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Best stop-over Place for site seeing in Central Karnataka
Beautiful & next booming city Shimoga
I am heading to Shimoga
History of Shimoga
Situated on the banks of the Tunga River, Shimoga is known as the "Gateway to Malnad". Archaeological excavations indicate that the history of the city dates back to the 3rd century B.C. Once a part of Emperor Ashoka's Mauryan Empire, it was later ruled by the Kadambas, Chalukyas, and Hoysalas before becoming a part of the Kingdom of Mysore. Poet Kuvempu (Dr K.V. Puttappa) hails from this city which is known for its contributions to the Indian freedom struggle. Many of the places to see in Shimoga are of historical importance.
People and Culture of Shimoga
Kannada is the language commonly spoken by people in the region though there are those who speak Urdu, Hindi, and Tamil also. Hindus account for about 85 percent of the populace with Muslims comprising around 12 percent. Buddhists and Christians are in a minority as also the Havyaka Brahmins and the Sanketis. The two latter groups speak their own languages Havigannada, which is a variation of Kannada, and Sanketi language. Visitors on a trip to Shimoga are impressed with its atmosphere of religious harmony.
Things To Do in Shimoga
Of the places to visit in Shimoga, Gandhi Park in the heart of the city is a fun place for families to spend some time. There is also an aquarium on the premises for those on Shimoga sightseeing. The elephant training camp at Sakkarebayalu, located around 14 kms from the city is where visitors can catch a glimpse of majestic elephants being trained by qualified mahouts. Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari is one of the popular picnic spots in Shimoga, located about 10 kms from the city, and houses a zoo and children's park. The famous Jog Falls is found on the list of Shimoga tourist places. This is because it is the nearest big city to the falls. Bhadra River Project Dam, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Gajanur Dam, Agumbe, and Keladi are some other Shimoga attractions.
Food and Shopping in Shimoga
A variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian restaurants and eateries offer a wide range of food options to those on a Shimoga tour. Sampling Akki Roti, Bisi Bele Baath, Jolada Rotti, Chiroti, Obbattu, and Halasina Hannina Kadubu should figure on the list of things to do in Shimoga. Shimoga is known for its rosewood carvings, handicrafts, and silk products. The local shops are a must on the list of Shimoga places to visit. Handwoven saris, durries made of natural fibre, and ceramics are some of the items that are locally produced. Take a break from sightseeing in Shimoga to shop for some souvenirs to take home.
Shimoga seems to be very popular this season!