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 97 km from Chikmagalur, 94 km from Davanagere, 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. Famous Jog Falls is situated in Shimoga district, at a distance of 105 km from Shimoga town.

Shimoga district is part of 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. 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 origins 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, 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.

Shimoga city is famous for its landscapes, waterfalls and historical places. 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 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 the some of the important Shimoga tourist places.

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.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 08182
Languages Spoken: Kannada, English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available

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


#1 of 6 Places to Visit in Shimoga

At a distance of 52 km from Kemmangundi, 20 Kms from Tarikere, 78 km from Chikmagalur & 31 km from Shimoga, Bhadra Dam is a magnificent Dam built across Bhadra River near Lakkavalli village.

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 boarder 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 hills stations in South India and among the must-visit places as part of Karnataka Tour Packages.

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 as '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 several rare species of medicinal plants like Garcinia, Myristica, Listsaea, Diospyros, .....

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

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#3 of 6 Places to Visit in Shimoga

At a distance of 39 km from Kemmangundi, 47 km from Shimoga, 79 km from Chikmagalur & 9 km from Tarikere, Amruthapura is a village located in Chikmagalur district of the Karnataka which is well known for the famous Amruteshwara Temple.

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 Malnad region surrounded by coconut and palm plantations.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple was built using soft clay stone. This medium sized temple showcases excellent craftsmanship of Hoysala architecture. This temple is in the ekakuta style, .....

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

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#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 the one of the highest plunge waterfall in India situated in Shimoga district of Karnataka State. Locally known as Geruoppe Falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi, this is one of the best waterfalls near Bangalore to visit as part of Karnataka holiday packages.

Jog Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in India and one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism. This is formed over the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 m (830 ft).The Sharavathi River flowing over a very rocky bed about 250 yards wide, 253 m deep and the water .....

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 62 km from Chikmagalur, 41 km from Kadur, 121 km from Hassan, 68 km from Shimoga, 205 km from Mangalore, 213 km from Mysore and 246 km from Bangalore, Kemmanagundi is a hill station in Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur district. At an altitude of 1434 m, Kemmanagundi is a beautiful and picturesque hill station, situated on the Baba Budan range. Kemmangundi derives its name from three Kannada words - kempu (red), mannu (soil) and gundi (pit) means a place with red soil. It is among the popular tourist places in Karnataka and one of the best places to visit near Bangalore.

Kemmanagundi is also popularly known by the name of KR Hills, named after the Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. Mesmerized by the beauty of the place, he .....

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

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Hill Station | Heritage

#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. This pristine hill station is also known as 'Gateway of Malenadu' or 'Gateway of Western Ghats'. In the old times, Sirsi was ruled by the Sonda dynasty and was known by the name of Kalyanapattana. Sirsi is one of the major trading centers for areca nut. The region is also known for spices such as cardamom, pepper, betel leaves, and vanilla.

Sirsi is a place full of .....

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

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