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Best Things To Do in Shimoga

The best things to do in Shimoga range from downright adrenalizing to profoundly religious. Shimoga, nestled in the Sahyadris, is an abstract canvas painted by the deep browns of the surrounding mountain ranges, the azure of the high skies, the periwinkle of the limpid waters and the happy colours of flocks of birds decorating the skyline.

Shimoga is most popular as a serene trekking and hiking destination. Adventure tourists from across India, come here to enjoy the weekend. Infact, Shimoga is an ideal weekend locale close to the city of Bangalore and Bangalore Adventure Club often organises trekking and camping trips to Shimoga. The Kodachadri Peak, is a fulfilling trek that offers a panoramic view of the beautiful district. In addition, Shimoga is home to the famed Jog Falls, which is truly a sight to behold.

However, Shimoga is not all nature. The grand Keladi Temple near Honnemardu, the nearby museum and Nagara Fort, together narrate Shimoga rich history through art and architecture.  

A few miles from Shimoga is the town of Honnemardu, which is a world by itself. Known best for its water-sports, Honnemardu is also a birding-friendly location. It is also frequented by trekkers and hikers alike.

Shimoga is also blessed with luxurious flora and fauna. It has sanctuaries for tigers and lions in addition to conservatory parks for migratory birds. You can spot a sloth bear in the forests of Shettihalli, while here.

The cuisine of Shimoga has a distinct flavour of its own. While it is typical Kannada food, it has a touch of its own. Do not forget to taste the mango pickle of Midigayi Uppinakai and Avalakki, which is ground rice. There is a dessert special to Shimoga and it’s called Halasina Hannina Kadubu. Genesale is another delicacy if you have a sweet tooth.

Finally, the village of Heggodu has a personality of its own. Witness a tribal dance performance and see a local play on your visit here, which should make it to your list of best things to do in Shimoga!

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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Shimoga

  • What are the best things to do in Shimoga

    Below mentioned are some of the best things to do when in Shimoga:

    • Trekking

    Hike up the contours of the Western ghats while in Shimoga. Trek your way up to the Kodachadri Peak and enjoy the scenery, replete with several waterfalls among misty green valleys.

    • Jog Falls

    One of the highlights of your Shimoga trip is going to be a visit to the resounding Jog Falls. While the fall is at its lushest during monsoon, it splits up into four cascades of Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer at other times of the year.

    • Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary

    Take a thrilling safari through the Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary, teeming with various species of birds and home to the sloth bear, leopard, tiger and elephant.

    • Keladi

    Lose yourself in the grand architecture of Keladi, especially if you are a history buff or a religious person. The monument is an example of Dravidian and Hoyasala architecture. The temple inside is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

    • Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

    Engage in some birdwatching at the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, which conserves populations of birds in their natural habitat. The place is chirping with the sounds of Median Egrets, Darter, Snakebird and Little Cormorant.

    • Honnemaradu

    Honnemaradu is an ideal site for a plethora of watersports. It is a quaint village located in the neighbourhood of the Sharavathi River backwaters.

    • Nagara Fort

    Explore the ruins of Nagara fort, which still houses relics from the 16th Century.

    • Gajanur Dam

    Pack a picnic and head to Gajanur Dam, constructed on River Tunga. You can enjoy an idyllic boat ride while here.

  • What are the adventure activities to in Shimoga?

    Nestled in the lap of the Sahyadris, Shimoga combines the best of mountain and river based adventure activities. Some of these are:

    • Trekking

    With its close proximity to the Ghats, Shimoga is an ideal trekking and hiking destination. A trek up to the Kodachadri Peak can be deeply fulfilling. The venue offers a stunning view of Shimoga, adorned with streams, waterfalls and lush greenery. In addition, you can even trek your way to Jog Falls. Some people also enjoy Honnemardu as a hiking destination.

    • Water Sports

    Honnemardu offers a host of water sports. These include canoeing, kayaking, coracle rides, windsurfing and kayaking.

    • Elephant Camp

    Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is located 15 kms from Shimoga. Watch elephants play around and enjoy a decadent mud-bath while here.

  • Which are the best destinations for wildlife safari experience in Shimoga?

    The best destinations for wildlife safari experience is mentioned below:

    • Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary 

    Home to the tiger, leopard and sloth bear, a safari through this park can be a worthwhile experience.

    • Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari

    If you are a lover of big cats, a trip here is a must. The forest is sprawling with 200 hectares of land traversed by majestic lions, tigers, sloth bears, deer and leopards. The jeep safari is organised by the forest department.

    • Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

    A visit here is a must if you have an interest in birding and birdwatching. It is also a heaven for photographers as it’s replete with picturesque views of the surrounding greenery and waters. Find exotic species of birds such as Median Egrets, Snakebird and Darter, at this conservation park.

  • Which are some famous campsites near Shimoga?

    Famous campsites near Shimoga include:

    • Kodachadri

    The Bangalore Adventure Club frequently hosts camping and trekking trips to the unspoiled gem of Kodachadri.

    • Kundadri Peak

    Kundadri is located 80 km from Shimoga and is known for its untainted beauty. One of the highlights of camping here is a visit to Jain Temple and the Sharavathi backwaters.

    • Honnemardu

    This village, with a splendid view of the ghats and the nearby river, is an ideal destination for camping.

  • Which are the most adventurous places for trekking in Shimoga?

    The most adventurous places for trekking in Shimoga include: Kodachadri Peak, Jog Falls, Honnemardu, Nagara Fort, Kundadri Peak and also the sanctuaries of Shettihalli and Mandagadde.  

  • Where can I do birding in Shimoga? What are its famous destinations?

    The ecosystem of Shimoga is rich in a diversity of bird species. Some of the best destinations for birding here are:

    • Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary

    Located across the Tunga river, is the scenic Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary. Home to Median Egrets, Pied Kingfisher, Night herons and Open-bill Stork, this sanctuary is a laudable conservatory effort for birds especially migratory avians.

    • Maidaan, Agumbe

    Another vast area conducive to bird watching is the Maidan in Agumbe. Find yourself in a pandemonium of chirpy sounds made by the Malabar Hornbill, shrieks and lapwings, while here.

    • Lakkawalli

    A little further from Shimoga, Lakkavalli is a bird-lover’s paradise. Alive with the sounds and hues of river terns, spot-billed ducks and the white-breasted kingfisher, Lakkavalli boasts an eclectic mix of birdlife.

    In addition, Honnemardu is also a bird-watching delight.

  • Where can I enjoy Kayaking in Shimoga? What are its charges?

    The best spot for kayaking in Shimoga, is Honnemardu, hands down. Jog Falls is another popular destination for kayaking here. It can cost you anywhere between Rs. 500-1500/person. It is advisable to take a kayaking lesson before you set sail.

  • Which are the best locations for rafting in Shimoga? What is the best time for it?

    Below mentioned are the best locations for rafting in Shimoga:

    •    Sita Nadi

    Flowing through the dense greenery, River Sita is an ideal spot for white water rafting in Shimoga. In fact, it offers the best rafting experience in South India. Located in Agumbe, an area known as Cherrapunji of the South, Sita Nadi receives abundant rainfall and its waters are conducive to rafting.

    •    Honnemardu

    Located on the backwaters of River Sharavathi, Honnemardu is another popular tourist spot for watersports including river rafting.The best time for rafting is during monsoon, ie from June to October, when there is plenty of rain.

     

  • How far is Honnemardu village from Shimoga? What are the things I can do there in Honnemardu village?

    Honnemardu is a tiny hamlet, located along River Sharavati. It is about 100 Km from Shimoga district.

    The area is an adventure haven. It offers various options of thrilling activities such as trekking, camping and hiking. In addition, it is also an offbeat bird-watching spot, not known to many. Honnemardu is most famous for its wide range of water sports. These include kayaking, canoeing, rafting, wind surfing, joy fishing and swimming. The nearby Ikkeri town here has a beautiful Shiva mandir. Keladi, which is known for its 16th century architecture is also nearby.

Traveller Tales From Shimoga

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Kanaka Kapoor

16 October 2015

Kodachadri is certainly one of the most beautiful trekking trails, one fact that I realized after spending 10 years in Karnataka. Beautiful place, loved the trekking and the entire region is so calm th

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Anilabh Bharadwaj

28 December 2015

Beautiful hills with an ambience to kill for. Went trekking here with a group of high energy techies who really loved the weather and the guides. Nice idea for a quick weekend getaway guys. Worth the m

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Gajbaahu Kakkar

12 April 2014

The Kundadri Peak is located 80 km from Shimoga and around 20 km from Thirthahalli. It is known for its pristine beauty. We had a great time at this trek. I so suggest this to all my friends already. I...

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Sreemath

04 August 2017

I traveled to Agumbe with the group last November. Koodlu falls was still closed because of heavy rainfall before that but we got the stunning views of Onake Abbi falls. Found a big snake at Agumbe wi...

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Gitanjali Devar

23 February 2017

I was visiting my friend in Bangalore when he came up with the idea of camping. While searching I came up with this package which was the best for our weekend. It was a beautiful home stay and the room...

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Chandraketu Bandopadhyay

23 February 2017

My brother was visiting this summer and so we all decided to try this amazing trek. We were 7 members for the trip and it was an amazing one. Everything was very well organized right from your pickup t...

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Karthik Dubashi

13 October 2015

This trek is challenging, no doubt but one thing for sure once you start trekking you will be so engrossed in the accompanying natural beauty that you would just not wish to give up. Amazing experience...

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Gurinder Singh

13 August 2015

I never knew about Kodachadri and if it weren’t for my friends, would never have! But they dragged me to this beautiful trek and I am so happy they did because it was the most awesome experience. Espec...

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Lalit Thapa

23 March 2017

"It was awesome experience for us to be a part of this amazing trekking as we had lots of fun and enjoyed it to fullest. everything was well planned by the organiser and we did not had any issue during...

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