Here are the top 31 tourist attractions to see in Shimoga (Shivamogga):

1. Dabbe Falls

Must visit 3.6 /5

92 km
from city center
1 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

These pristine falls in Shimoga district are not polluted due to them being hidden in the mountains and not warranting much tourist activity. A major trek through a valley leads to these falls.

2. Kodachadri

Must visit 3.4 /5

75 km
from city center
2 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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

3. Jog Falls

Must visit 3.4 /5

88 km
from city center
3 out of 31
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.

4. Agumbe

Must visit 4.0 /5 View 5+ photos

65 km
from city center
4 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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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5. Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

Must visit 3.4 /5

25 km
from city center
5 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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

6. Gajanur Dam

Must visit 3.4 /5

14 km
from city center
6 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

7. Barkana Falls

Must visit 4.0 /5

69 km
from city center
7 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

The Barkana Falls are located between Agumbe and Shimoga and derive their name from ‘barka’, the mouse deer, a shy creature that inhabits this particular region. The trek route runs through the dense rainforests of the Western Ghats.

8. Gudavi Bird Sanctuary

Must visit 3.4 /5

82 km
from city center
8 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

9. Jogigundi Falls

Must visit 4.0 /5

70 km
from city center
9 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

Tucked away from the prying eyes of the world, the Jogigundi Falls are situated in the midst of the dense forests of Western Ghats. The unique feature of these falls is the point of origination. Unlike traditional waterfalls they do not fall from a height, instead they originate from a cave and run through a hill.

10. Onake Abbi Falls

Must visit 4.0 /5

71 km
from city center
10 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

Agumbe, which is also known as ‘the Cherrapunji of the South’, is located in Shimoga District in Karnataka. Home to a large number of waterfalls and rich biodiversity, Agumbe is considered to be a trekker's paradise.

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11. Tyavarekoppa

3.1 /5

9 km
from city center
11 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

12. Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp

3.1 /5

15 km
from city center
12 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

13. Koodli

3.5 /5 View 6+ photos

5 km
from city center
13 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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

14. Tavarekoppa Tiger and Lion Safari

3.1 /5

9 km
from city center
14 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

15. Shivappa nayaka Palace Museum

3.1 /5

10 km
from city center
15 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

16. Shopping in Shimoga

3.0 /5

0 km
from city center
16 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

17. Keladi

3.1 /5

2 km
from city center
17 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

18. Linganamakki Dam

3.6 /5 View 13+ photos

82 km
from city center
18 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

19. Kundadari

3.1 /5

60 km
from city center
19 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

20. Sacred Heart Church

3.0 /5

59 km
from city center
20 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

21. Hosahalli

3.0 /5

6 km
from city center
21 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

A unique village that merges ancient India with modern civilisation, the village of Hosahalli, along with its twin village Mattur, is known across the world as the only place where the ancient Sanskrit language is still spoken on a day-to-day basis.

22. Pongal in Shimoga

3.1 /5 View 6+ photos

77 km
from city center
22 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

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.

23. Bhadra River Project Dam

26 km
from city center
23 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

The Bhadra dam is constructed on the river Bhadra, which is a tributary of the River Tungabhadra. The dam is surrounded by lush greenery and is a majestic place to be at. The river is beautiful and is home to rare birds like the red spur fowl, emerald dove, black woodpecker and green imperial pigeon.

24. Mattur

3.0 /5

6 km
from city center
24 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

A tiny village in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, the quaint little Mattur, along with its twin village Hosahalli, is famous across the world for being one of the few existing locations where the ancient language of Sanskrit is used colloquially and in routine conversation.

25. Nagara Fort

59 km
from city center
25 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

The beautiful Nagara Fort of Shimoga is built on a small hill near a lake and is a must visit place. The fort has a well developed system to circulate water, and also comprises of a large Darbar Hall and two tanks known as Akka Thangi Kola, apart from a cannon.

26. Shiva Temple, Shimoga

3 km
from city center
26 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

The Shiva Temple in Shimoga is an ancient stone temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built in 11th century in the Shilahar kingdom, the beautiful temple is situated on the bank of river Krishna in the village of Khidrapur. It also houses a Swarg Madap, which means a room without a roof.

27. Gandhi Park

1 km
from city center
27 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

The Mahatma Gandhi Park is one of the oldest parks in Shimoga, and is used widely by the locals. It comprises of a swimming pool, a path for joggers, a play area for kids and a small train that runs in the park. Different flower shows are also conducted here.

28. Shivgange Falls

130 km
from city center
28 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

Shivgange Falls located near Sirsi in Shimoga in the state of Karnataka is a haven for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. The water cascading down several feets of cliffs amidst dense woods and plenteous vegetation is also a popular trekking spot.

29. Kunchikal Falls

65 km
from city center
29 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

Kunchikal Falls located on the Shimoga- Udupi highway in Karnataka is India's highest waterfalls situated on River Varahi. There is also a hydro-electric plant installed on the waterfalls to generate electricity. Situated amidst the dense lusty woods, the waterfalls are also a popular trekking spot.

30. Hidlumane Falls

74 km
from city center
30 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

Located in the dense Mookambika forests, Hidlumane Falls is a series of 6 - 7 mesmerising waterfalls in the district of Shimoga, Karnataka. All of these waterfalls are hidden from view of one another and the most gorgeous one is situated at the top and is the last of the series.

31. Achakanya Falls

0 km
from city center
31 out of 31
places to visit in Shimoga (Shivamogga)

Situated in the village of Aralasurali in Shimoga, Karnataka, Achakanya Falls is one of the town's best kept secrets. The waterfall is formed over River Sharavathi in the dense woods of the Western Ghats. The 6-7 feet high waterfalls is a visual delight to the eyes, a popular picnic spot for the locals and also an ideal trekking spot.

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