Top places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

Here are the top 22 places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

1. Jog Falls

88 kms
from city center

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Places To Visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

One of the most sought after attraction and natural wonder in the region, Jog Falls is located nearly 100 km from Shimoga town. Lying in Sagara, it is the 11th highest waterfall in India created by Sharavathi River.

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2. Kodachadri

75 kms
from city center

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Situated about 115 km away from Shimoga town, Kodachadri is a peak in Western Ghats packed full of flora and fauna.

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3. Agumbe

65 kms
from city center

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A one of a kind experience in perhaps one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, the Sita Nadi river rafting is an unparalleled experience.

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4. Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

25 kms
from city center

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Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is a small picturesque island located in the River Tunga nearly 32 km from Shimoga town on the way to Thirthahalli.

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5. Tyavarekoppa

9 kms
from city center

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A popular picnic spot rich in fauna, Tyavarekoppa is located about 10 km from Shimoga town. Covering a huge area of 200 hectares, the place is renowned for its Lion and Tiger Safari which commenced in the year 1998.

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6. Gajanur Dam

14 kms
from city center

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Located 12 km from Shimoga en-route Thirthahalli, one can witness a perfect picnic spot in a way of Tunga Dam built over River Tunga. An Elephant Camp where elephants are trained can also be enjoyed there by visitors.

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7. Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

82 kms
from city center

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A paradise for bird watchers, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is spread across an area of nearly 0.75 sq km. The sanctuary is located in the town of Sorab in the proximity of Shimoga on the banks of Gudvi Lake.

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8. Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp

15 kms
from city center

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Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp is a place where one can see herds of Elephants being trained. Situated at a distance of nearly 14 km from the town of Shimoga, it is a quite popular spot among tourists.

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9. Tavarekoppa Tiger and Lion Safari

9 kms
from city center

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Located 10 km from Shimoga, a thick cover of forest is situated there inhabiting tigers and lions moving freely in its deep parts. A lion and tiger safari began there in 1988, across a huge area of 200 hectares.

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10. Koodli

5 kms
from city center

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The Varanasi of South, Koodli, is amongst the holiest places of Southern India and the site of confluence of two holy rivers Tunga & Bhadra.

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11. Shivappa nayaka Palace Museum

10 kms
from city center

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Lying on the banks of River Tunga, the Shivappanaika Palace is a popular attraction located within the Shimoga town. A very much sought after destination among tourists, the palace was established by Shivappa Naik of Keladi during 16th century and was crafted brilliantly out of rosewood.

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12. Mattur-Hosahalli

6 kms
from city center

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An offbeat destination unlike any other, the twin villages of Mattur-Hosahalli are known across the world as the only place where the ancient Sanskrit language is still spoken on a day-to-day basis.

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13. Keladi

2 kms
from city center

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Keladi is a village in the Shimoga District known for its rich past and culture. Once served as the first capital of the Keladi Nayaka Kingdom, today this prime location is adorned with two popular spots i.e. Rameshwara Temple and Keladi Museum.

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14. Shopping in Shimoga

0 kms
from city center

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Shimoga is a popular destination offering some amazing products to take back as souvenir. Handicraft items, different type of spices and sandalwood are some of the popular items you would like to while visiting the town.

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15. Linganamakki Dam

82 kms
from city center

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Constructed by the Karnataka State Government in 1964, The Linganamakki Dam is a 2.4 km long structure stretching across the Sharavathi river. Situated about 6 kms from Jog Falls, the Dam is located in the Sagara taluk of the state. The Dam receives water mainly from rainfall and also from the Chakra and Savahaklu reservoirs, which are linked to the Linganamakki Dam through a canal. When the Dam's sluice gates are closed, the Jog Falls get reduced to a mere trickle. However, they become magnificant once the gates are opened. The Dam, being quite large in size, offers a breathtaking view.

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16. Sacred Heart Church

59 kms
from city center

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The second largest church in India, the sacred Heart Church is a fine example of an architectural marvel of Shimoga. It is a Catholic Church spread over an area of 18000 sq ft.

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17. Ganesh Chaturthi

66 kms
from city center

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Another awaited festival celebrated in Shimoga is Ganesh Chaturthi dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is celebrated in August-September annually with great zest.

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18. Kundadari

60 kms
from city center

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Kundadari is a place for trekkers, situated about 12 km from Thirthahalli. A paradise for trekking lovers, it offers a good trail with a Kundadri Hill which is huge single rock formation and many protrusions.

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19. Agumbe-Barkana

69 kms
from city center

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20. Agumbe-Jogigundi

70 kms
from city center

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21. Agumbe-Onake

71 kms
from city center

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22. Pongal

77 kms
from city center

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If you are travelling to the city in mid January, you will be quite lucky to participate in one of the most awaited festival not only in Shimoga but also in whole state. Pongal is celebrated to honor The Sun God or Surya devta. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and vigor. A special dish is prepared with rice, cardamom, jaggery and cashew nuts and is consumed on the festival day.

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