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.
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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!
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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.
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.