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Top 22 places to visit in Shimoga

Tripiwiki : 23 Jul 2021
Shimoga is located in central part of Karnataka.It has been renamed officially as Shivamogga.Shimoga is known as the gateway to the Western Ghats and called “Gateway of Malnad” by the locals.Shimoga is the land of natural waterfalls, green swelling hills and valleys, dense forests, well built forts and temples and rich in flora and fauna,vast paddy fields enrich the landscape in and around the city. Shivamogga lies on the banks of the River Tunga.

Shimoga is wellknown for jog falls which is the second highest waterfall towering height of about 253ft in india, Kodachadri a beautiful mountain with thick grassy knolls and tall elevations which is 10th highest peak of the state, Honnemaradu a beautiful town with lush green plants and trees behind the rambling basins of sharavathi river ,Kundadri is a place where you can see a structure right amidst natur - It is a beautiful hillor rather a rock structure perched at around 3200ft above sea level in Teerthahalli Taluk ,Sakrebailu - here you can see grand elephants having leisure day.

Shimoga is located 285km from Bengaluru ,202km from Dharwad ,243km from Mysore ,201km from Mangalore.

Following are the Top 22 places to visit in Shimoga

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Agumbe

Agumbe (1 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Agumbe is a scenic small village located near Thirthahalli in Shimoga district of Karnataka, India. This hill station is part of the amazing Western Ghats mountain range and it is know for the heavy rainfall, sunset point and trekking. It is also know as "The Cherrapunji of the South" after Cherrapunji, in Northeast India as the Agumbe ghat is covered with mist almost all the time. Agumbe is near the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park. Agumbe lies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agumbe ghat road gives a breathtaking experience and is know for it's number of hair pin curves. The reserve forests around Kundapur, Shankaranarayana, Hosanagara, Sringeri and Thirthahalli are collectively referred to as the Agumbe Rainforest. During rains, Agumbe and the surrounding region come alive with several waterfalls namely Kunchikal Falls, Barkana Falls, Onake Abbi Falls, Jogigundi Falls and Koodlu Theertha Falls are some of the popular ones. Agumbe is located at approx 32km from Thirthahalli, 93km from Shivamogga, 61km from Udupi, 98km from Mangalore, 112km from Chikmagalur, 208km from Coorg, 348km from Bengaluru, 324km from Goa.

Agumbe Rain Forest trek (2 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Agumbe is a scenic small village located near Thirthahalli in Shimoga district of Karnataka, India. This hill station is part of the amazing Western Ghats mountain range and it is know for the heavy rainfall, sunset point and trekking. It is also know as "The Cherrapunji of the South" after Cherrapunji, in Northeast India as the Agumbe ghat is covered with mist almost all the time. Agumbe is near the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park. Agumbe lies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agumbe ghat road gives a breathtaking experience and is know for it's number of hair pin curves. The reserve forests around Kundapur, Shankaranarayana, Hosanagara, Sringeri and Thirthahalli are collectively referred to as the Agumbe Rainforest. During rains, Agumbe and the surrounding region come alive with several waterfalls namely Kunchikal Falls, Barkana Falls, Onake Abbi Falls, Jogigundi Falls and Koodlu Theertha Falls are some of the popular ones. Agumbe is located at approx 32km from Thirthahalli, 93km from Shivamogga, 61km from Udupi, 98km from Mangalore, 112km from Chikmagalur, 208km from Coorg, 348km from Bengaluru, 324km from Goa.

Barkana Falls, Barkana View Point, Shimoga (3 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Barkana Falls is a beautiful waterfall is located near in Agumbe in Shimoga District od Karnataka. Water falls from the height of 850 ft. and is among the ten highest waterfalls in India. It is one among the ‘must visit place’ in the district for people who visit Agumbe. Barkana Falls is formed by Seetha River. The best time to visit this fall is late August or winter. Travelers can see wonderful perspectives of the Western Ghats and slope slants from the Barkana View Point situated near to the falls. The place is completely deserted, falls is hidden inside a thick evergreen Someshwara Forest and you won't find people to ask around. One has to park your bikes at somepoint and then walk from there to Barkana Falls viewpoint.

Barkana Falls is located at approximately 7 km from Agumbe.

Bhadra Dam (4 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

The Bhadra Dam, which has created the Bhadra Reservoir, is located on the Bhadra River a tributary of Tungabhadra River. Bhadra dam is located in the border of Bhadravathi and Tarikere, in the western part of Karnataka in India. The benefits derived from the reservoir storage are irrigation with gross irrigation potential of 162,818 hectares (402,330 acres), hydro power generation of 39.2 MW (three powerhouses, located on the right and left bank main canals), drinking water supply and industrial use. The dam commissioned in 1965 is a composite earth cum masonry structure of 59.13 metres (194.0 ft) height with length of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) at the crest level, which submerges a land area of 11,250.88 hectares (27,801.5 acres).

Chakra Dam (5 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

The Chakra dam is a wonderful destination surrounded by scenic beauty on all sides. The Chakra Dam is constructed across the river Chakra. The dam located in a small town called Chakra Nagar near the city of Shimoga. Chakra dam was built as a balancing reservoir and does not have sluice gate to the Linganamakki Dam. The Chakra River is a river flowing through Kundapur and Gungulli in western India. It originates in Kodachdri peak. It joins with the Souparnika River, Varahi River and Kubja River and merges into the Arabian Sea. The Chakra dam is a project managed by Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL).Tourists have to obtain special permission to visit the dam area.

Dabbe Falls (6 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Dabbe Falls is a waterfall located near Hosagadde in Sagar taluk, Karnataka state, India. Height of the falls is 110 metres. One can take guide from Muppane nature camp which is 10km away from Dabbe Falls

Gajanuru Dam, The Gateway of Malnad, Shimoga (7 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Gajanur Dam is a famous picnic spot. It is in a small village- Gajanur located at 12 kilometers from Shimoga, popularly known as ‘The gateway of Malnad’. The Tunga River flows through the village and dam is built across the river. It is the home for many beautiful birds. Best time to visit Gajanur dam is post monsoon and mid-winter. Visitors are allowed all year round.

Hidlumane Falls, Hidlumane Falls, Shimoga (8 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Hidlumane Falls offers a refreshing sight to the viewers. Hidlumane falls is a series of cascading falls with about 6 or 7 falls one after another. The beauty of these falls is that each of these falls are hidden from one another. Hidlumane Falls is located at 4 km from Bellakka village near Nittur and 45 km from hosanagar. To reach the falls you need to trek through rocky hills filled up with lush trees all around. The best time to visit the waterfall is during the post monsoon season.

Jog Falls, Gersoppa Falls, Shimoga (9 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Jog Falls also called as Gerosoppa Falls or Jogada Gundi is the second highest plunge waterfall in India located in Sagara taluk Shivamogga district of Karnataka, India. River Sharavathi plunges from a height of 830 feet. It is a segmented waterfall which is one of India's tallest waterfalls and the best waterfalls in Karnataka, Jog Falls is simply a landmark that you cannot miss. Truly a natural wonder. No words to describe to its beauty especially during monsoon season. A must watch attraction. Magnificent view of falls from top. You can go down through steps(1388) to reach bottom of the nearby hill to see the beauty in closest view. Jog Falls is located at approx 18km from Siddapur, 30km from Sagar, 100km from Shivamogga, 87km from Murdeshwar, 402km from Bengaluru, 152km from Karwar, 235km from Goa.

Kavaledurga Fort (10 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Kavaledurga Fort is one of the ruined fort located near Thirthahalli in Shimoga district of Karnataka, India. This scenic fort is one of the must visit places during monsoons and one of the best places for trekking and photography. Not to be missed is a view from the top of the Fort and the ruins of the main Palace building. There are several monuments and temple inside the Fort Complete which are built during the Keladi dynasty. Fort has three lines of walls and at the center overlooking the western sea is a small temple known as Shikhareshvara or Srikanthesvara temple. Surrounded with a lush green forest and hills, it is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts looking for high altitude kicks. Kavaledurga Fort is located at approx 20km from Thirthahalli, 80km from Shivamogga, 34km from Agumbe, 364km from Bengaluru, 329km from Goa, 133km from Mangalore.

Kodachadri, Kodachadri Trek, Shimoga (11 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Kodachadri is a mountain peak in the Western Ghats, located near Nittur in Shivamogga district of Karnataka, India. it is 10th highest peak of Karnataka. Kodachadri is know as one of the best trekking place in Karnataka. There are different routes to reach the Peak of Kodachadri and the difficulty varies highly with respect to the route chosen. One can also chose a jeep ride service to reach the top of the hill. However it is challenging to reach the peak in monsoon due to heavy rains that make the routes slippery, but to enjoy the natural beauty monsoon season is the best time to visit. The sunset watched from Kodachadri peak on a clear day is an enchanting experience. Super scenic place. Even if you need to climb a bit it's worth the climb. In one of the route you will get to see a beautiful Hidlumane Falls, which you wont' be able to see by jeep ride. Kodachadri is located at approx 16km from Nittur, 37km from Kollur, 112km from Shivamogga, 213km from Karwar, 166km from Mangalore, 296km from Goa, 413km from Bengaluru, 210km from Hubli, 639km from Pune.

Kodachadri Trek (12 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Kodachadri is a mountain peak in the Western Ghats, located near Nittur in Shivamogga district of Karnataka, India. it is 10th highest peak of Karnataka. Kodachadri is know as one of the best trekking place in Karnataka. There are different routes to reach the Peak of Kodachadri and the difficulty varies highly with respect to the route chosen. One can also chose a jeep ride service to reach the top of the hill. However it is challenging to reach the peak in monsoon due to heavy rains that make the routes slippery, but to enjoy the natural beauty monsoon season is the best time to visit. The sunset watched from Kodachadri peak on a clear day is an enchanting experience. Super scenic place. Even if you need to climb a bit it's worth the climb. In one of the route you will get to see a beautiful Hidlumane Falls, which you wont' be able to see by jeep ride. Kodachadri is located at approx 16km from Nittur, 37km from Kollur, 112km from Shivamogga, 213km from Karwar, 166km from Mangalore, 296km from Goa, 413km from Bengaluru, 210km from Hubli, 639km from Pune.

Kunchikal Falls, Kunchikal Abbe, Shimoga (13 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Kunchikal Falls is a splendid waterfall also known as Kunchikal Abbe is situated at Mashthikatte-Hulikal border in Nidagodu village, which is the border of Shimoga-Udupi, Karnataka. It is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Agumbe. The Kunchikal waterfall is structured by River Varahi, The side streams of River Varahi create several seasonal falls in the nearby forest during the monsoons. The Varahi River courses on for 25 kms, after which it takes the form of the Kunchikal Falls. The total height of the waterfall is 455 meters (1493 feet to be accurate).The sparkling view and picturesque location are wonderful when enjoyed in nature's delight. The most beautiful thing about the Kunchikal waterfall is the natural appearance of the rocks which the water cascades giving a breath-taking, mesmerising view. The Kunchikal falls come under the hydroelectric projects, to generate high power of electricity. The power generated by the waterfalls goes into the Mani dam and Hulikal Power generation station, which is why the water flow to the falls, is drastically reduced ,Hence Rainy season is the ideal time to visit the waterfall (July to September). Hulikal is part of the Balebare Range of hills, lies in the Western Ghats.

The Kunchikal waterfall is said to be one of the least explored falls in the country, but the area is well maintained with the lowest littering, and the prohibition on the usage of plastic bags make the fall very little pollute. The dam prevents public to drive in the area, so traffic can be struck out from the list. The Kunchikal fall is one of those exclusive picnic spots to get away from the fast-paced life we all are living and spend some quality and time in peace, solitude and tranquillity. Kunchikal Falls is accessible by road and visitors just have to walk a few meters from the parking to view the falls.

Kundadri Hill (14 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Kundadri is a beautiful hill top in the agumbe forest range, located near Agumbe, in Shimoga District of Karnataka, India. Amazing sunrise and sunset can be experienced at this place. Hill top lies 3,200 feet above sea level is less crowded and undisturbed by tourists. A 17th century Jain temple dedicated to Thirthankara is located on the top of the hill and the place is known to have given shelter to one Acharya Kundakunda during earlier centuries. One has to drive half an hour from agumbe to reach this place. . Two small ponds formed by the rock on one side of the temple provided water to earlier sages. The regular Kundari trek route takes you around streams to the dense jungle offering spectacular views. Kundadri is located at approx 18km from Agumbe, 32km from Thirthahalli, 93km from Shivamogga, 80km from Udupi, 116km from Mangalore, 347km from Bangalore, 342km from Goa. 689km from Pune.

Linganamakki Dam, Honnemaradu Backwaters, Shimoga (15 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

The Linganamakki Dam is one of the major dam in Karnataka, which is constructed across Sharavati river near World famous Jog Falls. Linganamakki Dam is located near Kargal village of Sagara taluk in Shimoga district of Karnataka, India. It receives water mainly from Sharavati river rainfall catchment areas and also from the Chakra and Savahaklu reservoirs, which are linked through Linganamakki through a canal. The dam's height is 1819 feet above sea level and forms a beautiful backwaters, dotted with myriad islands is also called as Honnemaradu Backwaters. Honnemaradu Backwaters is an haven for trekkers and adventure lovers, surrounding area is filled with lots of hills, small waterfalls, reservoirs and trekking routes, which make its one of the must visit places in the region. Siganduru Ferry is one of the things to do. The reservoir is the source for the Sharavathi hydel power project that has an installed capacity to generate 1,469 MW power and supplies electricity to major portions of the Karnataka state. Linganamakki Dam is located at approx 6km from Kargal, 14km from Jog Falls, 101km from Shivamogga, 124km from Gokarn, 402km from Bengaluru, 236km from Goa, 265km from Belgaum, 693km from Hyderabad.

Mani Reservoir (16 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Abstract. Mani Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant India is located at At the foot of Mani Dam, Karnataka, India. Location coordinates are: Latitude= 13.6763, Longitude= 75.04622. This infrastructure is of TYPE Hydro Power Plant with a design capacity of 9 MWe. It has 2 unit(s).

Nagara Fort (17 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Nagara Fort is located in historic village Nagara near Hosanagara in Shimoga district of Karnataka, India. The fort is built on a small hill, beside a lake. Fort is easily accessible as it is located side by the main road in Nagara Village. It is one of the picturesque fort in this area, very nice place for photography and visited by tourists frequently. The fort looks beautiful during monsoon due to the green cover. You can spend about 30-40 mins here. This was called Bidnur earlier and was the last capital city of Keladi rulers. View from the top of the fort is amazing, surrounded by lush greenery, lakes and hills at a distance. The fort has a system to circulate water around it for safety. Nagara Fort is located at approx 16km from Hosanagar, 36km from Thirthahalli, 82km from Shivamogga, 238km from Dharwad, 382km from Bengaluru, 304km from Goa.

Onake Abbi Falls (18 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

The Onake Abbi Falls is a wonderful waterfall situated near Agumbe in Shivamogga district of Karnataka, India. It's an beautiful waterfall and amazing trekking destination. Falls is a thin water source dropping from rocky hills, cascades from a height of 500 feet. You are required to take permission for trekking from the Forest Department. Located at a distance of 5 Kms from Someshwar, Onake Abbi Falls needs to be trekked from Someshwar through thick forest and rocky slopes. Onake Abbi Falls is located at approx 5km from Someshwar, 8km from Agumbe, 45 Kms from Udupi, 101km from Mangalore, 31km from Thirthahalli, 92km from Shivamogga, 346km from Bengaluru, 318km from Goa.

Savehaklu Reservoir (19 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Savehaklu Reservoir is Situated 6Km away from Chakra dam ,Chakra Dam is around 55Kms from Kodachadri. This reservoir can be spotted while travelling towards Kodachadri from Nagara. Savehaklu dam is one of the water sources for Linganamakki Dam and was constructed before the Linganamakki Dam was built. Heavy monsoon flow gives abundant life to the reservoir and the nature. The place is too windy and foggy during monsoon and this makes it worth place for monsoon trip.

Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (20 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the Sharavathi river basin of the Western Ghats in Sagar of Shimoga District the state of Karnataka. It is spread over an area of 431 Kms.Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many exotic species of animals including the lion-tail Macaque and big cats of various families. The Sanctuary is cloaked in evergreen, semi-green and moist deciduous forests. The backwaters of the Sharavati Wildlife Sanctuary offer excellent opportunities for water sports. Some of the water sports possible here are canoeing, kayaking and wind surfing.

Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary (21 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries situated in Shimogga. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary on Nov, 23 1974. This wildlife sanctuary is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The sanctuary covers an area of 395.6 sq. km. The sanctuary is divided into three zones, namely- core zone(100.6 sq. km), buffer zone(237.4 sq. km) and tourism zone(57.6 sq. km). Unlike other sanctuaries, there are human settlements inside this sanctuary. This makes it quite unique. The Shettihalli sanctuary is 30 km away from Teerthahalli. Mandagadde Natural Bird Santuary is part of Shettihalli Wildlife Santuary. The Tunga Anicut Dam is situated within the sanctuary and provides shelter for otters and water birds. Best season to visit Shettihalli Wildlife sanctuary is between November and January.

Talakalale Balancing Reservoir (22 out of 22 places to visit in Shimoga)

Talakalale Balancing Reservoir was built in the year 1976 for Sharavathi Hydro project. It is about 7 kms from Jog falls. It works as a balancing reservoir. A beautiful picnic spot.


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