What is the best time to visit Shimoga (Shivamogga)?

The winter months from October to February is the best time to visit Shimoga, as the beauty of the place is enhanced with the pleasant weather. With seasons rotating, the town of Shimoga sways between dry and wet. Monsoon season hits the town somewhere between June and October and transforms the place into a paradise all refreshed and blooming. The rivers and waterfalls are spurting in full force and present a beautiful sight.

Weather in Shimoga (Shivamogga)


Upcoming Shimoga (Shivamogga) Weather

Monthly Weather in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 20 33
February 21 34
March 23 34
April 25 35
May 25 34
June 24 29
July 23 28
August 23 29
September 23 29
October 22 31
November 21 33
December 20 32

Winter (October-March)

The winter season in Shimoga lasts from November to February. Many consider this season as the best to visit as the place is not only beautiful due to the rains from the monsoon season, but also cooler and more pleasant than any other time of the year. The average temperature during the winter season ranges from 17 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius.
When visiting Shimoga in the winter season, there are several festivals that you can celebrate the local way. The festival of Pongal is celebrated in honour of the sun god in Mid-January. During this festival, people offer a sweet dish (which has the same name as the festival) to the god in exchange for blessings.

Monsoon (July-September)

Monsoon season in Shimoga lasts from July to September. During these months, the temperature ranges from 20 degree Celsius to 34 degree Celsius. This subtle drop in temperature from the summer season is due to the heavy rains that adorn the town. These rains also bring a draft of cold wind with them, making the monsoon season much more bearable than the summer. This monsoon rainfall also leads to the filling up of all rivers and waterfalls while increasing the beauty of the lush green hills that surround the town. This makes the monsoon season a pretty great time to visit the town if the rains do not hamper your mood.
Jog Falls in Shimoga
Jog Falls in Shimoga

Summer (April-June)

The summer season in Shimoga is greeted with wisps of humid winds which makes the weather a tad bit uncomfortable. The temperatures in Shimoga during March to June range from around 20 degree Celsius to 36 degree Celsius. These temperatures are comparatively hotter than the ones Shimoga receives in the winter season hence sightseeing would be a tedious task. This along with the humidity might make Shimoga quite hot in the summer season, though it is not as bad as most other places in the country during this time of the year.
Aghoreshwara Temple at Ikkeri, Shimoga
Aghoreshwara Temple at Ikkeri, Shimoga

Events in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

Bird Watching at Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

Throughout the year

One of the best bird sanctuaries in India, Mandagadde is a must visit if you happen to be in Bangalore. In peak season over 5000 species of birds can be spotted here. If you want a closer look at the nesting birds, a boat can also be hired. Another interesting attraction are the elephant camps, where you can even give the elephants a bath!

Bird Watching at Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

Throughout the year

Located in Karnataka, a beautiful lake surrounded by birds nesting on trees is the postcard perfect Gudavi Bird Sanctuary. According to a 1991 survey, over 191 species of birds can be spotted here. The black headed crane, grey heron, waterfowl and white ibis, are all found here.

Ganesh Chaturthi

23rd September

Ganesha, the supreme God of knowledge, prosperity and good fortune, is celebrated with much fanfare on the auspicious ocassion of Ganesh Chaturthi in Shimoga. On the 11th day the statue is taken in a huge procession to be immersed in the sea, symbolizing a ritual send-off to the God, as he goes to his abode.


15th - 18th January

Pongal is essentially a winter harvest festival which corresponds to the festival of Makar Sankranti or Lohri that is celebrated around the same time in India's Northern States. It is one of the most important festivals for the people in South India. Situated on the banks of the Tunga River, Shimoga dates back to the third century. Pongal, is celebrated with great vigor and enthusiasm in Shimoga. Jaggery, cardamon and cashew nuts are prepared in many different ways, and are must trys.

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