1. Jog Falls: One of the best places to see in Shimoga is the Jog Falls, which is also known as the second highest and the tallest non-tiered waterfall in the entire country. Tucked at the border of Uttar Kannada and Shimoga, the Jog Falls is also commonly known as the Jogada Gundi or Gerusoppa Waterfall, and is surrounded by lush forests. Flowing down the rocky cliffs from a height of over 250 metres above the sea level, the Jog Falls is formed by the serene Sharavathi River, and is then divided into four different parts, known as Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer.
2. Kundadri: Another one of the most popular places to visit in Shimoga is Kundadri, a famous view point, located at around 3200 feet from the sea level. The Kundadri view point offers some of the most spectacular views of the impressive valley down below, in addition to the verdant rainforests and mountains surrounding the region. It is also a great place to enjoy activities like trekking, and indulging in picnics with your near and dear ones, and is perfect for people of all ages and interests. You can also hike all the way to an ancient Jain temple located at the hilltop, a few kilometres above the Kundadri View Point.
3. Agumbe: When visiting Shimoga, one place that you must definitely pay a visit to, is the small and tranquil village of Agumbe. Tucked amidst dense green forests and rolling hills, this quaint hamlet is particularly known for offering some of the most beautiful sunset views in the region. It is also home to other popular sightseeing attractions, such as the Barkana Waterfalls and the Gopalakrishna Temple. A great place to visit if you are seeking respite away from the tourist crowds, Agumbe is also a hiking and trekking hotspot. It is also often referred to as the “Cherrapunji of the South,” and is said to receive the heaviest rainfall in the entire region.
4. Ikkeri: Ranked as one of the most famous temple towns, located in close proximity to Shimoga, is the town of Ikkeri. Known as the home of the popular Aghoreshwara Temple, this town also boasts of a peaceful and serene ambience, a divine and spiritual vibe and overall beauty. Surrounded by hills and verdant valleys, Ikkeri is also a photographer’s paradise, as you can indulge in various types of photography here, from nature and wildlife, to capturing views of the sunrise and sunset, as well as the intricate temple architecture.
5. Gudavi Bird Sanctuary: A haven for bird lovers, the Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is another one of the best places to visit in Shimoga. It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region, located right along the serene Gudavi Lake. Home to more than 48 different species of birds, the Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is one place where you can catch sights of birds like the Black Headed Crane, the Little Grebe, Jungle Fowl, Bittern, Indian Shag, the Jungle Fowl and more. This place is also one of the most visited bird sanctuaries in all of Karnataka, and is famous for its unique birdwatching tours.