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Shimoga

Agumbe Village:

Popularly known as the ‘Cherapunji of Karnataka’ due to the highest rainfall here, Agumbe is a beautiful village located just 2 hrs from the city of Shimoga. The site receives the highest amount of rainfall in the state and is famous for its several sunset spots, forest resources, lakes, mountains and trekking routes which make it a must-visit for any tourist.

 

Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari:

Situated at a distance of 11 km from the city bus terminus, en route to Sagar town, is the Lion and Tiger Safari Zone. The place is not an actual safari since the animals roam about in fenced enclosures. Plenty of lions and tigers can be spotted in this place along with deer. Other highlights of this spot include bears, cheetahs and peacocks. A mini-zoo housing pythons, hyenas, alligators and porcupines, is really popular among visitors. Well-protected buses take tourists around the facility.

 

Jog Falls:

Located on the outskirts of Shimoga city, the water of the Jog Falls is made up of four different streams – Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket. The site is famed for its pristine environment, being situated in the heart of nature and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the district. The highest waterfall in India, it takes more than 2 hrs to climb up and some more time to ascend. A total of 1400 steps have been built right from the top of the falls till the bottom. The Linganamakki Dam is located nearby the Job Falls. On the way to Jog Falls, don’t forget to stop at Honnemaradu located close to Sharavathi river. This is a great spot for adventure water sports.

 

Sacred Heart Church:

The Sacred Heart Church, situated right in the centre of the city, has been renovated and is considered to be the second biggest church in India with a total space of 18000 sq. ft. The church boasts of a prayer hall capable of holding almost 5000 people at a time.

 

Guduvi Bird Sanctuary:

Being the only bird sanctuary located in the middle of a dense forest, the Guduvi Bird Sanctuary is unique. One of the five renowned bird sanctuaries in the state of Karnataka, Guduvi is located just 16 km away from the Soraba taluka in the Shimoga district. Spread over a huge area of 73.68 hectares, the sanctuary houses almost 191 species of birds. Huge trees provide shelter to the birds. A natural lake is present within the premises. Important bird types like cormorants, snake birds, egrets, stone bills, herons are found here. Several species of birds migrate to this place from other regions in the world at different seasons. A platform has been constructed which provides tourists with a closer look at the birds.’

 

Sakrebayalu Elephant Training Camp:

Located 14 km away from Shimoga city, on the way to Thirthahalli, lies the elephant training camp where tourists can hear the trumpeting of elephants. Elephants are tamed by professionals in this spot for the purpose of log-lifting and other kinds of work. Wild elephants from nearby forests take a bath here before re-entering the forest.

 

Gajnur Dam:

This dam lies at a distance of 10 km away from the centre of the city of Shimoga in a village called Gajnur. The dam spans the River Tunga and offers a beautiful scenic spot for tourists with boating facilities.

 

Shivappa Nayak Palace:

The palace is located on the banks of the Tunga River in the busy lanes of Shimoga city. Built in the 16th century by Shivappa Naik of Keladi, the Shivappa Naik Palace is a marvelous piece of architecture, constructed with rosewood. There is a museum present in the premises of the palace, housing a large number of interesting and rare archaeological collections, including antiques and stone engravings dating back to the Keladi period. The museum also showcases recovered idols belonging to the Chalukya and Hoysala period from the early part of the 16th century ti the late 18th century.

 

Bhadravathi:

Bhadravathi is a town in the Karnataka state of South India, situated almost 20 km away from Shimoga city. The main attraction of this town is the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, erected by the Hoysalas in the 13th century. The temple is a heritage site and is maintained by the Karnataka State Archaeological Department. Bhadravathi is also called ‘steel town’ since there is a huge steel plant in the town.

 

Kudali Sangam:

The point of confluence of the rivers Tunga and Bhadra, the Kudali Sangam is located about 14 km away from the city of Shimoga. A branch of the Sringeri Math, the Chintamani Narasimha Temple, stone inscriptions and a rare temple dedicated to Brahma is located here. The location of these temples are very picturesque and is ideal for a peaceful holiday in spirituality

 

Keladi:

The first capital under the Keladi Nayakas, Keladi boasts of a sprawling courtyard that comprises of the Rameshvara Temple, the Parvati Temple and the Veerbhadreshvara Temple. This is one of the important tourist locations in Shimoga

 

Vanake-Abbey Falls:

This small and less crowded waterfall located about 80 kms from Shimoga city is an ideal place to spend some quite moments, a little  away from the crowd. It is a famous sunset spot and is well known for its scenic beauty.

 

Ambutheertha:

Another famous pilgrim centre near Shimoga, it is believed that Lord Rama had broken the bow to marry Seetha at this place.


Balligave:

Located 80 km from Shimoga town, Balligave is a small town with several temples of historical importance. The Keshareshwara temple, Panchalinga temple, Thripuramthakeshwara, Kaithaleshwara and the Veerashaiva mutt are to name a few.

 

Humcha:

Located about 54 kms from Shimoga city, this is a famous Jain pilgrim centre that houses shrines that dates back to the 10th and 11th centuries. 

 

Keladi:

This is another pilgrim centre of Shimoga district. The temples of Keladi are a blend of
Hoysala and Dravidian shools of architecture. The famous Keladi Museum houses several copper inscriptions, palm leaves and coins that dates back to several centuries.

 

Koodali:

Located about 16 km from Shimoga, Koodali houses several ancient temples and a 600 year old ashram of Sri Sankaracharya. Located on the banks of river Tunga and Bhadra , Koodali is very picturesque.

 

Kundadri:

This is a a great trekking spot for adventure lovers. The Kundadri hill is a huge monolithic rock formed with several outgrowths. The place is also famous for its Jain temple.