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Koodli, Shimoga (Shivamogga) Overview

The Varanasi of South, Koodli, is amongst the holiest places of Southern India and the site of confluence of two holy rivers Tunga & Bhadra. A place endowed with a lot of history and religious importance, Koodli has been an important place of worship, meditation and peace from ancient times. It is located at a distance of mere 16 km from the city of Shimoga in Shimoga district. A place filled with peace, faith and piety Koodli is a must see if you find yourself in Shimoga.

The small village is home to some really important and old temples whose origin goes back to the beginning of the last millennium. The place is known as the 'Varanasi of South' due to the presence of temples like Rameshvara, Narasimha, Brahmeshvara, and Rushyashrama. It is also home two great philosophical schools of Hindu philosophy in the form Shankaracharya Mutt and Koodli Arya Akshobhya Teertha Mutt. Standing at the meeting point of Tunga and Bhadra one cannot help but immerse himself in the peace and tranquillity that surrounds the place.

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Best Time To Visit Koodli

The best time to visit the village of Koodli is from October till May as the temperatures during the period are hovering around the pleasant range of 20 to 30 degree Celsius.

Stay Near Koodli

Koodli does not have many accommodation options. Shimoga city, a major tourist center, can provide you with accommodation options for all budget sizes.

Sightseeing Around Koodli

Confluence site of Tunga & Bhadra River, Rameshwaram, Brahmeshvara, Rushyashrama and Narsimha temples and the 600 - years old Shankaracharya mutt are the landmarks of the town's religious and tourism scene, that you must visit, while in Koodli.

Shopping At Koodli

Shop for imitations of gods and temples made out of pottery in Koodli.

Local Experiences at Koodli

Experience the religious fervor of Koodli alongside the architectural genius of the erstwhile rulers of these lands.

Nightlife at Koodli

Shimoga offers a great nightlife to its visitors with many great clubs and pubs in the city offering great entertainment.

Food at Koodli

Try out some local Shimoga cuisines such as Midigayi, Avalakki, Thambli and Patrode.

Restaurants Near Koodli

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Sample Itinerary ForKoodli

Take a day trip to Koodli from Shimoga. Start your day early with the Nandi Temple (site of confluence) and Rameshvara Temple. Towards an early afternoon, visit the Shankaracharya Mutt and Narsimha Temple, following these with lunch. Keep the Koodli Mutt-Brahmeshvara Temple, Rushyashrama Temple for the evening and as per the time if you have left on you.

Tips For Visiting Koodli

Avoid the poojaries at the confluence point if you don't want to burn a hole in your pocket doing various poojas.

How to reach Koodli

  • Air: Nearest Airports are at Bangalore and Mysore one take a cab or catch public buses which will take around seven-eight hours to reach Koodli.

  • Rail: Shimoga city has its own rail head which is connected to major rail heads in Karnataka. You can take public transportation or auto rickshaw till Koodli.

  • Road: Mini bus services are available from 6am till 8pm from Shimoga to Koodli. You can also hail a cab or take an auto rickshaw.

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