10 Best Sightseeing Tours in Shimoga - 2020 (with 2353 Reviews)

Renowned for its history and heritage, Shimoga is an incredible tourist destination to bask in the luxury of nature. It is known to enchant the travellers with its natural beauty in the form of panoramic landscapes, majestic waterfalls, rolling green hills and magnificent temples. It is blessed with the babbling waters of four rivers- Sharavathi, Kumudavath, Tungabhadra and Varada that accentuate the beauty of this gorgeous city. Shimoga boasts of a rich history and has been home to several kingdoms in the past. Deriving its name from the words ‘Shiv Mukha’ that literally translates to ‘Face of Lord Shiva’, Shimoga is a wonderful destination for the tourists to soak in some peace of mind. Nestled in the Western Ghats, Shimoga is known for offering pristine natural beauty and often renowned as ‘Gateway of Malnad’. It is replete with scenic waterfalls, verdant hills, dense forests and a wide array of beautiful flora and fauna. Shimoga Sightseeing offers the most beautiful amalgamation of laid-back vibes with the spirit of adventure. There are multiple places to explore and a range of things to do to soak in the serene ambience of Shimoga. Sightseeing tour in Shimoga is an exciting venture for adventure junkies who are looking to get their dose of thrill. Tourists here like to indulge in a myriad of adventure activities like trekking, river rafting etc. Shimoga is an excellent hill station located just 275 kilometres from Bangalore and perfect for those who are looking for who are looking for the weekend getaway near the city.

For those who are wishing to enthral themselves with the sights of Shimoga, the best places to visit are Jog Falls, Kodachadri, Agumbe, Gajanur Dam, etc. Other notable places to add to Shimoga sightseeing tour are Sacred Heart Church, Vanake Abbey Falls, Shivappa Nayaka Palace, Bhadra Dam etc. An ideal duration for Shimoga Sightseeing is one or two days and offers a serene respite from mundane lives to the tourists. The cost of sightseeing packages in Shimoga is approximately INR 2800-5000. For the wildlife enthusiasts, the most exciting places to be in Shimoga are The Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary Elephant Training Camp of Sakrebailu and Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary. There are various places for the water babies to revel in the beauty of nature like Bhadra Dam, Gajanur Dam and Jog Falls. Among the religious places, the most famous ones are Guddekal Temple, Sacred Heart Church, Sigandhur Chowdeshwari Temple etc. Other prominent places which can be visited near Shimoga are Humcha, Kemmannagundi, Honnemaradu, Koodli, Bhadravathi, Agumbe, Sringeri, Nagara etc. The most amazing time to witness the beauty of Shimoga with sightseeing is from the month of July to December. The weather is the most pleasant this time of the year and offers a rejuvenating vacation for the tourists. Shimoga sightseeing can be enjoyed with friends, families, office colleagues and even solo. The idyllic city of Shimoga has something for everyone and allows everyone to relax and unwind.

Popular Shimoga Sightseeing Tour Packages

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Kodachadri Trek, Shimoga | Book @ Flat 20% off 2D/1N ₹ 2000 5.0 star View Details
Heritage Homestay in Thirthahalli, Shimoga 2D/1N ₹ 2625 4.0 star View Details
Into the Wild at Agumbe 3D/2N ₹ 6529 5.0 star View Details
Nature Homestay near Sharavathi Backwaters 2D ₹ 2250 4.0 star View Details
Kodachadri Trek with Kayaking 2D/1N ₹ 3600 5.0 star View Details
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Kodachadri Trek, Shimoga | Book @ Flat 20% off Best Seller
Kodachadri Trek, Shimoga | Book @ Flat 20% off

2D/1N

Chikmagalur

About the Kodachadri Trek:For those who are looking forward partaking in some adventure next weekend, we offer this 2 days trek to Kodachadri Hills in Shimoga district. The peak is situated at a height of 1343 M and it is the 10th highest peak in Karnataka dotted by thick forests and rich fauna. Start the trip from Bangalore after getting picked up from different spots that would be informed prior. Tread along the rugged, challenging and fascinating trails and on the top of the peak, you will see the stunning nature. Capture the best colours sky shows during the sunset from such an elevation. Visit Shivappanaika's Fort at Nagara and Hidlumane Waterfalls during the trip. The package includes food, accommodation, guide, and transportation from Bangalore to the location and returns.Kodachadri Trek Total Distance:14 KM (To and Fro)Difficulty Level of Kodachadri Trekking: Moderate (No prior experience of trek required)Minimum number of people required for trekking to Kodachadri: 1
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INR 2,500

INR 2,000

Heritage Homestay in Thirthahalli, Shimoga Best Seller
Heritage Homestay in Thirthahalli, Shimoga

2D/1N

Shimoga

About The Property:Stay in the town of Tirthahalli, a popular attraction near Shimoga. Decorated with tall and prominent trees and plants bearing colourful flowers, the property is the perfect destination to stay in the town of Thirthahalli. This homestay is the perfect place to spend some time amidst nature.Allowing you to relax and rejuvenate away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the property is an ideal choice. Located at a secluded place, the homestay allows you to have time disconnected from the worries and connected with nature.About The Activity:The homestay is located in a scenic place and has various activities to enjoy. You can enjoy the bonfire in the evening. The bonfire is combined with music and thus, making it a perfect place to sit by. All the visitors will sit together and share their stories by the bonfire.You will be able to connect with all the people staying at the property and spend some good time. This homestay is a perfect place to relax for a while. Click as many pictures as you can so that you can share your experience back home.Stay:At the homestay, there are a total of five rooms and one dorm. The accommodation is on a sharing basis and is spacious and comfortable.Meals:All the meals namely, breakfast, lunch and dinner are available. You can choose to take either only breakfast or all of them.How To Reach:You can reach the property via private transport or public transport.Package Types:- MAP Plan (Breakfast and lunch or dinner)- AP Plan (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)- CP Plan (Breakfast)Time:Check-in Time: 12:00 pmCheck-out Time: 11:00 am
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23 Ratings

4.0

23 Ratings

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INR 3,199

INR 2,625

Into the Wild at Agumbe
Into the Wild at Agumbe

3D/2N

Shimoga

About the Activity:There is no need of introducing Agumbe in Shimoga since it is the famous tourist destination in South India for last some years. The main reasons for its fame are the rainforests and the serenity prevailing everywhere.Here, during the upcoming long weekend, you are invited to join a group of nature enthusiasts to explore the wilderness hidden in the mist covered Agumbe known as the Cherrapunji of the South. This is a three day tour with trekking, sightseeing, waterfall visits, sunset views, natural walks, beach strolls in Udupi and much more. You will be picked up from Bangalore on Friday at night and then the trip starts. Agumbe and Udupi are eagerly waiting to welcome you with the most natural attractions any place can display.Along with camping in the midst of wilderness, you are free to capture the best moments of your life that merges with the purity of nature at these two places.On the last day, you will be indulging in some adventure activities and water sports at the beach in Udupi and later you will be taken back to Bangalore to wind up the tour.
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35 Ratings

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35 Ratings

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INR 6,529

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Nature Homestay near Sharavathi Backwaters
Nature Homestay near Sharavathi Backwaters

2D

Shimoga

Karnataka as a state is an overall package of adventure to experience, sights to behold and have the best time of your life in the best of stays around the area. You will find something to dazzle you at every turn and city, And one of the most dazzling areas of Karnataka is the city of Shimoga, some 300kms from Bangalore. Based on the banks of the river Tunga, the city of Shimoga is a popular gateway to the amazing hills of western ghats. A little over 70kms from the center of Shimoga is the small town of Giubbadogu. Being a neighbor to the beautiful regions of Jog Falls, Bhatkal and Sagar, the beauty of this place is somewhat synonymous to them all. And a gem in the middle of this lovely place is this homestay based pretty close to the renowned Sharavathi Valley, which is also a highlight for this stay as you will be trekking for adventure activities to the valley from the homestay. And an added advantage to that is seeing the sunset as you are frolicing in the backwaters of Sharavathi and a sunset in the most beautiful surroundings possible.HighlightsSharavati Backwaters Trek - (6 to 12 kms - Customizable trek)Sunrise from Sharavati valley view pointSharavati Backwaters visitSwimming in Sharavati BackwatersEvening stroll and Sunset point visitIndoor games like Carrom, Chess etc
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38 Ratings

4.0

38 Ratings

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INR 2,400

INR 2,250

Kodachadri Trek with Kayaking
Kodachadri Trek with Kayaking

2D/1N

Shimoga

About the Activity:Capture a seat fast in this wonderful package that comes up with adventure to the fullest that too at a breathtaking location in South India encircled by hills, forests and waterfalls.Kodachadri hills are a recurring image in every trekker's dream as it gives a good amount of adventure through out its trails and bewitching sights on the top. At a height of 1343 meters you will be after the trek that would bring to you mesmerising sunset views. In addition to it, get ready to partake in kayaking that heightens the level of thrill you expect.Also, Hidlumale waterfalls and Nagara fort add on to the precious moments you will have here.The package includes food, accommodation and transportation from Bangalore to the site and return.
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179 Ratings

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179 Ratings

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Agumbe Rainforest Trek and Camping
Agumbe Rainforest Trek and Camping

3D/2N

Shimoga

The days of visiting zoos to see wild animals are gone and done now. The new age concept of enjoying the best of wildlife is to go trekking in the forest with a guide in tow, who will tell you about every amazing creature living there. This monsoon trek to the Agumbe Rainforest near Shimoga district does exactly that for you. The main aim of this trek is to impart knowledge on the visitors as to how they can use it all to the effect of living harmoniously with the wilderness. An untouched heaven, this pristine rainforest is home to many amazing flora and fauna species, which are ready to entice your senses and make you stand in awe of evolution. You will get glimpses of Draco Flying Lizards, Flying Squirrels, Slender Loris, and the ruler of these parts of the rainforest, the King Cobra. Deemed to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this tour that takes you to Agumbe, starting and ending in Bangalore. To make your stay comfortable here, you will be given very comfortable and cozy accommodation in tents, and you will also have hygienic and clean washrooms. Making the entire experience even more complete, the food here will be served in the local Malnad style with options available for both, Veg and Non-Veg.This experience of rainforest ecology will be one of the best ones you will ever have.About the Activity:Fixed departure: 15-06-2016-Agumbe, one of the most visited tourist places in South India is located in Shimoga district in the Malnad region of Karnataka.-It is called the Cherrapunji of the South due to the heavy rainfall year around. It is associated with rainforest conservation, documentation of medicinal plants, trekking and photography, and promotion of cottage industry.-With this 4 day trip to Agumbe from Bangalore, you can experience the wonders hidden inside the salubrious nature possessing lush green forests and picturesque waterfalls.-You will be accompanied by an expert Naturalist who will explain the biodiversity of this particular rainforest where you might spot a variety of rare species of flora and fauna.-Have a good time in such a beautiful place by indulging in short trekking, herping, and birding during your tour along with a peaceful stay inside a 300 year old property.-The package includes food, accommodation, and transportation during the trip.Age Limit- 12 to 45 yearsGroup Size- Maximum 30 people
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40 Ratings

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40 Ratings

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12 September 2018
Excellent
"One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. \n\nAn initial route through the forest is what we go through which is not that tiring, but after this stretch we move on to the most difficult part of the trek, where we come across the Hidlumane falls and we need to trek in quite a difficult terrain. Post all this stressful climbing, whatever the view you get is unmatched, all that pain, even though there physically, would have vanished mentally.\n\nBest to trek during monsoon or after the monsoon has receded to an extent as the hills are completely covered in green until the eyes can see. It's a treat for the eyes to feast on watching the western ghats in full glory."
04 September 2019
Excellent
My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers' reviews and amazing pics they have posted on Thrillophilia website. Moreover, it was going to be a solo trek for me and quite obviously, I had so many questions and apprehensions but after experiencing one hell of an trekking expedition, what I could say is 'If you want to go for a trek, just go for it, don't think too much and you won't regret later'. Firstly, the tempo traveller which picked us up from Bangalore was quite comfortable and clean. Colin, who was our host for the trek initiated some ice breaking sessions at the beginning of the travel itself so that we all become familiar to our co-trekkers. Once we reached homestay at the destination point, I would say the arrangements were quite decent. Of course, we could not expect lavish facilities in an economical trip but must say, it had all that we truly required, good food, hot water shower, spacious balcony for all fun activities and amazing view outside. We were literally in the middle of the forest. Only thing that was a little turn-off for me was that the bedsheets were giving foul smell and 8 of us were sharing a single room so that one had to be patient to allow fellow trekkers for the use of washroom. However, please note there were separate rooms for guys and girls. Starting at around 10pm from Bangalore, we reached the homestay at around 5am on Saturday. We rested for few hours, had our breakfast at around 7.30 and kicked off our trekking at 8.00. To begin with, it was just a normal road with forest on either sides but soon comes the path literally through the dense forest and since it was the time of monsoon, it was drizzling a bit and the forest was full of leeches clinging onto us at every step and trying their level best to suck our blood. We were quite vigilant to get rid of them and once they were being difficult to be removed, we were using salt. Just sprinkle a little salt on them and they will detach from you instantly. After an intriguing forest journey battling those leeches, we found ourselves on a grassy open field. We then scanned our body and shoes for any more leeches and once we were clear, marched ahead through the paddy fields to the rocky terrains with water flowing by your side. Soon, we reached a small water fall area. We took some pictures at that spot and when I was thinking that we would probably go back and resume our journey from some other point, I felt quite adventurous when I came to know that we were actually going to cross the water canal and climb up to the top through the super slippery rocks by the side of the fall, all the way to the top where actually the main water fall lies. My advice is not to step on the green patches on the rocks covered with mosses, those are damn slippery and since there was nothing where you can take the support or cling onto, one have to be really careful that they don't slip through these rocks. After some uphill climbing, we finally reached to the, so far the most amazing spot, right at the main waterfall area. Without thinking twice, we rushed under the fall and trust me it felt so damn good and relaxing. It became even more thrilling when our host guided us to the small cave formed right behind the fall. It was definitely not easier to get inside with the water hitting you so hard that you could not see or breathe properly for few seconds but I felt victorious when I reached inside the cave finally and to witness the waterfall from inside the cave was a different experience altogether. Once we were done with the waterfall, came the part of journey which involves a lot of steep climbing through the forest and mostly the trails were on the edge of the hills, where we had to be careful not to slip not unless if you want to experience a free fall :-) And soon we were out on the open area again but this time it was on the steep slope of the hill and it was quite tiring to reach to the peak of the hill fighting with the muscle cramps. Nonetheless, each part of journey was fun and even more pleasing when we got to see diverse landscapes. Once we reached the peak, rested for a while, had our lunch and then started our descent downwards. The lunch box which included tomato rice was provided at the homestay in the morning itself. Soon, we were again under the attack of leeches but must say we fought bravely one more time. We then resumed our trek through a much easier lane to reach to a tea point and had a tea break. Then, came the last part of our trek, which was 1.5 kms uphill climbing to reach to Sarvajna Peetha, a small shrine dedicated to Adi Shankara. This part was even more fun as it rained heavily and the entire area was covered with fog that we could hardly see few yards ahead. Moreover, the wind was blowing so strong that sometimes I felt that it would carry me away with it. Since that spot was where our itinerary ended, we all felt so jubilant, took some pictures and then again descended back to the tea point, where a jeep took us all the way down, back to our homestay. Not to forget, the jeep ride was so damn fun that it sure would give you some chills and adrenaline rush, the reason being there's no proper road and the way the jeep's driven through the rocky, muddy and bumpy surface, it would be a memorable ride. Once we reached homestay, took bath in hot water shower and got rid of our wet clothes. We then played no. of group games like Mafia and Uno, had the dinner and called it a day. Woke up next day (Sunday) with few body aches, cramps and leech bite marks but eh! nothing could ever beat the amazing experience we had the earlier day. Wounds and pain will heal but the memories will last forever. We then had a breakfast at around 7.30 and departed back to Bangalore at 8.00. We stopped at Nagara Fort at around 30 kms from homestay, took some pics and resumed our journey. So all in all, it was a great experience getting close to the mother nature and far from these modern gadgets for a day. Besides the amazing trek we had, I would always cherish the camaraderie I shared with my co-trekkers in such a short span of time and I would really like to thank Colin, our host for organising such a wonderful trek and making us so comfortable throughout the entire trip. Colin was associated with the vendor team and as a satisfied customer, I will definitely look forward to more of such trips with the same vendor for sure. With all this, I would happily recommend my all trekking enthusiasts to go for this trek and I can vouch that you will come back with nothing but all smiles and tons of fascinating memories with you.
09 November 2018
Excellent
This was my 2nd SOLO trek through Thrillophilia. I am passionate about trekking and i feel Thrillophilia is one of the trusted platform, through them i can plan my solo trekking without any 2nd thought. Kodachadri trekking was one of my awesome experience. They experience going through Jungle, waterfall, the valley of mountain and at the end reaching to the peak of 1343m its just awesome. #loveKodachadriTrek....!!
21 January 2019
Excellent
"Kodachadri was my first trek and it was a one such trek that couldn't be better. First we started with the forest trek, to the Hidlumane falls and then ascending to the Kodachadri peak. The experience was beautiful. The fun part was the rollercoaster ride in the Jeep. All I can say is, this trip will forever be remembered thanks to the coordinators for this amazing time. I will never forget this trek and being my first trek and being a solo traveller I had a great experience."
28 February 2017
Excellent
A must go place! We started our trek early in the morning and the journey through the jungle and waterfalls was breathtaking! There were a few steep climbs too with a scorching sun above us, but all of it is worth when you reach the peak. I would suggest to rest at the peak till evening and take the jeep ride back down, coz it is one hell of adventure! On the way back, park for a while to witness the mesmerizing sunset. It will soothe you of all the pain. The next day we had Nagara Fort on the way back. A picturesque location, i must say! With so many pics, burnt calories and smiles on our faces we returned with a bag full of memories :)
25 February 2020
Excellent
"Best location. best group of people. Enjoyed every bit of the stay though the homestay food was below average but apart from that enjoyed the trip ."
07 February 2020
Excellent
It was an awesome experience. Tour guides were very friendly and the trek of almost 14 kms was a fun to be part of.
04 January 2020
Excellent
"This was one of the best trip. Trek leads"
17 December 2019
Excellent
Normally we go for clubbing for New year but this year we decide to do something offbeat so we chose to go for this trek to Kodachadri Peak, it was such an amazing trekking experience, the panoramic views, the beautiful waterfalls overall it was an overwhelming experience, We even had a new year party at the campsite with DJ and everything and the party was so lit.
16 December 2019
Excellent
What an amazing party it was. We spent the new year 2018 on the banks of the Tunga River. It was so much fun. I had great time with my family and friends. Every wildlife enthusiast or trekker should definitely visit! Thanks thrillophilia for this wonderful tour.

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