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Welcome to Shimoga,

Shimoga is a district in Indian state of Karnataka. The city lies on the banks of the Tunga River. Being the gateway for the hilly region of the Western Ghats, the city is popularly nicknamed as "Gateway of Malnad". The name of the city is derived from the term "shivmoga", "History behind the city name due to story that the Lord Shiva drunk Tunga river water using Mogge at the city, hence the city name Shiva-mogga". Shimoga was ruled by the great Indian dynasties of the Kadambas, Gangas, Chalukyas, Rastrakutas, Keladi and Vijaynagar Kings. Shimoga is an important tourist destination, industrial, commercial, fine arts and educational centre.

Jog Falls is a major tourist attraction. Other famous places are Kodachadri Hill, Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Shivappanaika Palace Museum, Shivappa Nayaka Palace etc.

Famous Places in Shimoga
Achakanya Falls

10 Kms from Thirthahalli on the way to Hosanagar near Aralsuruli you can find this eye catching water falls. The river Sharavathi takes a spectacular leap here to form this wonderfull falls.


Agumbe is a small village located in Shimoga district, Thirthahalli taluk in the Malnad region of Karnataka, India. It is sometimes called "The Cherrapunji of the South" after Cherrapunji, in Northeast India. It is famous for various waterfalls and scenic beauty.

Barkana Falls

The Barkana Falls, formed by Seetha River, is a water falls located near Agumbe in Shimoga district of state of Karnataka, India and the water falls is among the ten highest waterfalls in India. The water falls is filled with water only during rainy season. Barkana falls is located at a distance of 10 km from Agumbe and has a height of about 500 feet and the area is surrounded by thick forest of Western Ghats.

Bhadra River Dam

Bhadra River Dam is built across Bhadra river at Lakkavalli at distance of 20 km from Bhadravathi city. The dam was constructed by Sir. M. Vishweshwaraiah, the then chief engineer of Karnataka state. The dam mainly serves the purpose of irrigation in and around Bhadravathi taluk and Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and a Project Tiger, tiger reserve located in Shimoga and Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka state. Bhadra sanctuary has a wide range of flora and fauna and is a popular place for day outings. Bhadra supports more than 120 plant species. n estimated 33 tigers are found in Bhadra. Other mammals in the sanctuary include elephant, gaur, sloth bear, wild boar, black leopard, jungle cat, jackal, wild dog, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, slender loris, small Indian civet, common palm civet, pangolin, porcupine, flying squirrel and the Malabar giant squirrel.


Bhatkal is an important attraction in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Considered as one of the oldest ports of India, this ancient town has a great historical significance. This historical town has beautiful beaches and has Portuguese influence. The city is known for its temples and mosques.

Dabbe Falls

, The Dabbe Falls greets the wary visitor with the most stunning sight of the waterfall gushing from the mountain precipice. The sere falls are located in the Hosagadde Village of the Shimoga District of Karnataka. A part of the Sharavati valley, the stunning falls adorn the Western Ghats and are surrounded by jaw dropping natural beauty. The sound that the water makes as it drops down from a great height is an incredible sight. The trail that leads to the Dabbe falls, passes through a dense forest and the unpolluted atmosphere makes up for the most striking sights in nature.


Gajanur is a village 12 km from Shivamogga in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, India. The Tunga River flows through the village. Gajanur is well known for the dam built across the river. 1 km from Gajanur there is place called "Sakkarebaylu" which is an elephant training camp run by the government of India. located on the banks of the Tunga river. It is 15 km from "Mandagadde" bird life sanctuary.

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is located in the Soraba taluk of Sagara Subdivision in the Indian state of Karnataka. Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is located on the Banavasi Road in Gudavi of Sorab Taluk which is 16 km from Sorab town. The bird sanctuary is one of the best five of Karnataka. It is spread over an area of 0.74 square km. The picturesque Gudavi Lake with trees all along its banks is a beautiful sight in itself. It is a small seasonal lake and is filled with water mostly in the rainy season. Various avian species migrate from across the globe in different seasons for breeding. A platform is built for bird watchers to have a closer look at the birds.


Located in the Sagar Taluk, Heggodu is a pristine village and is one of those Shimoga tourist places that hold a little secret. It is one of the only towns that is blessed for being the location of NINASAM which is a cultural organisation that actively contributes to the world of drama, films and literature. A visit to this town to witness the local dance troupes, theater acts and art groups perform is surely warrante don your trip to Shimoga. In fact so famous is this little town, that artists from all over the world come here to contribute to the cause of local art and many more to attend the residential workshops. You can reach Heggodu from Hosangara via a local transport or taxi from Shimoga.


A paradise for sport-buffs and a haven for nature-lovers, Honnemaradu, located on the backwaters of the river Sharavathy, is a marvel till as far as the eyes can behold and beyond. From watching butterflies and birds fluttering around to taking a boat-ride in the turquoise waters in Honnemaradu, there is no dearth to entertainment options while in this amazing destination. Once a village, the lake cum reservoir now stands as the only tourist sight in the area. Camping is allowed in the island nestled in the middle of the lake. Kayaks, coracles, canoes, surf-board and sails can be wonderfully enjoyed in the waters. Swimming, photography or playing water volley ball followed by an upward trek to watch sunset-views completed by camp-fires and parties are the perfect ingredients for a vacation worth relishing.


Humcha is a small village located in Shimoga district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is famous for being home to an ancient temple of Goddess Padmavati, and to the Humbaj Matha (seminary/monastery), an important institution of the Jain community. This temple is considered to be very holy and is known or its cultural and historical heritage. Other notable highlights of the place are a lake that reputedly never dries up and a tree that likewise always remains green. Jain devotees of this holy place are everywhere throughout India and also in foreign countries. Thousands of devotees come to the Humbaj every year for fulfillment of their desires.


Ikkeri is a small historical place located at about 3km from the Shimoga Town in the Sagar Taluk. The main attraction at Ikkeri is the Aghoreshwara Temple which was constructed by the Keladinayakas. The temple has been dedicated to Lord Shiva and is surrounded by a vast open space. Located on a slightly higher elevation, the temple can be entered into via a small but splendid cubical that has been made out of granite. The image of the Nandi at the entrance of the temple is what grabs eyeballs because of its glassy finish.The surroundings of the temple are intricately carved reflecting the skill of the masters bygone!

Jog Falls

Jog Falls In Karnataka is the the second highest plunge waterfall in the country. This famed spectacular waterfall is situated on the borders of Shimoga and North Kanara in Shimoga distict of Karnataka. The iconic waterfalls is called by various other names like Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa falls and Jogada Gundi. The source of its astoundingly height and flow is the Sharavathi River.

Jog Falls is situated amid thick evergreen forests and water flows in four different falls, like Raja, Roarer, Rocket and Rani. 1500 steps have been built by the tourism department in order to make visitors reach the bottom of the hill. Jog Falls is one of the most coveted tourist destination in Karnataka state and tourists from all over the country visit the attraction to enjoy in the lap of nature. During monsoon, the falls become voluminous lending it a spectacular look. The roar of gushing water, rocky steps and adventurous walk make a visit to jog Falls utterly thrilling and memorable.

Kanoor Fort

Kanoor Fort is 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. The queen was exporting spices to European countries. Queen popularly called as spices queen (Sambru Mennsina Rani in kannada language).


This temple town is located in the SagarTaluk of the Karanatak state. This historic town is a relic of the Keladi rulers who were the feudals of the Vijayangara Empire. The main sight to vist in Keladi is the Rameshwara Temple, which is built up in the Hoysala and Dravida style. The temple, though of humble outdoors, houses a treasure trove of intricate carvings and revered deities inside. The temple houses three deities, Lord Rameswara (Linga and Nandi), Lord Veerabhadra and Lord Ganesh. The pillars are stunningly carvedwith epic gods and goddesses as well as animals. At the ceiling you can find the legendary (imaginary) two headed bird called Garudabande.

Kodachadri Hill

Thick green forest covered Kodachadri Hill is a well kept secret in the Western Ghats in Shimoga District of Karnataka. Unspoiled, untouched and mildly unexplored, Kodachadri Hill's prismatic beauty is something that eyes hold for uncountable years. Owing to its ever-shining greenery and towering facet, it has been declared as a natural heritage site by the Government of Karnataka.

As one takes the pain to reach the 1,343 metre high Kodachadri Hill, his eyes will be taken aback by the enchanting look of the golden sun as it gradually nods its head down on the blue stretch of Arabian Ocean. The site of the first rays of sun that marks the beginning of a new day is equally enchanting. The peak can be reached by trekking from Nagodi village or Nittur. The popular Kollur Mookambika Temple is set against the backdrop of Kodachadri Hill, from where one can take pictures of the captivating vivid landscape.

Koodli Arya Akshobhya Thirtha Mutt

The Mutt was established by Sri Akshobhya Thirtha (a prominent disciple of Sri Madhvacharya) around the 13th or 14th century. The mutt has a rich tradition and is famed for its knowledge of Sanskrit and Madhvacharya's philosophy. There have been three peetadhipathis till date. The current peetadhipathi is H.H. Sri Raghuvijaya Thirta.

Kunchikal Falls

Kunchikal Falls, also called Kunchikal Abbe, is located near Masthikatte-Hulikal bordering Udupi-Shimoga districts of state of Karnataka. Kunchikal falls is formed by Varahi river. Kunchikal falls cascades down rocky boulders and total height of fall is 455 meters (1,493 feet) making it the highest waterfall in India.


In the Theerthahalli Taluka of Shimoga region is the delightful abode of Kundadri Hill, a solid rock structure with a Jain Temple at the top. Rising 3,200 feet above ocean level, the KundadriHills is a cool destination that is a perfect spot to visit amidst any weather condition. Secured in rich green woodlands, this trek to Kundadri is a heavenly experience which is also a holyplace for Jains furthermore a fine spot to do a touch of trekking and hiking, for adventure lovers. The hills are named after a Jain priest Kundakundacharya who is said to have performed a serious penance here. The seventeenth Century Jain Temple is particularly crowded amid the season of MakaraSankranthi in January. Kundadri Hills being a pilgrimage destination has a tar road that leads to the temple.

Linganamakki Dam

The Linganamakki Dam was constructed by the Karnataka State Government in 1964. Located in the Sagara taluk, the dam has a length of 2.4 km, stretching across the Sharavathi river. It is located about 6 km from Jog Falls. The dam was designed to impound 4368 million cubic meter of water in an area of around 300 km?, submerging 50.62 km? of wetland and 7 km? of dry land, with the remaining being forest land and wasteland. The dam's height is 1,819 feet (554 m) above sea level.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

It is basically a small island on River Tunga located at a distance of 32 Kms from the city. The Sanctuary is a home to several migratory birds like egret, darter, cormorant, snake-bird, etc. It is blessed with rich and varied flora and fauna.

Nagara Fort

It is 17 km from Hosanagara and 84 km from Shimoga, which is previously known bidanur. The palace building is rectangular on plan, accommodating series of rooms and halls. The large open area to the west seems to have been used to accommodate the audience hall. A steep ramp provided at the south western end of the open courtyard abutting the outer fort wall leads to an observatory tower. On the whole, the structural remains scattered inside the fort, though the ruins, provided a representative specimen of a medieval layout forts.

Sacred Heart Church

Sacred Heart Church is one of the oldest and the second largest church in India. The church has a huge prayer hall, and is spread across an area of 18000 square feet. The splendid architecture of the church and a beautiful statue of Jesus Christ are the main attractions of this place. The architectural magnificence can be attributed to the peculiar Gothic and Roman styles.

Sakrebailu Elephant Camp

Situated at around 14km from Shimoga, the Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is located on the Thirthahalli Rood. The camp houses a number of elephants and is truly a sight of wonderous bewilderment. The elephants are all led by experienced Mahouts who bring them from the nearby forests to snack and play merrily in the Tunga river backwaters.

The wonderous sight of the elephants splashing about in the waters is a must not miss sight of Shimoga Tourist places. The camp is open from 8:30 to 11 in the morning. However, if you do want to see the elephants bathing, it is recommended that you reach this place before 9 in the morning. You can take a local bus from the city to Shimoga and arrive at the elephant camp by a taxi or a local bus.

Shankara Mutt, Koodli

There is very old Indian style school of learning for Shankara philosophy, called the Koodli mutt. This has a long history: Once upon a time in the 15th or 16th century, the chief swamy of Shringeri had been on a teerthayaatre, probably to Kashi. He did not return for a long time, which caused the deputy chief to take up the chief's position. But the chief was alive and did return to Sringeri after a few days. But he of course could not go in to the mutt where his own pupil was the chief, so he left Sringeri and started his own mutt at the sangama of Tunga and Bhadra, Koodli and this came to be known as Koodli Sringeri Mutt.

Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is in Sagar Taluk. It has evergreen and semi-evergreen forests with its eastern portion adjoining the Linganamakki reservoir. The animals found here are gaurs, lion-tailed macaque, tiger, leopard (black panther), wild dog, jackal, sloth bear, spotted deer, sambar deer, barking deer, mouse deer, wild pig, common langur, bonnet macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel etc.. Reptiles include king cobra, python, rat snake, crocodile, monitor lizard etc.

Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary

Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary lies adjacent to Shimoga town and has forests ranging from dry deciduous to semi-evergreen and is spread over an area of 395.6 km2 (152.7 sq mi). Mammals in the sanctuary include tiger; leopard, wild dog, jackal, gaur, elephant, sloth bear, sambar deer, spotted deer, wild pig, common langur, bonnet macaque, common mongoose, striped-necked mongoose, porcupine, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel, pangolin etc. Python, cobra, king cobra, rat snake, marsh crocodile are among the reptiles found in the sanctuary.

Shivappa Nayaka Palace

Shivappa Nayaka Palace is located in the heart of Shimoga city on the banks of river Tunga. This palace was built in 16th century by Keladi ruler, Shivappa Nayaka. The palace is entirely built of rose wood. This palace is now museum maintained by Archeology department of Karnataka. This museum has collections of stone carvings and antiques of Keladi period.

Shivappanaika Palace Museum

The history of the palace dates back to the 16th century. The palace was completely constructed out of rose wood by Keladi King Shivappa Nayaka. Archaeology department of Karnataka is now administering this palace. There is also a museum in this building which reflects the rich history and heritage of Keladi Kingdom. You can see an interesting collection of antiques, stone carvings, inscriptions and sculptures in the Shivappanaika museum. The Palace is located on the banks of the Tunga River.


Talagunda is a village in the Shikaripura taluk of Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka, India. Many inscriptions found here have provided insights into the rise of the Kadamba Dynasty. A temple dedicated to Pranaveshwara (Hindu God Shiva) is located in Talagunda. Next to it is located a stone slab containing inscriptions. In front of it is a pillar containing inscriptions in Sanskrit. The pillar inscriptions were written in the mid 5th century CE.

Tunga Anecut

10 Kms from Shimoga city on the way to Thirthahalli, you can find a place called Gajanur. The Tunga dam is situated here. A 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.

Tunga River

The Tunga River is a river in Karnataka state, southern India. The river is born in the Western Ghats on a hill known as Varaha Parvata at a place called Gangamoola. From here, the river flows through two districts in Karnataka - Chikmagalur District and Shimoga District. It is 147 km long and merges with the Bhadra River at Koodli, a small town near Shimoga City, Karnataka.

Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari

Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari is located at a distance of 10 km from Shimoga in the state of Karnataka, India. The safari has an area of 250 hectares and was started in 1988. Lions, Tigers and leopards are kept in separate enclosures and they are viewed by a guided "safari" vehicle. The Tigers when stray in to nearby villages are captured and kept in this safari. More than 11 different species birds were kept in cages for display, which include the white pheasant, silver pheasant, red junglefowl, love birds etc.

Vanake-Abbey Falls

Most common name given to waterfalls around karnataka. Shivamogga is also proud to have one falls called abbey falls. The falls are situated 4 Kms away from Agumbe, The sunset point in Thirthahalli Taluka. The falls are surrounded by lush green trees and natural beauty.

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