Shimoga

  • Hill Station in Karnataka!!

Shimoga

Shimoga is a city located in the district of Shimoga in the western ghats range. One of the best tourist destinations in Karnataka, Shimoga is host to wide range of tourist attractions. The city is witness to a wide range of tourist activities, is surrounded by the western ghats and lush green forests and landscapes throughout and is located on the banks of the Tunga river. Shimoga is a unique city in that it has something for every taste from temples to hills and also to rivers, waterfalls and a wide array of flora and fauna. The most popular destination in Shimoga is the jog falls, which is one of the highest waterfalls in India. The falls is surrounded by various camping and trekking zones which make for a great family outing. Other attractions include the elephant camp, lion and tiger safaris and also quite a few dams. The western ghats offer the perfect backdrop for picnics and also nature walks that can have great healing effects. It is also home to wide range of exotic birds that inhabit the city within the Gudavi bird sanctuary and is a must see place for anyone visiting this illustrious city.

Places to Visit in Shimoga

Sakrebailu elephant camp: The elephant camp is located at roughly 14 km from the city and is a safe haven for many orphaned elephants that are trained, fed, maintained and treated by professionals. An ideal place in which one can get acquainted with these gentle giants, the camp is a tourist’s delight and should not be missed on a trip to Shimoga. The camp has an entry fee of Rs.30 and the elephant ride costs Rs.75 for adults and Rs.38 for children.

Tyavarekoppa lion and tiger camp: The camp, which was established in 1988 is legendary amongst lovers of nature and jungle safaris. The camp is spread over 200 hectares and is home to many lions and tigers along with various other fauna that simply blend into the surroundings including bears, leopards, and sloth bears. The entry fees id Rs 10 and for Van trip Rs 50 is to be paid The camp functions from morning 10:00 AM to evening 5:00 PM with Tuesday being a holiday.

Gajanur dam: The Gajanur dam is built across the Tunga river and is 535 meters in length. It is located at a distance of 10 km from the city. It offers a marvelous sight of the river in its all glory and surrounding flora and fauna that inhabit the area. The Sakrebailu elephant camp is at a distance of 3 km from here and can be visited along with the dam.

Shivappanaika palace museum: Shimoga, while widely known for its natural beauty and landscapes is also host to a place that is of utmost historical significance- the Shivappanaika palace museum. The palace is constructed using rosewood and dates back to the 16th century. The museum within its premises has a wide collection of stone carvings,inscriptions and sculpture that speak volumes about the Keladi culture and heritage.

Mandagadde bird sanctuary: Located at a distance of 30km from Shimoga, the bird sanctuary is home to various exotic and indigenous species of birds. There is a watchtower within the sanctuary that can be used to view the birds from a great vantage point. Boating services are also provided by the forest department and offer great sights and sounds for the senses. The entry fee is Rs. 50/- per person.

Kundadri: The Kundadri hill is located at a distance of 91 km from Shimoga city. At an elevation of 2710 ft, the Kundadri hill is home to a 17th century Jain temple. The sights of the surrounding landscapes from the hill make it a popular tourist destination for people visiting Shimoga.

Jog falls: Located in the Sagara Taluk in the district of Shimoga, the falls is located at a distance of 100 km from the city of Shimoga. It has a drop of 1100 ft and is one of the country’s highest waterfalls. It is a segmented waterfall with four distinct segments – the Raja, Roarer, Rocket, and Rani. The falls is surrounded by green hillside landscapes and makes for a great spot for camping, picnics and trekking activities.

Shimoga

Shimoga. Image Credit: Shuba

Shimoga

Shimoga. Image Credit: Shuba

How to Reach Shimoga

  • ROAD
  • RAIL
  • AIR

Mangalore to Shimoga Route:Mangalore to Shimoga route is Mangalore-Karkala-Agumbe-Kukke-Shimoga. Mangalore to Shimoga distance is 200 km, covered in 4 h 10 min.

Mysore to Shimoga Route:Mysore to Shimoga route is Mysore-Channarayapattana-Arsikere-Shimoga. Mysore to Shimoga distance is 246 km, covered in 4 hours 45 min.

Bangalore to Shimoga Route:BBangalore to Shimoga route is Bangalore-Channarayapattana-Arsikere-Shimoga. Bangalore to Shimoga distance is 300 km, covered in 5 h 30 min.

Chickmagalur to Shimoga Route:Chickmagaluru to Shimoga route is Chickmagaluru-Tarikere-Machenahalli-Shimoga. Chickmagaluru to Shimoga distance is 98 km, covered in 2 h 10 min.

Shimoga has its own railway station, the Shimoga railway station and it is well connected to nearby major railway stations of Mangalore, Bangalore and Pune.

Mangalore international airport is the nearest international airport and is at a distance of 200 km from Shimoga.

Best Time to Visit Shimoga

Shimoga can be visited throughout the year but the winter season (October-March( is the best time to visit. June-September, during rainy season is the best time to visit Jog waterfalls (100 km from Shimoga).

Distance to Shimoga

From PlaceDistance (in Km)
Mangalore200 km
Bangalore300 km
Mysore246 km
Chickmagalur98 km

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