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.
Summer: 35 - 20°C
Winter: 30 - 10°C
October to February
Light cotton in summer and woollen in winter
Kannada, Hindi and English
The nearest airport is Mangalore that is connected to major cities in India.
Shimoga is a major railhead that is connected with major cities and places in India
Shimoga is connected by good motorable roads to all places in India.
- 165 km from Mangalore
- 274 km from Bangalore
- 195 km from Hubli
Where to Stay
Hotel Jewel Rock
Tel: 223051, 223056
Hotel Mathura Residency
Balraj Urs Road,
Tel: 260244, 260255
Hotel Sundar Ashraya
Tel: 223872, 221651
Tel: 279736, 279737
Hotel Sanman Lodge
Tel: 223319, 223444
Hotel Ashoka Deluxe
Opp. Bus Stand
Tel: 223787, 220285
Tel: 220027, 220028
Sri Lakshmi Tower
Behind Mallikarjuna Talkies,
Hotel Sanman Lodge
Garden Area, 3rd Cross
Tel: 223319, 223444
Hotel Ashoka Deluxe
Opp. Bus Stand
Tel: 223787, 220285
Tel: 220027, 220028
Hotel Navarathna International
Sri Lakshmi Tower
Behind Mallikarjuna Talkies,
APMC Guest House
Tel: 2257751, 2257750
DCC Bank Guest House
MAMCOS Guest House
RMC Yard Guest House
Forest Guest House
M.P.M Guest House
VISL Guest House
B.R.P Guest House
Tungabhadra Guest House
K.E.B Guest House
Sagar Taluka IB
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.
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.
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).
This magnificent fort on a hill is 16 km from Thirthahalli.
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.
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
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.
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.
The place is well connected by rail and road from Shimoga city and number of government
& private buses ply between Shimoga and Jog Falls.
The falls are situated 4km away from Agumbe, the sunset point in Thirthahalli Taluka.
Lush green trees and natural beauty surround the 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.
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
(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.
(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.
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.
(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.
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.
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
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