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 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.
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.
Koodli does not have many accommodation options. Shimoga city, a major tourist center, can provide you with accommodation options for all budget sizes.
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.
Shop for imitations of gods and temples made out of pottery in Koodli.
Experience the religious fervor of Koodli alongside the architectural genius of the erstwhile rulers of these lands.
Shimoga offers a great nightlife to its visitors with many great clubs and pubs in the city offering great entertainment.
Try out some local Shimoga cuisines such as Midigayi, Avalakki, Thambli and Patrode.
Meenakshi Bhavan, Hotel Samrat Ashok, Hotel Shubham and Royal Orchid in Shimoga
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.
Avoid the poojaries at the confluence point if you don_Ñét want to burn a hole in your pocket doing various poojas.
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