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.
Bird Watching at Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary
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Bird Watching at Gudavi Bird Sanctuary
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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.
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.
Shimoga as a town is a small place which also serves as the district headquarters. Commuting with the city is quite easy with taxis, although you might want a guide to explore the place. Auto rickshaw is other option which charged minimum of Rs. 20 for commuting from one city to another. However, bargaining might come as a useful tact.
Shimoga is a small place offering variety of tourist attractions. To begin with your journey make an early morning start with a trip to Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp. Have breakfast at the hotel and head on to Tavarekoppa Tiger and Lion Safari. Gajanur Dam, Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary and Shivappanaika Palace Museum are other popular spots for excursion offered by the town. If possible do visit Jog Falls for an absolutely fantabulous experience.
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.