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Shimoga is a city of Chikmagalur district of Karnataka state. It is the head quarters of the district known by the same name. The district spreads covers an area of 8,465 sq. km. and the population as per the 2001 Census is 14, 52,259. The city is 274 km from the state capital Bangalore. It is situated on the banks of the sacred river Tungabhadra. During the days of Keladi Nayakas, Shimoga was very popular.

Shimoga has very interesting landscape interspersed with historic monuments. There is a temple at Badravathi in Shimoga. The presiding deity of this temple is the Lord Lakshminarayana. It was constructed following the Hoysala architecture. There are also large numbers of industries in the Shimoga city. This city is well known for its ivory and sandalwood industries. These articles of the city attract lots of tourists. The visitors can enter the factories filled with the exotic sandalwood fragrance and those suffused with the coveted ivory.

Shimoga attracts lots of visitors with diverse interests, with its architectural temples and wonderful industries. It is also an enchanting picnic spot. The Jog Falls here stands out as the highest waterfalls of the Nation. The Mahatma Gandhi Hydro-Electric Power Station is also a worth visiting place here.


Agumbe  - BindaasTravel.com

Nestling on a ghat head is the picturesque town of Agumbe famous for its glorious sunsets. Other spots include the Gopala Krishna temple and the observatory.


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Famous for Old Temples.

Barkana Falls

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It is about 80 kms from Thirthahally Town in Balehalli forest area. It is a valley with natural water of Seetha river. Height of the falls is about 259 mts.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary - BindaasTravel.com

Bhadra wildlife sanctuary is in the Shimoga and Chikkamangalur district is one of the most fascinating sanctuaries. Barking dear, Flying fox,Mongoose, Elephant, Panther, Gaur and birds like King Fisher, Weaver bird can be seen in this Sanctuary.


The distance between Bangalore (Bengaluru) and Shimoga is 280Kms. Shivamogga has two National Highways passing through it-NH 13 (Sholapur - Mangalore and NH-206 (Bangalore - Honnavar).  Shivamogga has three State Highways passing through it.  SH-1 (Padubidri - Maharashtra border), SH-26 (Halageri - Hulikal), SH-48 (Kumta - Andhra Pradesh border). There are various classes of buses which one can take as per their wallet size. It takes nearly 7 hours by bus and it traverses through Tumkur, Tiptur, Arsikere, Kadur, Bhadravati before reaching Shimoga bus terminus.


Numerous trains run from Bangalore and Mysore to Shimogga on Broad Gauge and connect Bhadravathi Town. Another older line on Meter Gauge passes through Sagar, Talguppa which was laid in 1938 by the British.

There is a proposal to connect the older line to Konkan Railway for convenience in operations. Shimoga can be reached by train from Bangalore or Mysore.

The train starts off from Bangalore every night at 11:00PM and reaches Shimoga station by 5:00AM. If you can rush out of the station soon, you'll be lucky to hit the city service bus which will take you to the main bus terminus from where you can take buses to other places.


Airports at Bangalore (300 Kms), Mangalore and Hubli may be used to reach Shimoga.  The nearest airport, however, is Mangalore (180 Kms).

Inchara Home Stay

Inchara Home Stay - BindaasTravel.com

Inchara Home Stay is situated in the midst of the Western Ghats. Surrounded by lush greenery, the hotel offers a picturesque view of River Tunga. Free from the hustle and bustle of the city, the home stay assures a comfortable stay to its guests. Inchara Homes Stay is strategically designed to blend nature and wildlife with urban facilities. It also offers excellent recreational activities, including trekking and indoor games.

Address :
Mandagadde post
Thirthahalli Taluk
Shimoga-577 220 India

Kolavara Heritage

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Kolavara Heritage is an old antique house located in the middle of the Western Ghats. Its interior is well designed and flaunts traditional architecture, which perfectly blends with the traditional hospitality rendered to the guests. Despite the conventional look, the resort provides its guests with all the modern facilities. The hotel offers a wide range of recreational activities such as trekking, rafting, bird watching bonfire. In addition to this, it also offers a homely atmosphere to make the stay a cozy and comfortable one.

Address :
Thirthahalli Taluk
Shimoga District
Shimoga India

River Tern Lodge

River Tern Lodge - BindaasTravel.com

River Tern Lodge is centrally located in the Western Ghats of Shimoga. The hotel offers a scenic view of valley and hills from its rooms. Well appointed cottages ensure a comfortable stay of its guests. The hotel offers a picturesque view of Bhadra River, adjoining the northern boundaries of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary. In short and snappy terms, River tern Lodge is the ultimate spot to get familiar with nature in its peaceful atmosphere.

Address :
Behind Ranganathawamy Temple
Bhadra Project
Shimoga-577115 India