Shimoga- A Travel Destination In Karnataka

Shimoga is located in the central part of Karnataka. The city is recognized as the headquarters of the Shimoga District. It has been officially renamed as Shivamogga, meaning ‘Face of Shiva’ or ‘Shiva Mukha’. Shimoga has been ruled by many dynasties namely Chalukyas, Hoysals, Kadambas, and Gangas. It is nestled alongside the Tunga River. Shimoga is known as the ‘Gateway of Malnad’ by the locals.

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How to Reach Shimoga

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Best Time to Visit Shimoga

The weather in Shimoga remains cool round the year. You can plan a tour to Shimoga anytime, however, the best time to visit is between the months of October and March.

Places to Visit in Shimoga:

Dabbe Falls

Being hidden in the mountains, this gemstone is a must-visit tourist spot in the region. One has to trek through the valley to reach these falls.


Kodachadri is a peak nestled in the Western Ghats. It is situated nearly 115 km away from Shimoga town and is packed with flora and fauna.

Jog Falls

Jog Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Shimoga. A natural wonder, the Jog Falls is located about 100 km from Shimoga town. Interestingly, it is the 11th highest waterfall in the country formed by the Sharavathi River.

Gajnur Dam

It is situated 12 km away from Shimoga on the way to Thirthahalli. Visitors can enjoy picnicking nearby or visit the elephant camp located close by.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

This sanctuary is a small mesmerizing island situated nearly 32 km from Shimoga town, en route Thirthahalli.


It is also recognized as Dakshina Kedara. Some important temples located here are the Tripurantakeshvara temple, Kedareshvara temple, Prabhudeva temple, etc.

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