Adventure, sacred, Trek in the nature's lap with hills, lakes, rivers and valleys all your way, in a package makes a perfect holiday destination to be. With all the potential tourist hot-spots Shimoga makes an enviable tourist destination in Karnataka State of India. Shimoga in Shimoga District of Karnataka has a blend of small town charm and cosmopolitan city. Adorned with wide-spread meadows, hillocks covered with thick forest with some exclusive flora and fauna, going hand-in-hand with many remarkable religious places, Shimoga offer delight to every visitor from all walks of life.
Shimoga, formerly called as "Shivamogga" meaning the "Nose of Lord Shiva" (Moggu is Nose in Kannada), is centrally located in Karnataka, on the banks of Tunga River. The city lies in Malnad (land of the hills) region of Shimoga District, Karnataka with a population of about 2 lakh denizens (as per census in 2001) who are basically engaged in agriculture. A common feature you find in almost every house in and around Shimoga are the slant roofs of the houses. This is obviously because the District of Shimoga receives more rainfall in rainy season.
The climate in this city with a small town charm is always pleasant. Shimoga enjoys tropical climate where summer and winter are dry and rainy season (between June and October) is blessed with heavy rains. For monsoon lovers its fun to be in Shimoga during rainy season as it offers them a virtual treat. Might rivers like Tunga, Bhadra, Sharavathi, Kumudwathi, Tungabhadra and Varada make their way through Shimoga.
The real essence of your tour to Shimoga lies in visiting the famous waterfalls called Jog Falls about 105 kms from Shimoga in Sagar, the sunset point at Agumbe about 90 kms from Shimoga, the holy place of Shardamba Devi temple and the highly acclaimed Sringeri Mutt in Sringeri that is about 105 kms from here, the confluence of Tunga and Bhadra River at Koodli about 15 kms from Shimoga and many such places.
Not to forget are some beautiful tourist attractions within the city limits like the 100 years old Tunga Bridge, the Shivappanaika palace, Kuvempu Rangamandir and Ambedkar Bhavan, the Tyarekoppa Lion Safari, Tunga Anecut across Tunga River about 10 Kms from Shimoga city on the way to Thirthahalli and Sakrebyle where there is Elephant Camp about 2 km away from Gajanur Dam on the way to Thirthahalli.
Shimoga is not a place to be visited in a hurry. You have to take at least a week off so as to visit this place leisurely.