23 Best Things to Do in Shimoga in 2020 (1868 Reviews)

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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The Kodachadri Trek | Flat 20% off Featured
The Kodachadri Trek | Flat 20% off

2D/1N

Shimoga

TREK DISTANCE    14 km (to and fro) TREK DATES    27th - 28th Feb 2020 | 1st - 3rd Mar 2020 | 4th - 6th Mar 2020 | 5th - 7th Mar 2020 TREK LEVEL    Easy-Moderate MAX ALTITUDE    1,343 meters above sea level TRAIL TYPE    Dense Tropical Rainforests, Waterfalls, Meadows and Cliffs About the Destinations:The outskirts of the state of Karnataka are blessed with some of the most amazing landscapes that are home to numerous peaks and waterfalls. One amongst them is Shivmogga, also known as Shimoga. Famous for its numerous waterfalls and mountain peaks, it is one of the most ideal nature getaways close to Bangalore that one can embark on. The destination rests peacefully on the banks of the Tunga River, making up for its soothing and salubrious climate.In the varied beauties of this awesome destination lies the Kodachadri Peak, which boasts of lush green forests on its summit. The peak also holds the distinction of being a Natural Heritage site as declared by the government of Karnataka. Nestled amidst the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Kodachadri is located at 1,343 meters above the sea level. Designated as the 10th tallest peak in the state and a precious natural heritage location, Kodachadri trek boasts of compact forests, beautiful waterfalls en route gorgeous jungle trails and picturesque landscapes. The name of Kodachadri is derived from the words Kodacha and Adri, which in the local language means home of the hill jasmine flowers. The peak of Kodachadri is a perfect canvas like the backdrop to the famous Mookambika Temple and also the Mookambika National Park. Being in the heart of this National Park, there are various opportunities for wildlife and trekking enthusiasts. Kodachadri Trekking offers the adventurists the opportunity to explore the lush green hillside views and celebrate the wonders of nature. The peak is also home to a stunning range of Biodiversity such as Malabar Langoor, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Indian Rock Python among many others. On the Kodachadri Trekking experience, you can experience the best of what this land of the varied beauties of nature has to offer and experience the serene environment with camping right in the middle of the woods. Duration of the Tour: 1N/2D Altitude: 1343 m Temperature Range: Fluctuates according to the season with heavy rainfall for 8 months in a year. Summers generally sees a temperature ranging between 25 °C to 35 °C. Meal Types: Veg, (Breakfast x2, Lunch, Dinner, tea/coffee/snacks) Activities: Trekking, Campfire Difficulty Level: Average - Challenging
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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

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INR 3,199

INR 2,625

Sharavathi Backwaters Island Trek, Shimoga Featured
Sharavathi Backwaters Island Trek, Shimoga

2D/2N

Shimoga

About the Activity:Disconnect yourself from the obnoxious city sights and revive in the midst of flawless carvings of nature, enough to keep your hearts at ease.Set your destination as Sharavathi Valley for your next weekend for embracing the pure form of nature unique and unseen anywhere else.To join this two day trekking trip, get picked up from the different locations around Bangalore on a Friday night and take an overnight journey to reach the untiring spot rich with dense greenery, the perfect array of high hills and the unaltered backwaters.Sharavathi is a paradise for nature lovers, so this trip would come up with a great deal of energy, peace and enthusiasm to all those protectors of this wonderful portrayal.Stroll around the best parts of Sharavathi, visit the flamboyant cascade, Unchalli Falls, indulge in a breathtaking swimming and experience happiness at its peak while you camp amid the wild thickets.Total trekking distance would be 12 KMs.
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Rainforest Exploration Tour to Agumbe
Rainforest Exploration Tour to Agumbe

3D/2N

Shimoga

About the Activity:Fixed departure date: 10th February, 2017Take part in a very different tour next weekend to Agumbe, one of the must visited places in South India. It is a rainforest sprawling across the Western Ghats beautifully and possessing a wide collection of rare species of mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians.Check this 3 day package which gives you a set of cherish-able memories inside a thick rain forest famous for the heavy rainfall and known as the Cherrapunji of South India.By extending an extravagant time to those who love nature, Agumbe shares some of the relishing views of the forest canopy with numerous streams inside.Listen to experts who have great knowledge about the ecology and eco system prevailing in Agumbe and feel more excited when you spot some of the very unique animals found only here.An inevitable splendid weekend getaway would be waiting for you eagerly. The package includes food, accommodation and transportation during the trip.
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Trek to Kodachadri Peak
Trek to Kodachadri Peak

2D/1N

Shimoga

About the Activity:Trek to Kodachadri is an exciting invitation to all those who love to make their weekends eventful. So for those are looking forward to partake in some adventure, this 2 days trekking trip would be suitable.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. Also, it is the center of attraction of Mookambika region, so that it beckons multitude of seasonal travelers and hike lovers.On this trek, you will tread along the rugged, challenging and fascinating trails and on the top of the peak you will see the stunning nature.Visit the different waterfalls and Nagar Fort as well during the trip. The package includes food, accommodation and transportation from Bangalore to the location and return.
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Night Stay at Sakrebyle Elephant Camp near Shimoga
Night Stay at Sakrebyle Elephant Camp near Shimoga

2D/1N

Shimoga

About the Activity:Sakrebyle Elephant Camp is a forest camp, located near Shimoga, and is dedicated to captive elephants.Its a unique spot for ecotourism as it allows tourists and wildlife enthusiasts to watch, marvel and interact with the elephants here.During your stay here, not only will you get to interact with the elephants but can also embark on trekking, a herbal garden tour and bird watching.The elephant camp is located close to the Tyavarekoppa Lion & Tiger Safari where you can go visit after your tour here (at your own expense).The check in time for this tour is 12:30 PM and check out is at 11:00 AM the following day.There are four chalets or wooden cottages at the campsite.
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25 Ratings

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Night Stay at Sharavathi Adventure Camp near Jog Falls
Night Stay at Sharavathi Adventure Camp near Jog Falls

2D/1N

Shimoga

About the Activity:Located near Jog Falls, Sharavathi Adventure Camp is a beautiful get away to explore in the Sayhadri range.The area is filled with beautiful valleys, rivers and lush green grasslands and forests, all in a beautiful symphony.The Sharavathi Adventure Camp is an ideal location to experience the quintessential magic of the monsoons.During your stay here you can indulge in various activities like trekking, kayaking, coracle riding and boating.For the nature and wildlife enthusiast, this is an ideal location for nature walks and bird watching.You can also go visit the densely wooded deciduous forest of the Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The check in time is 12:30 PM and check out time is at 11:00 AM.The Sharavathi Adventure camp has 20 spacious and comfortable cottages. The cottages have tiled roofs and two-walled design. All the cottages overlook the Talakalale Reservior and offer beautiful vistas of the islands sprinkled in the reservoir.
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41 Ratings

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41 Ratings

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Day Out at Sharavathi Adventure Camp near Jog Falls
Day Out at Sharavathi Adventure Camp near Jog Falls

1D

Shimoga

About the ActivityLocated near Jog Falls, Sharavathi Adventure Camp is a beautiful get away to explore in the Sayhadri range.The area is filled with beautiful valleys, rivers and lush green grasslands and forests, all in a beautiful symphony.The Sharavathi Adventure Camp is an ideal location to experience the quintessential magic of the monsoons.During your tour here you can indulge in various activities like trekking, kayaking, coracle riding and boating.For the nature and wildlife enthusiast, this is an ideal location for nature walks and bird watching.You can also go visit the densely wooded deciduous forest of the Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The tour starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 17:00 PM.
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36 Ratings

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INR 1,146

Trek to Sharavathi Valley
Trek to Sharavathi Valley

2D/1N

About the Activity:Fixed departure date: 25th January, 2018Shimoga district has plenty of serenity in it, but the Sharavathi river valley is something that can be considered to be an ecological paradise.The Sharavathi river is the highlight over here that starts at Ambuthirtha and goes through Thirthahalli taluk and it flows north-west and drops down in the Ghats at the Jog Falls.Get picked up from Bangalore to indulge in the trek. The valley is evergreen to semi-evergreen forest along with moist deciduous type of forests.Visit the Sharavathi Backwater which is about 60 KM in length and about 15 KM wide. This backwater consists of lots of islands with thick vegetation and a lot of wild life in it including some rare birds.The package includes food, accommodation and transportation during the trip.
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69 Ratings

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69 Ratings

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Narasimha Parvatha Eco Trek near Agumbe in Shimoga
Narasimha Parvatha Eco Trek near Agumbe in Shimoga

2D/1N

About the Activity:Fixed departure: 23rd SeptemberNarasimha Parvatha in Rushyasringapura near Agumbe in Karanataka state is known for the unaltered greenery and incomparable serenity enhanced by the presence of chilled climatic conditions round the year.This who crave fro solitude can blindly select this tallest peak in Agumbe ranges which is at a height of 3772 feet gives you ultimate while during trekking or rock climbing.The trip starts from Bangalore and through out the activity, there will be an expert to accompany you who knows about the environment and the landscape in detail.A visit to Jogi Gundi / Siri Mane waterfalls adds more enthusiasm to the whole trip.The package includes food, accommodation and transportation which is inclusive of pick up and drop off.
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39 Ratings

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39 Ratings

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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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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

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38 Ratings

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INR 2,400

INR 2,250

Agumbe Photography Tour, Shimoga
Agumbe Photography Tour, Shimoga

3D/2N

Shimoga

About the activity / tour with details: Located at an altitude of 800 meters in the Western Ghats, Agumbe, Shimoga is the quaint little town you must visit at some point in your life! One of the last remaining rainforests of India, Agumbe is perhaps the herpetology capital of this part of the world. Embark on an exciting Agumbe photography tour expedition and you can search for the beautiful, yet fearsome species of the Malabar Pit Viper and the hump-nosed viper, amongst other exotic species. Grab your cameras and keep a watch out in the thick vegetation for the stunning green vine snakes and if you are lucky you could even find the biggest of them all, the King Cobra! Since Agumbe receives the highest annual rainfall in South India, you can embark on this photography tour in the peak of monsoon!  You will notice that during the Agumbe photography tour, a significant part of Agumbe lies in the heart of the mighty Sahyadris; one of the richest bird habitats of the world. If you’re lucky, you’ll stumble upon some of the avian delights of the region such as the Ceylon Frogmouth, the Malabar Trogon, Indian Pitta, Yellow Browed Bulbul and Blue Bearded Bee-eater among others. A photographer’s delight and paradise for the bird lover, this 3 day tour is all you need to unwind and spend a long time with nature! 
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32 Ratings

4.0

32 Ratings

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INR 13,500

Adventure in Jog Falls and Kanoor Kote
Adventure in Jog Falls and Kanoor Kote

2D/1N

Shimoga

About the activity : It’s time for an exciting new adventure! Located in the Sharavathy reserved forest in Shimoga, Kanoor Kote is a treasure trove for trekkers. Rediscover history and enjoy the natural beauty on this 10km trek that would take around 7 hours over two days. Starting from Bangalore at 10:00PM, the journey to the basecamp in Shimoga comprises covers a distance of  335km and takes about 9 hours. Arriving at the camp, you can have breakfast. Around 8:00AM, start trekking through the different terrains and reach the historic remains of the ancient Kanoor Kote Fort near the peak, which was once the pride of the Havyaka Culture. Continue trekking till the second half of the day and make it to the peak. Enjoy the panoramic views and relax beside a lively bonfire at the peak with your friends and loved ones! Next morning after breakfast, at 08:00AM, start trekking to the nearby Dabbe Falls and get close the magnificent beauty of the cascade. Following this visit, trek back to the basecamp, have lunch and start your return journey to Bangalore.
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29 Ratings

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29 Ratings

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Adventure in Jog falls, Karnataka
Adventure in Jog falls, Karnataka

2D/2N

Shimoga

About the Activity : Waterfalls never cease to amaze you and some of the best experiences you can enjoy whilst trekking are the beautiful waterfalls that surround the landscape near you!  On your next vacation, enjoy an exciting adventure in Jog Falls in Shimoga and experience exciting water adventure sports such as kayaking, zorbing and bask in the glory and splendor of all that nature can offer you! Jog Falls has been termed as the second-highest waterfall in India and is located near Sagara in the Shimoga District of the state ofKarnataka. These segmented falls are a major tourist attraction and are also called by alternative names such as Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. There are over three falls that form a part of the intimidating Jog falls, each with its own unique level of speed and velocity that can send any excited waterfall rappeller into a happy frenzy! So, head on for an exciting adventure to Jog falls, where adventure awaits you!
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31 Ratings

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31 Ratings

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Trek to Kodachadri, Shimoga
Trek to Kodachadri, Shimoga

2D/2N

Shimoga

About the Destination: Declared as one of the natural heritages in Karnataka, trek to Kodachadri is the gateway to the undulated beauty of Shimoga district. With a height of 1,343m, this peak boasts of being the 10th highest peak in Karnataka and is often called as a trekker's paradise. Though the peak is barren, its surrounding is extremely rich in flora and fauna and also serves as a home to several endangered species. As the peak is located in the heart of the Mookambika National Park, it also attracts plenitude of seasonal travellers, nature lovers and others with a spree to discover the bountiful beauty of Shimoga's nature. Also, the once a meditation ground of Adi Shankara, the vicinity is a popular pilgrimage centre for the Hindu devotees. About the Departure: Within the 2 days of this departure, you can delve deep into the pristine beauty of Shimoga and its natural marvels. Making way through the rugged, challenging and fascinating trails, this journey will finally take you to the magical Kodachadri Peak. Along your way to the peak, you can also visit several other attractions as well. This includes some of the popular and stunning waterfalls within the region, sunset point. Not just this, you can also experience night jeep off-roading during your trek to Kodachadri and satiate your adventurous requirements!
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120 Ratings

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120 Ratings

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2 Days/1 Night Kodachadri Trekking, Shimoga
2 Days/1 Night Kodachadri Trekking, Shimoga

2D/1N

Shimoga

About the Destination: Perched at 1,343 metres above sea level, Kodachadri is a winsome mountain peak in Shimoga, Karnataka. It displays the many charms if Western Ghats and was awarded the title of natural heritage site by Government Karnataka. A biodiversity hotspot, this is 10th highest peak of the state. About the Activity: Explore the salubrious settings of Kodachadri trekking experience. The activity is nothing short of exciting and refreshing as you make your way amidst the many charms of nature. Enjoy the trail through forests and landscapes covered in a carpet of green. Also, come across a cascading waterfall that heightens the experience. Once on the top, you can lap up great sights of the hilly areas yonder and the clear blue sky above. The trekking activity takes place over a day, starting from the morning and ending by evening. Safety is given prime importance as the ratio is one professional instructor to 10 people. Local guides are hired to ensure extra safety.
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34 Ratings

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34 Ratings

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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 Trekking with Waterfall Visit
Agumbe Trekking with Waterfall Visit

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About the Activity:Fixed departure: 07th October, 2016A 3 day 2 night trekking package that starts from Bangalore to Agumbe in Shimoga promises you a lot of adventure cum thrilling experiences throughout.Countless possibilities for photography are the dominant attraction of Agumbe, a pristine greenery coupled with waterfalls and peaks. Regular rainfall adds another name to Agumbe that is Cherrapunji of South India.Spot King Cobras, amphibians and reptiles while you indulge in walking through the lush green forests which make Agumbe world renowned.Onkebi waterfalls, Kattina Madike backwater and Kundadri peak are the major points that would be covered in this elaborate trekking trip.The package includes food, accommodation in tents or rooms and transportation which is inclusive of pick up and drop off from Bangalore.
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74 Ratings

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74 Ratings

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Monsoon Cycling in the Western Ghats
Monsoon Cycling in the Western Ghats

2D/1N

Shimoga

About the Activity:Click on to be a part of an unwinding nature in the Western Ghats with a cycle as your companion. Yes, here is a cycling trip in Shimoga with a lot of places to pedal down to.Kodachadri, Bheemeshwara Waterfalls, Hidlumane Waterfalls, Kollur Mookambika Temple etc are the main locations or attractions you will reach by your cycle.On an average, you will cycle around 60 kilometers per day and covering 120 kilometers in two days. A support vehicle will be accompanying the groups throughout out the expedition.Enjoy the sunset views on Kodachadri Hills, take a refreshing dip in Hidlumane Falls, explore the vast serenity and relax by the comforts of nature all the time.This package includes food, accommodation and transportation from Bangalore to Bangalore.
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41 Ratings

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25 November 2019
Excellent
Trek to Kodachadri is one of the best experiences in my life. Killer view, challenging terrain and amazing trails. The sunset and hidlumane waterfalls are to die for. Our trek was organised well and I am really thankful to Jay Prakash and Rahil ( our trek leads as well) for the constant help, for keeping us interactive, providing us a decent accommodation and travel and making this trek a safe and a memorable one. You guys are doing a great job! Totally worth the money and I did get a huge family out of this trek for free!
16 October 2015
Excellent
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 that it automatically de-stresses you.
10 October 2014
Excellent
Awesome experience!!!! Very beautiful place and the waterfall in between trek made the experience even more delightful. We were lucky enough that there were very few leeches :) And the last our trek guide made this experience a life long remembering experience. A must visit to Kodachadri....!!
10 October 2014
Excellent
Wonderful! Truly an enchanting experience. Little did I think that this place is going to influence me so much when I signed up for this trek along with my friend. You don't have to be a pro to trek Kodachadri. The distance and different terrains makes the trek a bit difficult and adventurous. But the feeling when you reach the peak is just unparalleled! :)
28 December 2015
Excellent
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 money!!! go for it everyone!!!
13 January 2020
Excellent
An amazing start to the year with this trek!! Wonderful organisation. Trek leads Prithvi and Bharath were so energetic and helpful. Nice hospitality provided by the homestay, lovely trek, beautiful waterfalls, fun bonfire; what more do you ask for?
24 December 2019
Excellent
It was an impulsive decision which turned out to be an exhilarating experience. I was planning to go on a trek from long back but could not get a chance. But with Thrillophillia, it was made into reality. I was a part of the trekking group which visited Kodachadri on 20/12/2019 which turned out to be an adventure-seeking, goofy and most loving bunch of people. Our Trek lead (Habeeb) his energy was contagious. He guided us with the same energy at the start till end. He knows the route pretty well that I was effortless in following him. Everyone in the group is friendly. As I am travelling alone, I never felt lost or ignored. The itinerary and the stay are awesome. The food which was provided is satiable and filling. The transport has been changed in the last minute, but that was also great. I boarded the bus at 11:00 PM on Friday at Goruguntepalya, reached Halli Mane HomeStay by 8:00 AM on Saturday, from there we started our trek by 9:30 AM and reached Hidlumane waterfalls by 11:30 AM spent some time there and continued our journey till 2:30 PM by which we reached Devasa there we had our lunch and continued the ascend we reached Kodachadri peak by 5:30 PM and enjoyed the beautiful sunset the return was in Jeep which was a roller-coaster kind of experience and "I loved it". We reached homestay by 8:30 PM and had good dinner and spend some time near the campfire. On the next day, we started our return journey by 9:30 AM in between we visited Nagara Fort ruins. Overall it was a great hasslefree experience and a big Thumbs up to #Thrillophilia Until next time, Happy Travelling :-)
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.
04 December 2019
Excellent
"Fantastic experience , trek to kodachadri is one of the greatest experience for each one of our group. most of the people from our group was first time trekkers though the Mountains were tough to climb host Kiran and dixit kept us motivated. took very good care of us. we were group of 8 members who joined other 4 member in the trip. we started on a weekend and reached Saturday morning got freshup had a decent breakfast and took a box of lunch with us and started to trek. after 4 to 5 km we reached hidulumane waterfalls ( best time to visit is July to December before 15 ) as water level decreases. this is one of the beautiful experience one can have. After we enjoy the waterfalls again we started to trek for another 8 to 10 km to the top. \nat 1 we rested near stream and had a good lunch. we reached the peak around 3 and again left at 330 and we walked all the way from jeep track. you will really need strong legs as the gravity pulls you when you are coming down.we reached homestay around 8 pm and took a hot water shower and sat near camp fire for some time and rested for the day. next day we visited nagarfort, kavludurga fort and also kavi mane( kuvempu house) it was all worth it.\nevery one in group is so happy as the host took very good care of us. if any one planning to visit this place it's awesome .Enjoy "

People Also Ask About Shimoga Things To Do

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.  

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

     

  9. 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.