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Shimoga experiences a tropical climatic throughout the year. Summers, extending from the month of February to May, records temperatures as high as 40°C. The region receives ample amount of rainfall during June to October, which comprises the season of monsoon. The winter season begins by the end of October and lasts till January. The temperature remains cool during this season. Average annual temperature of the area is around 26°C. The best time to visit the city of Shimoga is between October to March.

How To Reach

By Road:

All the towns in the district along with nearby cities of Karnataka state are connected with Shimoga through a widespread network of roads. Many National Highways also pass through the city of Shimoga. Many buses ply between the capital city of Bangalore and Shimoga during the day and night. Different bus classes are available to suit different budgets. Buses under the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation as well as private buses connect Shimoga with Hubli, Mangalore, Dharmashala and Sringeri.

By Air:

The airport closest to Shimoga is the Mangalore International Airport, situated at a distance of almost 185 km from the city. The airport establishes a connection between Shimoga and several major cities in India. Flights are available for international destinations as well. The Shimoga Airport is currently under construction and is expected to begin operation soon.

By Rail:

The Shimoga Railway Station is situated just 3 km from the centre of the city. Railways connect the city of Shimoga to both Mysore and Bangalore. Several trains are available on a daily basis from Bangalore, which run from morning till late at night. 


Shimoga, popularly known as Sivamogga, is a city within the Shimoga district in central Karnataka. The city is situated on the banks of the River Tunga and is the headquarters for administration of the entire district. The city derives its name from the term “Shiva-Mukha”, which stands for “face of Shiva”. Shimoga is the considered to be the Rice Bowl of India.


The place is of considerable importance in the history of India being the southern tip of the empire of the great Mauryan Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century BC. The region has been under the control of many illustrious dynasties in the later centuries. The city is also a part of the grand kingdom of Mysore until the independence of the country in the year 1947.


Shimoga takes pride in its rich heritage and culture in different forms. Fairs and festivals are celebrated with much pomp and splendor here. Dussehra being the most awaited festivals in the city, many cultural programs will be held here during this time.


Shimoga is famed for its natural beauty which comprises of scenic backdrops and serene environments. Waterfalls, mountains, hill stations, trekking routes all make up the landscape of Shimoga. The majority of the hills belongs to the Western Ghats and is covered by lush greenery due to plenty of rainfall. Home to a large variety of flora and fauna, Shimoga is ideal for both nature lovers and adventure buffs. Religion also plays a major role in Shimoga as evident from the large number of temples scattered throughout the city.


Shopping in Shimoga is limited to handicrafts and sculptures. Textiles and fabrics are also in demand among tourists. Many stores sell items created by craftsmen who specialize in delicate designs on wooden blocks, especially sandalwood. Government emporiums also showcase a wide variety of local talents.


Rice comprises the main food for the people of the city of Shimoga. The cuisine has similarities with Udipi cuisine. Some of the most popular dishes include snacks like sandige, mango pickle and beaten rice. Sweets are very common such as genesale, thambli and thotadevvu. Eateries are present all over town serving a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes at nominal prices.