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Jog falls - Relaxing time with scenic beauty

Jog falls - Relaxing time with scenic beauty  Video Review

Jog Falls

Mahadev Hiremath
25th Sep 17

Kalleshwara Malleshwara temple Shimoga

Kalleshwara Malleshwara temple Shimoga  Video Review

Shree Kalleshwara Malleshwara Swamy Temple

Pradyumna b Ramesh
24th Nov 17

Kuvempu's House

Kuvempu's House  Video Review

Kuvempu's House

Maria Victor
24th Apr 17

Awesome place to visit

Awesome place to visit  Video Review


Sreevidhya Subramania
13th Jan 17

Venkateshwara temple Sirsi Kumta Road Sirsi

Venkateshwara temple Sirsi Kumta Road Sirsi  Video Review

Venkataramana Temple

Pradyumna b Ramesh
26th Nov 17

Marikamba Temple sirsi

Marikamba Temple sirsi  Video Review

Marikamba Temple, Sirsi

Pradyumna b Ramesh
26th Nov 17

Good experience

Good experience  Video Review

Tavarekoppa Tiger And Lion Safari

14th Jan 17

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Reasons to go to Shimoga

1To visit the young bears at Thyavarekoppa
To visit the young bears at Thyavarekoppa

HolidayIQ Reviewer Tushar Patoliya says, “Thyavarekoppa is situated very close to Shimoga hardly 10km. Public and private transport is easily available, INR 30 is the entry fee per person and 50 for the camera. If you have your vehicle, the vehicle entry fees will be extra. 2-3 hours is the maximum time required to visit. You must miss out on the bears here as they are really friendly.”


Read more at Spot The Mighty Bear With Your Love At These 7 Forests

2Jog Falls, Karnataka
Jog Falls, Karnataka

Jog Waterfalls located in Shimoga is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India and a major tourist attraction. What makes Jog falls spectacular is not its height but the width. Its girth is 290 mt and it is as high as 259 meters. HolidayIQ Traveller Atul Chitale shares his experience, “The falls is worth seeing during monsoon when it is raining heavily or water has been discharged from the Lingamakki Reservoir.”


Read more at 10 Spectacular Waterfalls in India to Explore in 2017

3Take A Rickshaw Ride To Mattur
Take A Rickshaw Ride To Mattur

The easiest way to get to Mattur is via Shimoga which is one of the main towns in Karnataka. There are plenty of sharing rickshaws and buses plying from any part of Shimoga to Mattur all through the day. There are no restaurants or guest houses in Mattur. One can stay in the village paatshaala (school) or look for home stay options within the village. Mattur is the last Sanskrit speaking village left in India. This village is situated on the banks of the River Tunga and has a beautiful small Lord Rama temple situated on its banks which is one of the few attractions of the village.


Read more at This Village Near Bangalore Is The Only Place Where People Speak In Sanskrit! 6 Things You Can Do Near Mattur

4Spend Sometime Alone At Kudali Sangama
Spend Sometime Alone At Kudali Sangama

HolidayIQ Traveller Mssthirdeve recommends visiting Kudali Sangama. Kudali Sangama-14 Kms from Shimoga where Tunga and Bhadra rivers merge. You might not find this place crowded with tourist. This place is like a Land's End since two rivers are meeting, hence, even though people specifically come to this place, there is no place for them to linger on.

Read more at This Village Near Bangalore Is The Only Place Where People Speak In Sanskrit! 6 Things You Can Do Near Mattur

5Go For A Wildlife Safari
Go For A Wildlife Safari

Lion and Tiger Safari is around 12 Km from the Shimoga bus terminus. Not a safari in the true sense of the word because the lions and tigers are housed in fenced enclosures and a sighting is guaranteed. The park also has a mini zoo housing hyenas, bears, porcupines, pythons, and alligators. Entrance is 15 rupees, cameras 50 rupees (video cameras 150 rupees) and safari bus ticket 40 rupees. Unlike some other tourist spots in India, the charges here are not the same for Indian and foreign nationals. For Foreign Nationals it is 400 rupees. HolidayIQ Traveller Amara says, “A nice safari to enjoy and watch wild animals.”


Read more at This Village Near Bangalore Is The Only Place Where People Speak In Sanskrit! 6 Things You Can Do Near Mattur

Reviews (71)

Ajith G a

Ajith G a4.3/5

139 reviews

Wide Roads !!

I visited Shimoga recently for a short trip and the experience was very good I visited these places:. Sakrebylu Elephant Camp & Boating. Tyarekoppa Tiger & Lion Safari. Gandhi Park. Beary's City Centre Mall There are number of good restaurants as well Overall good experience.

Ranjan Holla

Ranjan Holla4.3/5

8 reviews

A small town with pretty good number of industries

The town is pretty good when considered about climate.
There is an elephant camp "Sakrebail" wherein, you get to see lot of elephants.
There is another zoo about 15kms from city, pretty well maintained.
Religious places like Sringeri and Horanadu comes under this district and are within radius of 125kms.

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Shimoga Overview

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.

Photos of Shimoga

Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp , Shimoga

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Ashwathi Kaimal

Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp , Shimoga
Kodachadri, Shimoga

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Nivedita Mohanan

Kodachadri, Shimoga
Kodachadri, Shimoga

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Nivedita Mohanan

Kodachadri, Shimoga
Bhadra River Project Dam, Shimoga

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Santosh Rao

Bhadra River Project Dam, Shimoga

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