Shimoga, part of the Malnad region, is a place known for its scenic beauty, forests, waterfalls, cool climate.
Shimoga is origin of rivers Kali, Gangavathi, Sharavathi and tadadi. The other major rivers which flow through the district are Tunga, Bhadra and Varada.
Shimoga district is rich in flora and fauna, the dense forest and green shrub jungles are main producers of sandalwood, rosewood, teak and other exotic timber. Mango, Jackfruit, Tamarind etc. are the other important trees found around the district with rich yields. The place is home to good homestays which are good for family getaways.
Jog Falls is a waterfall on the Sharavati river located in the Western Ghats in Siddapur taluk Uttara Kannada District and View Point is in Sagara taluk, Shimoga district. It is the second highest plunge waterfall in India. It is a segmented waterfall which depends on rain and season becomes a plunge waterfall. The falls are major attractions for tourists and is ranked 13th in the world by the waterfall database.
Christ the King Church, Jog Falls was established in 1959. It is located in Jog Falls Sagara, Shimoga District Karnataka state India.
Honnemaradu is a tourist place situated on the back waters of River Sharavathi in India. Honnemardu derived its name from the Honne tree. However, the literal meaning of Honnemardu is Golden Lake. This is perhaps a reference to the fact that Honnemardu is located on the backwaters of the Sharavathi river. It is in Sagara taluk, Karnataka about 35 km from Sagara on the way to Jog Falls, 12 km from Talaguppa and 392 km from Bangalore.
If your heart lies in water sports and camping, this is one place you wouldn’t want to miss exploring. Honnemaradu packs in the perfect mix of adventure, activities, thrill, and relaxation for you.
The Linganamakki Dam (Kannada : ಲಿಂಗನಮಕ್ಕಿ ಜಲಾಶಯ) was constructed by the Karnataka State Government in 1964. Located in the Kargal village of Sagara taluk, the dam has a length of 2.74 kilometres (1.70 mi) stretching across the Sharavathi river.
Linganamakki dam is built across the Sharavathi river in Sagar taluk and is 6 km from Jog Falls. It is the main feeder reservoir for the Mahatma Gandhi hydro-electric project. It has two power generating units of 27.5 MW
Dabbe Falls is a waterfall located in place named Dabbe near Hosagadde in Sagar taluk, Shivamogga District in Karnataka state, India. The height of the falls is 110 meters. One can take a guide from Muppane nature camp which is 10 km away from Dabbe Falls. It located at Sagar to Bhatkal route (35 km from Sagar), and the nearest railway station is Talguppa.
Sigandur or Sigandooru is a village in the Indian state of Karnataka. The village is known for the Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site that attracts hundreds daily.
The village is surrounded on three sides by the backwaters of Linganamakki dam, formed by the Sharavathi River.
Sigandur is about 40 km from its taluk headquarters, Sagara town. Sigandur was cut off from Sagar once the reservoir on Sharavathi River was constructed. Two barges carry vehicles, tourists, pilgrims and locals.
Sharavati river and the region around it are rich in biodiversity and are home to many rare species of flora and fauna.
The Koosalli Waterfalls is a large waterfall located in a deep, rocky forest near Koosalli village in Karnataka, India. The waterfall is 15 km from Shiroor via Toodalli and 4 km from Koosalli village. Koosalli Waterfalls is a cascading waterfall with six different waterfalls dropping from a height of 470 feet.
Kodachadri (Kannada: ಕೂಡಚಾದ್ರಿ) is a mountain peak with dense forests (elevation - 1,343 metres above sea level) in the Western Ghats in South India (Shivamogga District, Karnataka), 78km from Shimoga. It is declared as natural heritage site by the Karnataka Government. and it is 13th highest peak of Karnataka.
Nagara is a historic village in the Shimoga district of the state of Karnataka, India. It is 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Hosanagara or 84 kilometres (52 mi) from Shimoga. This was called Bidanur (Bidanoor) or Bidnur (Bidanoor) earlier during the 16th century, this was the last capital city of Keladi rulers. In 1763, Hyder Ali, Sarvadhikari of Mysore captured this fort and called Hydernagar or Hydernagara after his name "Hyder". Farmers of the region in and around the village were instrumental in sparking the Nagar revolt against the Mysore kingdom in 1830. Nagara was resided by an independence activist by the name of Sripathy Rao Baliga (1914–2003) who continued to work for the welfare of the village in the post independence era. Shivappa Nayaka palace, fort, Devaganga tank, Neelakenteshwara temple and Gudde Venkataramana Swamy temple are worth visiting. The fort is built on a small hill, beside a lake. The fort has a system to circulate water around it for safety. On the hill, within the fort, there are Darbar Hall (King's Court), remains of a palace, two tanks called Akka Thangi Kola (Tanks of two sisters), and a cannon. Devaganga tank is a cluster of seven tanks for bathing. Nagara in Kannada language literally means city. The place is amidst green thick forests which are giving way to urbanisation and eventually to deforestation. Kollur Mookambika temple is 40 kilometres (25 mi) from here. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport.
Humcha / Hombuja is a small village near Ripponpet, Hosanagara taluk in Shimoga district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Humbaja Atishaya Jain Teerth Kshetra is famous for being home to an ancient temple of Goddess Padmavati, and to the Humbaj Matha (seminary/monastery), an important institution of the Jain community. This temple is considered to be very holy and is known for its cultural and historical heritage. Other notable highlights of the place are a lake that reputedly never dries up and a tree that likewise always remains green. Jain devotees of this holy place are everywhere throughout India and also in foreign countries. Thousands of devotees come to the Hombaja every year for fulfillment of their desires.
Humcha is a Jain pilgrimage place with a Panchakuta basadi which was built during 10th and 11th century CE
Ambuthirtha is a mountain located 15 km (9 mi) from the village of Thirthahalli, Shimoga District of the state of Karnataka, India. It is the headwaters of the Sharavathi river.
Kavualedurga Fort (Kannada ಕವಲೇದುರ್ಗದ ಕೋಟೆ) is a 9th-century fort 18 km (11 mi) from Thirthahalli, Shimoga.It was the fourth and last capital of Keladi kingdom.
Kunchikal Falls is located Nidagodu village near Masthikatte in Shimoga district of state Karnataka.Kunchikal falls cascades down rocky boulders and total height of fall is 455 meters (1493 feet) according to world waterfall database.Kunchikal falls is formed by Varahi river. After construction of Mani Dam near Masthikatte and underground power generation station near Hulikal, Shimoga district, the water flow to this falls is greatly reduced and visible only during rainy season (July-Sept). As the falls is within restricted area, Gate pass is required to visit and the pass is being issued at Hosangadi village (about 15 km away). The nearest Airport is at Mangalore, situated 138 km (86 mi) from Kunchikal Falls.
Agumbe is a settlement situated in the Thirthahalli taluka of Shimoga district, Karnataka, India. It is nestled in the thickly forested Malenadu region of the Western Ghats mountain range. Owing to its high rainfall, it has received the epithet of "The Cherrapunji of South India", after Cherrapunji, one of the rainest places in India.Agumbe is associated with rainforest conservation efforts, documentation of medicinal plants, tourism (trekking and photography), and the promotion of cottage industry. The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station was established as a sanctuary for the King Cobra, Agumbe's flagship species.
The Barkana Falls, formed by Seetha River, is a water falls located near Agumbe in Shimoga district of state of Karnataka, India and the water falls is among the ten highest waterfalls in India. This water fall region is filled with water only during rainy season.
Kundadri is a hill (826 mt) with dense forests in the Western Ghats located in Shimoga District Karnataka State, India.It is 70 km from Udupi city. This hill is known for 17th century Jain temple dedicated to thirthankara and the place is known to have given shelter to Acharya Kundakunda during earlier centuries. The main deity of this temple is Parshwanatha, 23rd tirthankar. Two small ponds formed by the rock on one side of this temple provided water to earlier sages. Government of Karnataka joined hands with a philanthropist from Mumbai to construct an all-weather road to the top of the hill.
Tunga Bridge in Thirthahalli, Karnataka, India, is the one of the oldest bridges constructed across the Tunga River. This bridge is over 75 years old and it was designed by, and built under supervision of, Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya. The bridge connects the area Kuruvalli with Thirthahalli. Tunga Bridge is also called Jayachamarajendra Bridge. The Tunga Bridge draws many visitors, especially on weekends to see the uniqueness of the bridge.
Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is a 1.14-acre (0.46 ha) sanctuary 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Shimoga town on the way to Thirthahalli. This is a small island surrounded by Tunga river.
The birds found here are median egret; cormorant; darter; snakebird. The sanctuary is host to some of the most magnificent birds. The dense forest surrounding and the Tunga River prove to be a great habitat for the avian visitors.
Most commonly found migratory birds in the sanctuary are the median egret, the little cormorant, and the darter. They come here during the start of monsoon and stay here till early October. There is a watchtower in the premises, which makes bird watching more convenient and frequent. The best time to visit Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is in August, which is the peak season for migration. During this time there are more than 5000 birds in the sanctuary. To enjoy the best of beauty and treasures inside the sanctuary, take a guide along with you or ask for guidance from the Forest department.
The Bhadra Dam, which has created the Bhadra Reservoir, is located on the Bhadra River a tributary of Tungabhadra River. Bhadra dam is located in the border of Bhadravathi and Tarikere, in the western part of Karnataka in India. The benefits derived from the reservoir storage are irrigation with gross irrigation potential of 162,818 hectares (402,330 acres), hydro power generation of 39.2 MW (three powerhouses, located on the right and left bank main canals), drinking water supply and industrial use. The dam commissioned in 1965 is a composite earth cum masonry structure of 59.13 metres (194.0 ft) height with length of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) at the crest level, which submerges a land area of 11,250.88 hectares (27,801.5 acres).
The Lakshminarasimha temple is located in the Bhadravathi city. It has been built in the Hoysala style called 'trikutachala'.
Bhadravati or Bhadravathi is an industrial city and taluk in the Shivamogga District of Karnataka state, India. It is situated at a distance of about 255 kilometres (158 mi) from the state capital Bengaluru and at about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the district headquarters, Shivamogga. The town is spread over an area of 67.0536 square kilometres (25.8895 sq mi) and has a population of 151,102 as per the census held in 2011.
Mattur is a tiny hamlet on the banks of the perennial river Tunga. The villagers of Mattur, who lead a Vedic lifestyle, chant the ancient texts and converse in Sanskrit, have made sure the ancient language flourishes in their village. Mattur has a temple of Rama, a Shivalaya, Someshwara temple and Lakshmikeshava temple.
Mattur's twin village, Hosahalli, shares almost all the qualities of Mattur. Hosahalli is situated across the bank of the Tunga River. These two villages are almost always referred to together.Mattur and Hosahalli are known for their efforts to support Gamaka art, which is a unique form of singing and storytelling in Karnataka. These are two of the very rare villages in India where Sanskrit is spoken as a regional language. Sanskrit is the main language of a majority of the 5,000 residents of this village situated around 8 km from Shimoga.
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.
The Shiva Temple, also known as Kedareshwara 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 Mandap, which means a room without a roof.
Shimoga, is a city and the district headquarters of Shivamogga district in the central part of the state of Karnataka, India. The city lies on the banks of the Tunga River. Being the gateway for the hilly region of the Western Ghats, the city is popularly nicknamed as "Gateway to Malnad". The population of Shivamogga city is 322,650 as per 2011 census.The city is 569 m above sea level and is surrounded by lush green paddy fields, arecanut and coconut groves. It is located 267 kms from Bengaluru.
Savour the local delicacies like Tender-Mango Pickle, Sandige, Avalakki, Akki Rotti, Genesale, Thotadevvu, Thambli, Idly, Dosa, Uttappam, Appam, Wada, Sambhar, Rassam, Etc
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Shimoga (Latin: Shimogaen(sis)) is a diocese located in the city of Shimoga. Recorded as the second-largest church in India. This Catholic church is sprawled in an area of 18,000 sp ft. and it is a fine instance for the commendable architecture that is a blend of Gothic and Roman styles. The prayer hall is huge which can accommodate around 5,000 people. The showstopper is the idol of Jesus Christ which entices several tourists every day to this church.
The Varanasi of South, Koodli, is amongst the holiest places of Southern India and the site of confluence of two holy rivers Tunga & Bhadra.
Varadahalli is a small hamlet that is off the main road near the town of Sagar. This is the place where Guru Sri Sridhara Swamy meditated for salvation.
There is a temple here and like most other temples in the region, free lunch is provided at a communal dining hall every day to all visitors between 1230 - 1400 hrs. The fare is a simple vegetarian meal consisting of rice with rasam, sambar, and buttermilk. Although the lunch is free, donations are recommended (Rs. 50 per person is adequate).
Note that local traditions require all people to remove their footwear before entering the dining hall, and for all males to remove the shirts at the time of lunch. Also, the seating is on the floor and there are no tables or chairs.
Another temple town, located close to Shimoga (6 Kms) is Ikkeri. The word Ikkeri in Kannada means "Two Streets".
Famous for Aghoreshwara Temple, this place boasts of luxuriant surrounding and serenity. Located on a hill top, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and allures tourists for its divine ambience and splendid views of the surrounding valleys.
The Marikamba Temple is located in Sagar City, in the Indian state of Karnataka. It features the image of the goddess Marikamba, a form of Durga or Parvati. The temple was built in the center of the city during the reign of Venkatappa Nayak who ruled over Keladi and Ikkeri kingdom during the 16th century. Marikamba was the family deity of the Nayaka dynasty.
Every three years, in the month of February, a 10-day fair is held at the venue of the temple. Known as the Marikamba Jathra (‘Jathra’ means "fair"), it is one of the major festivals of Karnataka. It has socio–religious importance and is attended by a large number of devotees from all regions of Karnataka. On this occasion, a 16 feet (4.9 m) high chariot, colourfully decorated and carrying the image of the idol, is taken out on a procession
Keladi is a temple town in Sagara Taluk of the state of Karnataka in India. Keladi is located about 8 km from the town of Sagara. Rameshwara Temple is a Beautiful ancient temple complex! A must visit place for all the tourist visiting Sagar! One of the historical temple that was constructed during the time of king shivappa Nayaka and keladi Rani chennama.
Balligavi a town in Shikaripura taluk Shivamogga district of Karnataka state, India, is today known as Belagami or Balagame. Its ancient names are 'Baligrama', Dakshina Kedara,Valliggame and Valligrame. Dakshina Kedara means Kedarnath of the South. A place of antiquity, it is known for its ancient monuments. Balligavi is located 72 km from Shivamogga city and 21 km from Shikaripura town and 2.3 km from Shiralakoppa in Shikaripura taluk. Balli in Kannada means creeper or vine. Archaeologically, Balligavi dates from the Satavahana-Kadamba era and the Chaturmukha linga (four faced linga) here is in that style. The area came under the Banavasi province of the Kadamba Dynasty in 4-5th century AD. Important Kadamba inscriptions like the Talagunda inscriptions, near Balligavi have been collected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
The Kedareshvara temple is located in Kubetoor. It has been built in the Chalukyan style
Talagunda is a village in the Shikaripura taluk. The Talagunda inscription on a stone pillar is in Prakrit language. The author of the inscription was Kubja, court poet of Shantivarman
For the account of the Kadamba Dynasty, see Talagunda pillar inscription. Talagunda is a village in the Shikaripura taluk of Shivamogga district in the state of Karnataka, India. Many inscriptions found here have provided insights into the rise of the Kadamba Dynasty.
The Tālagunda pillar inscription is an epigraphic record in Sanskrit giving an account of the Kadamba dynasty. It was set up in the time of the Kadamba king Śāntivarma (c. 455-60). The inscriptions on this rock pillar at Talagunda are written vertically.
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary (Kannada: ಗುಡವಿ ಪಕ್ಷಿಧಾಮ) is located in the Soraba taluk of Sagara Subdivision in the Indian state of Karnataka, on the Banavasi Road, 16.01 km from Sorab town. It is spread over an area of 0.74 square km(180 acres). This bird sanctuary is unique for many reasons but is the only sanctuary located in the midst of dense forest. Guduvi is one of the 5 famous bird sanctuaries of Karnataka.
As per a 2009 survey, 217 different species of birds belonging to 48 families are found at this place.A natural lake and the trees gives shelter to these birds. It is a small seasonal lake and is filled with water mostly in the rainy season.
Some important birds found are White Pebis, Stone Bill, Egret, Cormorant, Snake bird, Heron etc.Various avian species migrate from across the globe in different seasons for breeding. A platform is built for bird watchers to have a closer look at the birds. An average of about 8000 white ibis visit the sanctuary every year.