About Shimoga

Country: India | State: Karnataka

Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day

Nearest City to Shimoga: Hubli (193 Kms), Bangalore (298 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Shimoga: October to March

Peak Season: October to March

At a distance of 94 km from Davanagere, 97 km from Chikmagalur, 148 km from Hassan, 208 km from Mangalore, 298 km from Bangalore, and 356 km from Panjim, Shimoga, also known as Shivamogga is a city & district headquarters in Karnataka. It is one of the popular Karnataka tourist places, and among the best places to visit near Bangalore.

Shimoga district is part of the Malnad region and it is also known as the Gateway to Malnad. The district is bounded by the districts of Haveri, Davanagere, Chikmagalur, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada. Shimoga city is famous for its landscapes, waterfalls, and historical places, which are the main attractions of ShimogaTour Packages. Shivamogga is often referred to as the rice bowl of the Karnataka State. The main rivers of Shimoga are Sharavathi, Varada, Tungabhadra, and Kumudavathi, which play a main role in the production of paddy in this region.

There are many legends about the name Shivamogga has evolved. According to one, the name Shivamogga is related to the Hindu God Shiva. Shiva-Mukha meaning Face of Shiva can be the origin of the name Shivamogga. Another legend indicates that the name Shimoga is derived from the word Sihi-Moge which means sweet pot.

According to history, the Shimoga region came under the control of the Kadambas of Banavasi around 345 AD. Later Kadambas became feudatories of Badami Chalukyas around 540 AD. In the 8th century, Rashtrakutas ruled this region. The Kalyani Chalukyas overthrew the Rashtrakutas, and the district came under their control. In the 12th century, the Hoysalas annexed this area and after the fall of the Hoysalas, the entire region came under the Vijayanagar Empire. When the Vijayanagar Empire was defeated in 1565 CE in the battle of Tallikota, the Keladi Nayakas who were originally feudatory of the Vijayanagar Empire took control, declared sovereignty, and ruled as an independent kingdom for about two centuries. In 1763 Haider Ali captured the capital of Keladi Nayakas and as a result, the district came into the rule of the Kingdom of Mysore and remained a part of it till India acquired independence from the British.

Jog Falls, Kunchikal Falls, Barkana Falls, Achakanya Falls, Onake Abbey Falls, Hidlumane Falls, and Dabbe Falls are some of the popular waterfalls in Shimoga. Jog Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Karnataka, as well as India, is a major attraction of Shimoga. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Agumbe, Kodachadri, Keladi, Tunga dam, Linganmakki dam, Shivappa Naik Palace, the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, Gudavi bird sanctuary, Tyarekoppa Lion Safari, and Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp are some of the important place to visit in Shimoga.

The nearest airport to Shimoga is Hubli, at a distance of 204 km from Shimoga. It has flights from Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok, and Katmandu. Shimoga Railway Station is well connected with Bangalore, Mysore, Birur, Chikmagalur, and Talugappa. Shimoga is well connected by bus with Bangalore, Mysore, Chikmagalur, Hassan, Mangalore, Davanagere, Hubli, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Pune.

October to March is the best time to visit Shimoga when the weather is pleasant and suitable for sightseeing.

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Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 08182
Languages Spoken: Kannada, English
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How to Reach Shimoga

By Air

Nearest Airport: Hubli - Hubli Airport (204 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Shimoga Town Railway Station (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Shimoga Bus Station (4 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Shimoga

Backwaters

#1 of 6 Places to Visit in Shimoga

At a distance of 20 km from Tarikere, 31 km from Shimoga, 52 km from Kemmangundi, and 78 km from Chikmagalur, Bhadra Dam is a magnificent dam built across Bhadra River near Lakkavalli village. It is one of the popular places to visit in Shimoga.

The dam offers wonderful views of the surrounding hills. There are several small islands formed by the reservoir and these islands are shelters for migrating birds. Boating facility is available in the reservoir. The forests & valleys surrounded by the dam are rich in wildlife and the reservoir is the western border of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

Safari into the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary starts from River Tern Lodge near Bhadra Dam.

Lakkavalli can be easily reached from Tarikere.

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Hill Station

#2 of 6 Places to Visit in Shimoga

At a distance of 26 km from Sringeri, 31 km from Thirthahalli, 55 km from Udupi, 62 km from Kundapura, 77 km from Kudremukh, 94 km from Shimoga, 112 km from Mangalore, 342 km from Bangalore, Agumbe is a small hill town located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, India. Nestled in the thickly forested Malnadu region of the Western Ghats, it is one of the most mesmerizing offbeat hill stations in Karnataka, and among the most famous places to visit near Mangalore.

Situated at an altitude of over 2100 feet, the scenic village of Agumbe lies in the Western Ghats belt with some of the last remaining lowland rainforests. The place is nicknamed 'The Cherrapunji of the South' as it receives the heaviest rainfall in the southern part which makes it a perfect home to some of the scenic waterfalls, dense forests, and rivers. It is also called Hasiru Honnu means green gold as it is home to .....

Distance (From Shimoga): 94 Kms
Trip Duration (From Shimoga - Including Travel): Full Day
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Heritage

#3 of 6 Places to Visit in Shimoga

At a distance of 39 km from Kemmangundi, 47 km from Shimoga, and 79 km from Chikmagalur, Amruthapura is a village located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka which is well known for the famous Amruteshwara Temple. It is one of the historical places to visit as part of Kemmanagundi Packages.

The Amruteshwara Temple is an ancient temple built in 1196 AD by Amruteshwara Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala ruler Veera Ballala II. Ruvari Mallitamma, the well-known Hoysala sculptor and architect is known to have started his career here working on the domed ceilings in the main mantapa. On the porch of the temple is a large stone inscription, a fine example of medieval Kannada poetry. This temple is situated near the Bhadra Reservoir in the Malnad region surrounded by coconut and palm plantations. It is one of the best places to visit in Kemmanagundi.

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Distance (From Shimoga): 47 Kms
Trip Duration (From Shimoga - Including Travel): 3 Hours
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Waterfall

#4 of 6 Places to Visit in Shimoga

At a distance of 400 km from Bangalore, 105 km from Shimoga, 161 km from Hubli, 87 km from Murudeswar, 150 km from Karwar, 31 km from Sagar, 60 km from Sirsi & 21 km from Siddapur, Jog falls is situated in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Locally known as Geruoppe Falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi, it is one of the highest plunge waterfalls in India, and among the best places to visit in Karnataka.

This is formed over the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 m (830 feet). The Sharavathi River flowing over a very rocky bed about 250 yards wide, 253 m deep and the water comes down in four distinct falls known as Raja, Rani, Rover, and Rocket. The four cascades merge to form the huge waterfall. The Raja Fall pours in one unbroken column sheer to the depth of 830 ft. Halfway down it is encountered by the Rover, another fall, which rushes violently downwards to meet the Raja. The third .....

Distance (From Shimoga): 105 Kms
Trip Duration (From Shimoga - Including Travel): 6 Hours
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Hill Station

#5 of 6 Places to Visit in Shimoga

At a distance of 41 km from Kadur, 62 km from Chikmagalur, 68 km from Shimoga, 121 km from Hassan, 205 km from Mangalore, 213 km from Mysore, and 246 km from Bangalore, Kemmanagundi is a hill station in Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur district. It is one of the popular tourist places in Karnataka, and among the best places to visit near Bangalore.

Kemmanagundi is a beautiful and picturesque hill station situated at an altitude of 1434 m on the Baba Budan range. Breathtaking views of the valleys amidst mountain streams and lush vegetation are the main attractions of Kemmanagundi tour packages. The region is covered with plantations of coffee and tea along with thick bamboo groves forming a dense forest cover.

Kemmangundi derives its name from three Kannada words - kempu (red), mannu (soil) and gundi (pit) mean a place with red .....

Distance (From Shimoga): 68 Kms
Trip Duration (From Shimoga - Including Travel): Full Day
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Hill Station

#6 of 6 Places to Visit in Shimoga

At a distance of 84 km from Gokarna, 99 km from Shimoga, 100 km from Dandeli, 102 km from Hubli, 115 km from Karwar, 125 km from Murudeshwar, 196 km from Belgaum, 202 km from Panjim, 277 km from Mangalore, 376 km from Mysore, 395 km from Bangalore, and 588 km from Hyderabad, Sirsi is a small hill station located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It is the main commercial center and a business hub in the Malnadu region, and among the must include places in Karnataka tour packages.

Situated at an altitude of 2000 feet, Sirsi is a tourist destination that is surrounded by thick forests and towering hills. It is one of the most popular places to visit near Hubli. Sirsi is a place full of surprises and one can visit numerous religious spots, waterfalls, and forests replete with rich flora and fauna as part of Sirsi holiday packages. In .....

Distance (From Shimoga): 99 Kms
Trip Duration (From Shimoga - Including Travel): Full Day
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