Situated on the banks of the River Tunga, Shimoga or Shivamogga is a picturesque city in Karnataka. It is situated at a distance of 274 km from Bangalore. The city offers visitors a number of options to indulge in adventure and fun activities. No wonder, the place is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Karnataka.
Mentioned below are 10 things that you can enjoy during a trip to Shimoga:
1. Enjoy the Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari
The Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari is a famous wildlife destination of Shimoga. It is located at a distance of about 10 km from Shimoga. Spread across 200 hectares of land, the place offers the opportunity to catch glimpses of wild animals roaming around in the forest.
The forest department organizes jeep safaris that allow visitors to watch tigers, lions, leopards, deer, sloth bear and many other animals. There is a zoo and a children’s park for the kids to have a nice time.
Timing: Open from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 2:15 PM to 5:00 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday and national holidays
2. Indulge in Bird Watching at Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary
One of the pleasurable things to do in Shimoga is bird watching. The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is a famous place for watching different exotic species of birds. It is located at a distance of 30 kilometres from Shimoga.
It is an island sanctuary where migratory birds flock to from all over the world. Spread across 1.14 acres of land and surrounded by dense forests, the place is home to bird species like Median Egret, Darter, Little Cormonant, and many others.
Timing: Summer: 7.00 AM to 6.30 PM, Winter: 7.00 AM to 6.30 PM
3. Enjoy Boating at Tunga Anicut Dam
Situated at a distance of 12 kilometres from Shimoga is the Tunga Anicut Dam. The dam is surrounded by teak jungles and paddy fields. It is a popular spot for picnics.
Visitors can enjoy boat rides in the water of the dam. The scenic beauty and the serene atmosphere surrounding the dam enhance the joy of enjoying a boat ride on the waters of the dam.
Timing: Open on all days of the week from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
No entry fee required.
4. Take a trip to Sacrebailu Elephant Camp
The Sacrebailu Elephant Camp houses a number of elephants. The training camp is located at a distance of 14 kilometres from Shimoga. The elephants are trained by experienced mahouts.
The main attraction of the camp is to watch the elephants taking bath and playing in the waters of river Tunga and then proceeding towards their feeding place. This place holds much attraction for the kids as well.
Timing: Open from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM on all days of the week
5. Experience the beauty of Jog Falls
The mesmerising Jog Falls is one of the major attractions of Shimoga. Jog Falls is the highest waterfall in Karnataka and the second highest one in India. It is created by the River Saravathi.
Situated at a distance of 100 kilometres from Shimoga, the waterfall plummets from a height of 829 feet. It is a pleasure to watch the four magnificent cascades namely Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the waterfall is just after the monsoon season, during the months of July and August.
6. Go on a Wildlife Safari in Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary
For adventure enthusiasts Shimoga offers the excitement of going on a wildlife safari. The Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of wild animals like sloth bear, spotted dear, elephant, tiger, jackal, wild dog, langur, etc.
Several species of birds like Kingfishers, Hornbills, Babbler, Partridges and Woodpeckers can be seen in this sanctuary. Reptiles like the king cobra, python, crocodile and others are also housed in this sanctuary.
- The sanctuary is open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday.
- The safari is open to visitors from 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM and from 2:00 and 5:00 PM.
7. Be a part of the thrill at Honnemardu
Honnemardu is a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts. This small village is located on the way to the Jog Falls. The place offers a wide variety of adventure and water sports activities for people of all ages.
Visitors can enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, coracle rides, wind surfing, kayaking and a host of other thrilling activities. It is also a great place to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Bird watchers can catch glimpses of various species of birds in Honnemardu.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Honnemardu is from February to May and from September to December.
8. Visit the rock monument Kavishaila
One of the interesting things to do in Shimoga is to pay a visit to Kavishaila in Kuppali. Kavishaila is a splendid monument made of megalithic rocks. It is dedicated to Kuvempu, a famous poet of Karnataka. The monument is situated on top of a small hill. The monument has rocks arranged in a circular fashion and resembles the Stonehenge of England.
There is a memorial dedicated to the poet at this location. One can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding areas from the location of Kavishaila.
Timing: The best time to visit Kavishaila is from dawn to dusk on all days of the week
9. Step back in history at the Shivappa Nayaka Palace Museum
The Shivappa Nayaka Palace Museum stands witness to a bygone era of history. The palace is located on the banks of the River Tunga. It was built in the 16th century by Shivappa Naik of Keladi. The palace was constructed with teak and rosewood and exemplifies the architectural style prevalent in those days.
The palace has been converted into a museum that displays several interesting artefacts. Many rare stone carvings, statues, idols and other antiques items of the Keladi period can be seen inside the museum. The place is a must visit for anybody interested in history.
Timing: Open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days of the week except on national holidays
10. Relive the splendour of ancient architecture at Lakshmi Narasimha Temple
The Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Bhadravathi is an ancient temple constructed by the Hoysala kings in the 13th century. The temple is located at a distance of 20 km from Shimoga. The temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple showcases the beauty of Hoysala architecture.
Timing: Open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on all days of the week