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Shimoga

Located on the banks of the Tunga River, Shimoga, headquarters of the district of the same name in Karnataka, has some of the most scenic countryside in India. Clothed with superb tropical forests, the district is famous for some exotic locales including several lakes and river valleys. The region has a long and colourful history when it was under the control of Satavahana dynasty and the Chalukyas of Badami in 3rd and 7th centuries AD respectively. With lots of attractions it is the most convenient base for visiting other interesting places as well as historical structures, temples, exotic wildlife, waterfalls in the district.

Fast Facts
Temperature : Summer: 35 - 20°C
Winter: 30 - 10°C
Season : October to February
Clothing :

Light cotton in summer and woollen in winter

Languages Spoken : Kannada, Hindi and English
STD Code : 08182

Getting There

Air
The nearest airport is Mangalore that is connected to major cities in India.

Rail:
Shimoga is a major railhead that is connected with major cities and places in India

Road
Shimoga is connected by good motorable roads to all places in India.
Shimoga is:

  • 165 km from Mangalore
  • 274 km from Bangalore
  • 195 km from Hubli

Where to Stay

Hotel Jewel Rock
Durgigudi Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 223051, 223056

Hotel Mathura Residency
Mathura Arcade,
Balraj Urs Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 260244, 260255

Hotel Sundar Ashraya
Thirthahally Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 223383

Tirumal Lodge
Park Extension,
Shimoga
Tel: 223872, 221651

Hotel Malnad
Garden Area,
3rd Cross,
Shimoga
Tel: 279736, 279737

Hotel Sanman Lodge
Garden Area,
3rd Cross
Nehru Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 223319, 223444

Hotel Ashoka Deluxe
Opp. Bus Stand
Shimoga
Tel: 223787, 220285

Vasavi Lodge
Park Extention,
Shimoga
Tel: 220027, 220028

Gaurav Lodge
Garden Area,
Shimoga
Tel: 223036

Sri Lakshmi Tower
Behind Mallikarjuna Talkies,
Shimoga
Tel: 227551

Ranganath Lodge
Nehru Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 240153

Durga Lodge
B.H. Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 223081

Hotel Sanman Lodge
Garden Area, 3rd Cross
Nehru Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 223319, 223444

Hotel Ashoka Deluxe
Opp. Bus Stand
Shimoga
Tel: 223787, 220285

Vasavi Lodge
Park Extention,
Shimoga
Tel: 220027, 220028

Gaurav Lodge
Garden Area,
Shimoga
Tel: 223036

Hotel Navarathna International
Shimoga
Tel: 275255

Sri Lakshmi Tower
Behind Mallikarjuna Talkies,
Shimoga
Tel: 227551

Ranganath Lodge
Nehru Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 240153

Durga Lodge
B.H. Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 223081

Ramakrishna Lodge
B.H.Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 222603

Ayodhya Lodge
B.H.Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 222976

Mayura Lodge
Gerusoppa(KSTDC)
Jog Falls
Tel: 344732

Youth Hostel,
Jog Falls

Ramakrishna Lodge
B.H.Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 222603

Ayodhya Lodge
B.H.Road,
Shimoga
Tel: 222976

APMC Guest House
Tel: 2250338

Circuit House        
Tel: 2257751, 2257750

DCC Bank Guest House
Tel: 2222396

MAMCOS Guest House
Tel: 2256513

RMC Yard Guest House
Tel: 2223834

Forest Guest House
Tel: 2250982

M.P.M Guest House
Tel: 2666318

VISL Guest House  
Tel: 2666321

B.R.P Guest House
Tel: 2635231

UAS, Navile 
Tel: 2222884

Tungabhadra Guest House
Tel: 2270595

K.E.B Guest House
Tel: 2271100

Sagar Taluka IB
Tel: 2326275

Sights to See 

Shivappa Naik Palace
Situated on the banks of river Tunga in the busy lanes of Shimoga city the palace is built by Shivappa Naik of Keladi in the 16th century. A good architectural piece built with rose wood, the palace is equipped with a museum, which has several interesting and rare archaeological collections of stone carvings and antiques of Keladi period. Recovered idols of Hoysala and Chalukya period from the early 16th century to late 18th century are displayed here.

Saint Thomas Church
Situated in the heart of city, the church is said to be the second largest church in India with an area of 18000 square feet area. The church is also equipped with a prayer hall with a capacity to hold 5000 people at a time.

Excursions

Keladi (17 km)
This was the first capital of Keladi Nayakas. The place is 6 km to the north of Sagar taluka. At almost the northern end of the village, there is a large courtyard, which is enclosed, in modern tiled verandah. In the middle of the courtyard stand 3 temples Rameshvara temple, which is in the centre, Veerbhadreshvara temple, which is to the right, and the Parvati temple, which is to the left. The Rameshvara & Veerbhadreshvara temples are a mixed pattern of Hoysala & Southern or Dravidian style. The Parvati temple is a small building, which has old back portion built of stone and the front modern portion built of brick. There is also a well-maintained Keladi Museum, which has a collection of copper inscriptions, palm leaves and coins from Nayaka's period.

Ikkeri (76 km)
The word means "Two Streets". This place was the capital of Keladi Nayakas for some years. The walls of the city were of great extent, forming three concentric enclosures. In the citadel was the palace build of mud and timber, adorned with carvings and false gildings. The only vestige of the former greatness of Ikkeri is the temple of Aghoreshvara, a large and well-proportioned stone building, constructed in a mixed style with a unique conception.

Koodali (16 km)
This is a place where rivers Tunga and Bhadra embrace and flow together. Koodali is a cultural place with rich heritage and temples around. It has the noted Smartha Monastery stated to have been founded in the 16th century by Jagadguru Narsimha Bharathi Swamigalu of Sringeri. Within the premises of the matha, there are shrines of Sharadamba and Shankaracharya. Outside, there are two temples of Hoysala times dedicated to Rameshvara and Narasimha. Koodali is also known as Varanasi of the south, it is home to Rushyashrama, Brahmeshwara, Narasimha and Rameshwara temples. The 600 years old mutt of Shankaracharya still stands with inscriptions of Hoysala and Okkeri Kings.

Ballegavi (72 km)
This historical place is situated 21 Km from Shikaripura taluka. This place is also known, as Dakshina Kedara was the capital of Banawasi rulers in the 12th century. The place is associated with several eminent Veershaiva saints like Allama prabhu, Akka-Mahadevi, Animishayya and Ekantada Ramayya. There are remains of many temples, shrines, mastikals, viragals and nisidigals. Some important temples are Kedareshvara temple made out of soap stone and is a fine specimen of late Chalukyan type, Tripurantakeshvara temple resembling the works of Belur and Halebedu, Prabhudeva temple is a smaller trikutchala structure, etc.

Chandragutti (86 km)
Chandragutti is situated between Soraba taluka and Siddapura at an altitude of 848 mtrs on a rocky mountain bed, this historical place and pilgrimage centre of Renukamba. The place was earlier known as Chandragupta Pura, Chandragutti pete, Gutti pete.

Humcha (54 km)
It is a renowned Jain Pilgrimage centre. The main attraction of Humcha is the Padmavathi Amma's temple. The Panchakuta Basadi (Jain temple) of 10th & 11th Century and Jain Mutt are other places of interest.

Bhadravathi (20 km)
The Lakshminarsimha temple, built by the Hoysalas in the heart of the town and the Rameshwara temple built on the banks of the river Tunga attract pilgrims from all parts of Karnataka and other states. Pilgrims frequent here for a darshans and a holy dip in the river. Bhadravathi is also most prominent Industrial centre in Shimoga district. The renowned Sir M Vishweshwaraiah Iron & Steel factory, The Mysore paper Mills and Sugar Factories were harbingers of Karnataka's industrial development.

Nagara (19 km)
It was the capital of Keladi rulers and later on was captured by Hyder Ali. Other places of interest are Shivappanaika palace, Neelakenteshwara temple, Devagana tank and Gudde Venkataramana Swamy temple.

Bandalike (81 km)
Bandalike is 35 Km to the north of Shikaripura, a place famous for basadis and temples is Bandalika. Here you can find sculptures and writtings of Rastrakutas and Kadambas period. Other places of interest are Shantinath basadi, Sahasralinga Temple and Someshwara threemurthy temples.

Kanoor fort
situated in the dense forest 50 km from Jogfalls on the way to Bhatkal. This Fort of Keladi dynasty was constructed by Kari Maneesena Rani Abbaka Devi (Spices queen).

Kavaledurga
This magnificent fort on a hill is 16 km from Thirthahalli.

Kubetoor
25km from Sorab is Kubetoor, has several old temples known for their architectural splendour, though now in a dilapidated condition, it still exemplifies the aesthetic sense of the dynasties that reigned. The Veerabhadra and Durgi are worth a visit. The Kedarashewara Temple is a Chalukyan architectural showpiece.

Talagunda
5km from Balligave lays Talagunda. Several ancient inscriptions are found here. The Pranseshwara temple is a must see. To the east of Talagunda is "Prabhudeva Gaddige".

Heggadu
8km from Sagar, a small village known for its Non-Government Drama training institute called NEENASAM initiated by K.V.Subanna. The institute is well equipped with an indoor auditorium known as 'Dr. Shivarama Karantha Rangamandira'. Regular workshops and training sessions, finds the place populated by renowned artists from all over the country.

Around Shimoga city
Ganapathi Devasthana located in Ramanna Shreste Park, Basaveshwar Temple located in Gandhi Bazar, Marikamba Devasthana , Kannika Parmeshwari etc are other temples located within the city limits. And it is said that there are 21 or more Ganapathi devasthanas around Shimoga city.

Jog Falls (100 km)
The most thrilling spectacle in the entire western region of Karnataka is the world famous Jog Falls. Location - It is situated on the borders of Shimoga and North Kanara. The wondrous sight is that of river Sharavathi taking a spectacular leap into the chasm from a height of 900 feet to from the highest waterfalls in India. The river Sharavathi hurtles in 4 distinct cascades. The first of these falls is known as the 'Raja' - the grandest, an unbroken sheet of water, the Raja plunges into the vapour-shrouded pool 900 feet below. A few 100 feet way down, with a thunderous gush, 'Roarer' joins Raja. Leaping down with great speed in a series of cascades in the 'Rocket' and gliding away in a feminine grace, 'Rani'. The effect is greatly heightened by the wild and beautiful region around which is covered with a wealth of luxuriant vegetation. The steps cut into rocks will lead you to the very depths of the fall and shower you with vaporous spray that bounces off these rocks.

Around Jog
There is also the splendid view of the Linganamakki dam, which is 1819 feet above sea level built across the river Sharavathi. This dam is the main feeder reservoir of the Mahatma Gandhi Hydroelectric project in Shimoga.

Transport
The place is well connected by rail and road from Shimoga city and number of government & private buses ply between Shimoga and Jog Falls.

Vanake-Abbey Falls
The falls are situated 4km away from Agumbe, the sunset point in Thirthahalli Taluka. Lush green trees and natural beauty surround the falls.

Achakanya Falls
10km from Thirthahalli on the way to Hosanagar near Aralsuruli you can find this eye catching waterfall. The river Sharavathi takes a spectacular leap here to form this wonderful falls.

Hidlamane Falls
This falls is situated near Nittur in Hosanagar Taluka. To reach the falls you have to trek the rocky hills surrounded by dense lush trees. Don't forget to carry your foodstuff.

Tunga Anecut
(10 km) On the way to Thirthahalli, you can find a place called Gajanur. The Tunga dam is situated here and an ideal picnic spot for the people around. Presently the dam is closed for general public as the dam height is being increased and construction work is going on.

B.R.P Dam
(28 km) Located near Kuvempu University, the dam is constructed across river Bhadra and the height of the dam is 194 ft. There are a number of islands created by the Bhadra River and you can enjoy the boat ride around these islands.

Linganmakki Dam
6 Km from Jog falls this dam is constructed across river Sharavathi. The height of the dam is 1819 ft above sea level. Linganmakki dam is the main feeder reservoir for the Mahatma Gandhi Hydro Electric Power unit.

Agumbe
(80 km) On the way to Udupi, 35 km from Thirthahalli fall a small place with big name called AGUMBE. It is situated at 2725 ft above sea level.

Agumbe is also known as the "Cherrapunji" of South India because this place receives the highest rainfall in South India. This place attracts tourists during the summer and winter season because of its glorious sunset. Dense lush green forests, small streams and ghats surround the place. The place finds its charm at the time of sunset, the sun sets with different hues, colours, shapes.

Kodachadri (115 km)
A glorious and enchanting mountain provides the perfect escape from the hectic pace of the humdrum of everyday life. Paradise for trekkers, the place attracts lot of trekkers around Karnataka state. Kodachadri is situated at 1411 ft above sea level and 115kmfrom Shimoga city. A beatific hill abode overlooking the panoramic Western Ghats, it is clothed with splendid evergreen forests. The first portion of the hill is very steep and difficult to ascend. On the west, the hill descends almost perpendicular for about 4026 ft, meeting the South Kanara forests that lie below. The sea appears quite close, and on clear day, you can also see the ships go by. The famous temple town of Kollur is 12 Km away. The steep hills challenge the trekkers for an adventurous trekking experience. Reaching the hilltop makes you feel on top of the world.

Kundadri
On the way to Agumbe from Thirthahalli, 9kmfrom Guddekeri near Begar you can find Kundadri hill. Kundadri is an adventurous place for trekking lovers. You can reach the hilltop by tar road also but it's a shaking experience if you walk up the mountain using the shortcut route. On reaching the top you can find the Parshwanath Chaityalaya, a stone structure. Kundadri hill is in fact a single gigantic monolithic rock formation with various outgrowths. A rough stone paved path leads one to the top of the hill. From the hill top you can see the twists and turns of the Thirthahalli-Agumbe road. This place is also a jain pilgrimage centre. Packing some light refreshments and moving on to ascend the hill would be a great idea.

Honnemaradu
About 25km from Sagar town on the way to jog falls, an adventure place by name Honnemaradu welcomes the adventure loving people. The place is situated on the backwaters of Sharavathi River. The place maintained by Adventurers, Bangalore. You can enjoy Kayaking, wind water surfing and all other water sports. On payment of small amount you get accommodation, food and water sport equipments. One important point to be noted before visiting this place is not to carry any Alcohol, Gutka, and Non-Veg items. All this items are banned in this place.

Tyarekoppa Lion Safari (10 km)
En route Sagar town Lions, Tigers and other wild life animals roam around in the deep forests freely. The lion-tiger safari started way back in 1988 is an ideal picnic spot. The safari is spread around an area of 200 Hectares of dense forest. You can witness to the grace, diversity, colour and marvel of nature and catch enlivening glimpses of Lions, Tigers, Cheetah, Bear, Deer, and rare migratory birds as they amble around in luxuriant habitat. Regular recreation and sightseeing outings are organised by the forest department for visitors.

Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp
On the way to Thirthahalli from Shimoga, 14km away from the city you can hear elephants reciting their lessons. One can find here many elephants being trained by professionals. Elephant from the adjoining forests bathe at this spot before they re-enter their forest abode. Every morning these majestic creatures waddle down to waters and after playfully cleansed their bodies and satiated their thirst, they leave the waters before the rays of the sun get stronger. They are off to deal with their day's routine only to return the following day. To catch a glimpse of these mammoths at play in the waters, get there before 9 a.m.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary (32 km)
On the way to Thirthahalli you can hear the birds tweeting. This place is picnic spot for birds migrating from far places around the world. The place is surrounded by dense lush green forest and the flow of river Tunga has created a small island, which adds to the beauty. The dense trees on the island provide shelter to migrating birds. Birds like Egrets, Bellakki Cormorant, Darter, Snake bird etc migrated from different parts of the world during May season for breeding. A high platform is built on the edge of river Tunga for bird watching. Boats are available for a closer watch.

Guduvi Bird Sanctuary
This bird sanctuary is unique for many reasons but is the only sanctuary located in the midst of dense forest. Guduvi is one of the 5 famous bird sanctuaries of Karnataka. The place is 16 Km from Soraba taluka of Shimoga district. This bird sanctuary is spread over an area of 73.68 Hectares. As per 1993 survey, it is told that 191 varieties of birds are found at this place. A natural lake and the trees give shelter to these birds. Some important birds found are White Pebis, Stone Bill, Egret, Cormorant, Snake bird, Heron etc. Different birds come from other parts of the world in different seasons for breeding. A platform is built for a closer look of birds.