With nature in its full bloom, the town of Shimoga has been a home to several great dynasties and kingdoms. Steeped in rich heritage and culture, this main city of Shimoga District derives its name from the words 'Shiv-Mukha' implying 'Face of Lord Shiva'.
Packed with several marvels of nature in form of picturesque landscape, gorgeous waterfalls, mystical temples and lush green surroundings, its raw beauty will leave you absolutely enchanted. Blessed with swaying palms and verdant paddy fields, the place has earned itself a nickname of rice bowl as well as the bread basket of Karnataka. With four rivers namely Sharavathi, Kumudavath, Tungabhadra and Varada making their way into the city, gurgling and bubbling adds mystical charm to the region. Pleasant weather, beautiful rolling hills, profusion of areca nuts and endless list of attractions has made this place a must for enthusiastic vacation makers.
Shimoga is a place which is dotted with tourist attractions in huge numbers. To accommodate tourists, the place houses several luxury hotels to mid range and budget hotels and guest houses. While the luxury accommodations offers as many facilities and amenities as possible to make your stay comfortable, the other budget places are also quite good and offer impeccable service.
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You can enjoy trekking and river rafting in Shimoga. Is a unique destination with a stark contrast between the old world charm and the global village.
Not a well developed tourist destination. Food and water can prove to be a problem for some.
Shimoga is an ideal destination for adventure lovers. You can enjoy trekking and river rafting. It is also a perfect destination for wildlife lovers, thanks to its tiger and lion forest reserve, and Jog Falls. You can go there with your colleagues, family, and friends for a perfect weekend getaway.
Shimoga is a small place that can be explored in 1-2 days. It is better if you stay for two days. On the first day, you can start by visiting the Sakrebyle Elephant camp early in the morning. Then you can visit the Mangadde bird sanctuary during the afternoon, and end the day by an evening safari at the Tyavarekoppa Lion & Tiger sanctuary. You can try authentic south Indian food at night.
The next day, you should start early morning and visit the Jog falls which are a must visit. If you are interested in trekking, you can opt for the Kodachadri trek; or you can try your hand at river rafting, kayaking, and canoeing in the Sharavathi Nature trails. On your way back, you can visit the Shivappanaika Palace Museum and the Gajanur dam.
If you are a hippy at heart, there are a lot of places that you can enjoy in Shimoga. The main tourist attraction is the mighty Jog falls. They are the highest falls in India, and it is a sight worth seeing. There are also a lot of options for trekking like the Kodachadri trek which is an exuberant trek to the Kodachadri peak, which is endowed with dense forests, jungle trails and picturesque landscape; and also the trek in the Kudajadri hills. They all have something different and mesmerizing to offer. You can also do river rafting, kayaking, and canoeing in the Sharavathi Nature trails which is an off-beat idyllic ecological paradise with numerous waterfalls.
Shimoga is a getaway with tourist pouring in large number. Being located in South India one may expect the South Indian cuisine to be predominant in the area. Paayasa, Thambli, Avalakki are some of the popular dishes in Shimoga.
- Although monsoon is the best season to visit the town, do carry rain gear along.
- Make sure you take proper training before indulging in any sports activity.
- Carry proper beachwear as well as trekking shoes while heading to Shimoga.