Shivamogga - Shimoga in Karnataka has several interesting tourist places to visit because of its surreal and scenic beauty. Standing on the banks of the Tunga River, Shimoga is bestowed with verdant hills, valleys, thick forests and wildlife, and a pleasant weather. Shimoga was declared as the World Heritage site in 2012 due to its bucolic beauty that is untouched by industrialization. The place got this name Shimoga or Shivamogga means Shiva-Mukha which means ‘Face of Shiva’.
1. Kodachadri - Kollur Mookambika temple is under the foot of Kodachadri hills.
2. Jog Falls - It is also known as Jogada Gundi or Gersoppa Falls. Cascading down a height of about 253 m, Jog Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India, it is created by Sharavati River. To see the best of it, you must visit this place during monsoon season. Other times, it rushes down as four distinct cascades known as Raja, Rani, Rocket, and Roarer.
3. Sakrebailu Elephant camp - A paradise for the Elephant lovers. You can see the elephant feeding, bathing, and take a ride. Copy this url and see the video of our visit. https://youtu.be/Dn-mAjUvAx4
4. Theerthahalli - Kundadri Hills, located 3,200 feet above ocean level, is a cool destination that is a perfect spot to visit amidst any weather condition. Besides it is a holy place for Jains with its 17th century Jain temple, Kundadri Hills is also suitable for trekking and hiking.
5. Agumbe - the 'Chirapunji of the South' is a small and picturesque village in Shimoga, surrounded by lush green rainforests and verdant slopes and beautiful sunset view point.
6. Keladi - Keladi is a historic and must place to visit. This temple town is located in the SagarTaluk. Keladi is famous for the Rameshwara Temple, which is built up in the Hoysala and Dravida style during Vijayanagar reigns. The pillars are stunningly carvedwith epic gods and goddesses as well as animals.
7. Dabbe Falls - Located in the Hosagadde Village of the Shivamogga District, Dabbe falls is one of the most stunning sights of the waterfall gushing from the mountains.
8. Gudavi Bird sanctuary - One of the 5 popular bird sanctuaries of Karnataka, is spread over a territory of 0.73 sq km and offers various impeccable varieties of birds. Some prominent feathered creatures that are found at Gudavi include White Pebis, Stone Bill, Egret, Cormorant, Snake fowl, and Heron. For a bird watcher, it is a must visit place.
9. Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary - Home for diverse species like Median Egrets, Little Cormorant, Snakebird, and Darter.
10. Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary - A must visit place for a wildlife adventure seeker. This sanctuary is home for a wide range of wild animals like the tiger, sloth bear, elephant, leopard, jackal, spotted deer, langur, etc. and a host of reptiles and birds.
11. Ikkeri - a small historical place located at about 3 km from the Shimoga Town in the SagarTaluk. Aghoreshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which was constructed by the Keladi nayakas is the major attraction here. The image of the Nandi at the entrance of the temple is very attractive.
12. Honnemaradu - a wonderful place for water sports and camping. Here, you can enjoy your holidays by trekking, camping, wind surfing, coracle water rides, kayaking, canoeing, and other exciting activities and water sports. Honnamaradu is a quaint village located along the backwaters of the Sharavathi River.
13. Nagara Fort - is a 16th century built by the then ruler of Keladi, Shivappa Naik. A unique feature of the fort is that it was surrounded by a highly efficient system of water circulation meant to enhance its safety. The ruins of the king’s court, palace, temple area, cannon, and water tanks can also be seen within the fort.
14. Gajanur Dam - The dam is constructed across River Tunga. Situated against the background of lush green paddy fields and areca nut plantations, it is a beautiful place for a picnic. Boat rides and coracle rides are also available here.