Shimoga is a popular city in Karnataka. It holds the fame of
being expressed as ‘Rice Bowl of Karnataka’. It is a fabulous place of paddy
fields, awe-inspiring waterfalls and amazing landscapes. This verdant land is
drained by four main rivers namely Sharavathi, Tungabhadra, Kumudavathi and
Varada. Shimoga is a land of hills and scenic greenery. The serene and secluded
atmosphere and gentle breeze gives an awesome hug to each and every visitors of
Shimoga. It is a blessed land filled with astounding waterfalls, lush greenery
and abundant nature beauty. Those who thrive to drink the core essence of
nature can find this place as paradise. Jog waterfalls which is cascading from
Sharavathi River and Agumbe sunset views are the major attractions in Shimoga.
Tunga, Shivapa Naik Palace, Linganmakki Dam, Gudavi bird sanctuary, lion safari
and elephant camp are the other famous tourists spots.
Places to visit
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary
The popular destination of bird watchers which spreads
around 0.75 sq km. It is located on the banks of Gudavi Lake which is flocked
by varety of bird species during migratory period between July and October. One
can get to see Jungle fowl, Crane, darter, little grebe, white ibis, grey heron
and many more.
It is a famous town for Tiger and Lon Safari from the year
1998. The deep forest land spreads over 200 hectares. It offers to see lions,
tigers, deer, leopard, sloth bear and many more. Zoo and a children park are
It is a popular picnic spot, located around 6 km from jog
falls at an altitude of 554 meter from sea level and built across Sharavathi
River. It is one of the largest hydro-electric power stations of India.
It is a sizzling waterfalls cascading from the height of 253
meters, being the second highest waterfalls in India. It holds the legacy of
being the first untiered waterfalls in India. It offers a wide range of
panoramic and scenic views
Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp
It is popular elephant training camp, located at a distance
of 14 km from Shimoga where tourists can enjoy the various training given to
elephants, elephant bathing and feeding.
Sacred Heart Church, Tunga Dam, Shivappa Naik Palace and
Keladi are the other popular destinations in Shimoga. Agumbe and Kodachadri are
nearby interesting places to visit.
How to reach Shimoga
Mangalore airport is located at a distance of 140 km from
Shimoga is the nearest airport.
Shimoga has its own railhead which is well served by trains
and connects to all major cities of India.
There are numerous bus services available to reach Shimoga
Temperature is ranging from 15°c to 27°c. Shimoga is best viewed soon after monsoon, during
July and August.