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Shimoga Tourism

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Giri Priya
  • Giri Priya
  • 2 Reviews

"A weekend getaway place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Shimoga is a place that's synonymous with the natures bounty waterfall of Jog Falls and has many other attractions. During my visit to Shimoga, I avoided Jog Falls being able to have seen it all these years. So my first visit of my trip was to one of the highest peaks of Karnataka, Kodachadri. Kodachadri is nestled in between Kollur and Hosanagara and it is a trekkers' delight. The second place was Hombuja, a Jain piligrimage center of Parsvanath being just off route to Ripponpet was blissful to experience spirituality. This turned out be a short trip of two days as it was a weekend.
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Malini G
  • Malini G
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews

"Be a Part of the Monsoon Magic!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2014
Shimoga is the place to be if you are in Karnataka during monsoons. The rain Gods descend in this region with all their might and despite the stunted drop caused by the Linganamakki dam, the Jog leaps into life. Even during the other seasons, there are other places to appreciate and enjoy - Kuppalli, Thirthahalli, Agumbe etc. Been there twice and wouldn't mind going again!
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Praveen kumar Kundyana
  • Praveen kumar Kundyana
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 8 Reviews

"Good place for nature lovers"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 23, 2013
Shimoga is a agrarian place with the majority of them involved in farming activities. The city though not a place to hang out, but the surrounding places of visit are awesome. Central place if you are visiting Kemmangundi, Mandagadde or Jog falls which one can not any way miss. Also, one can take of to Agumbe or Sringeri if on your travel plan. Avoid traveling in the monsoons, as it can be useless with continuous rains. Nov to Jan will be ideal for stay with some light warm clothes.
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Amara
  • Amara
  • 4 Reviews

"Enjoyable place."

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 15, 2013
Shimoga is a very beautiful place of Karnataka with all facilities available. Bus stand is very modern and is connected to major cities of south India. I enjoyed the lush green city and well connected nice roads. Food facilities good in restaurant. Nice moderate temperature.
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Krupakaran
  • Krupakaran
  • 3 Reviews

"Trip to Shimoga"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 5, 2013
Overall experience is good, as we have lot of places to watch around
There are lot of places like jog falls, theerthahalli, sagar where we can spend time and enjoy the nature.
The jog falls is a good water falls to watch and even theerthahalli is a good place to see
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Aslam
  • Aslam
  • 4 Reviews

"Lovely trip, would visit again"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2013
The experience in Shimoga was very good. We enjoyed so much had so much fun while travelling and being there in hotels at Jog Falls. We have enjoyed that trip so much and also enjoyed the Jog Falls and the best services of hotels. And to be there was our pleasure and the experience was world class. I would like to go there again and again.
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Dines
  • Dines
  • 4 Reviews

"Best travel.."

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 29, 2013
Its very near to visit most tourism places like Bhadra Dam, Jog falls, Kodachadri Hill station & also many Temple Like Sringeri, Hornadu, Kolluru, Murudeawara many more place and also visit Thirthahalli kuvempu house..you can stay with your family or friends..
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Pradeep
  • Pradeep
  • 2 Reviews

"The best during rainy season"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Oct 15, 2013
If you drive down to Shimoga from Bangalore, it is a nice experience on the highway then through the villages before reaching Shimoga /Jog. Jog Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls and is a nice place to visit in September month as the rains are less. During rainy season, Jog is at its best- a waterfall amidst forest . This location suits all type of travellers and is also close to other many historical places.
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Viswas k p Menon
  • Viswas k p Menon
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  • 7 Reviews

"A mix of Heritage and Modern"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 12, 2013
Had visited Shimoga a few years ago before my recent visiti in August 2013 to attend the Natyaadhana Festival. Visited the very first temple of Lord Hanuman in this planet. A wonderful heritage experience. This Anjaneya Temple has a wonderful story. The location of the temple was in the past yuga the ashrama of Dhurvasa Sage. This temple is open to people of all religions as the deity is said to be very powerful and grants the wishes of all devotees. Due to limited time could not visit the other important places like the Jog Falls. Had visited the falls in my earlier visit.
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Arun
  • Arun
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice Experience"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2013
If you drive down to Shimoga from Bangalore, it is a nice experience on the high way then through the villages before reaching Shimoga /Jog. Jog is a nice place to visit in September month as rains are less and waterfalls view is good to see. Beetal nut plantations is nice to visit with various other spice plantations .
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Shimoga Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage

Shimoga is the main city of Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka. The name 'Shimoga'  is derived from the term ‘Shiva-Mukha’, meaning,  'Face of Shiva'. Locally, it is called Shiva-Mogga. This place is famous for its landscapes, waterfalls and paddy fields. Shimoga district is popularly known as the ‘Rice Bowl’ of Karnataka..

The city is located 273 km southwest of Bangalore. It is bound by the districts of Davanagere to the east, Chikmagalur to the southeast, Udupi to the southwest, Haveri to the northeast, and North Canara (Uttara Kannada) to the northwest. The main rivers of Shimoga are Sharavathi, Varada, Tungabhadra and Kumudavathi, which play a main role in the production of paddy in this region.

History of Shimoga

Shimoga was formed during the advent of Emperor Ashoka, in the third century BC. It was ruled by the great Indian dynasties of the Chalukyas, Gangas, Kadambas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysals, Keladi Nayakas, Vijayanagar Kings and Mysore Maharajas. The city was a  part of the Mysore kingdom from the late 17th century until the Independence of India in 1947.

Things to do in Shimoga

The climate of Shimoga is tropical wet and dry. Rainfall occurs between June and early October. The hills of Shimoga are part of the Western Ghats, a place known for rainfall and greenery. Shimoga is also called the land of hills.

Jog Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in India is a major attraction of Shimoga. Originating from the Sharavathi River, it falls from a height of 253 meters (829 ft).  The alternative name of Jog Falls is ‘Gerusoppe’ and Gersoppa Falls. 

Agumba is known for its sunset view and heavy rainfall. Tourists come here during summer and winter season to see sunset. Kodachadri, the highest peak of Shimoga district and120 km from the place, is a hill station consisting of the Western Ghats. 

Keladi, the first capital of the Keladi Nayakas, is popular for a group of temples that display ancient architecture styles namely Kadamba, Hoysala and Dravida. The Museum in Keladi maintains a collection of palm leaves, copper inscriptions and coins from the Nayaka era.  

Besides these places, other tourist spots are Tunga, Linganmakki Dams, and Shivappa Naik Palace. The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, Gudavi bird sanctuaries, Tyarekoppa Lion Safari and Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp offer options of seeing wildlife and different bird species. Shimoga holiday packages is another option to explore the scenic destination. 

Travelling to do Shimoga

The nearest airport to the city is Mangalore, at a distance of 140 km from Shimoga. Taxi services are available from the airport to reach Shimoga. The city has a railway station and is connected to various Indian cities. The best time to visit Shimoga is between the months of October and March.

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Popular hotels in Shimoga include budget hotels, resorts and guesthouses hotels among others. 


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