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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Shimoga
Below mentioned are some of the best things to do when in Shimoga:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is an ideal site for a plethora of watersports. It is a quaint village located in the neighbourhood of the Sharavathi River backwaters.
Explore the ruins of Nagara fort, which still houses relics from the 16th Century.
Pack a picnic and head to Gajanur Dam, constructed on River Tunga. You can enjoy an idyllic boat ride while here.
Nestled in the lap of the Sahyadris, Shimoga combines the best of mountain and river based adventure activities. Some of these are:
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.
Honnemardu offers a host of water sports. These include canoeing, kayaking, coracle rides, windsurfing and kayaking.
Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is located 15 kms from Shimoga. Watch elephants play around and enjoy a decadent mud-bath while here.
The best destinations for wildlife safari experience is mentioned below:
Home to the tiger, leopard and sloth bear, a safari through this park can be a worthwhile experience.
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.
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.
Famous campsites near Shimoga include:
The Bangalore Adventure Club frequently hosts camping and trekking trips to the unspoiled gem of Kodachadri.
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.
This village, with a splendid view of the ghats and the nearby river, is an ideal destination for camping.
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.
The ecosystem of Shimoga is rich in a diversity of bird species. Some of the best destinations for birding here are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below mentioned are the best locations for rafting in Shimoga:
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.
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.
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
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 that it automatically de-stresses you.
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 money!!! go for it everyone!!!
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 had a great trek in short. It was one of the best treks we had. I surely love this and would like to do it again sometime. Only that this place is far from my city and the travel expenses are huge.
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 wild forest research station possibly a cobra. Also saw Pit Viper on our trek into jungle. It was quite an adventure and staying in the tents was an experience in itself. The food was delicious and our group had fun before the campfire. All in all, it was one weekend I won't forget for long time. The guide was very entertaining too with all his stories (mostly cooked up). Organizers were very helpful and always with us. It was my first time to live & experience the jungle and i can tell you it's worth every penny.
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 rooms were very well furnished. While trekking we pass the thick forest. It was wonderful to trek through this region with the birds chirping and exploring various wild flowers. Next day we went for Kayaking which was another great experience for us. The peaceful environment made it all more amazing for us. Great experience.
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 to your stay. We also enjoyed some delicious meals before heading out for trekking. We trek to the Hidlumane Waterfall which was mesmerising. And our accommodation was also very good. The rooms are very clean as well. We had a great adventure while trekking and kayaking.
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, all of my friends are ardent trekkers and this was a considerable easy trek for them but considering my first time in trek I must say I did gave up at some point or the other but man! this place is awesome. Loved the entire trekking experience.
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. Especially had fun camping with my friends and the delicious meals they made for us. The team also did a great job! and guys one advice if you anyone trying this trek, take extra water and few snacks !! will be very helpful!!
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 the trip. We also went to Murudeshwar and Jog falls which was not included in package. Thanks to Escape2Explore as they supported us for these extra activities. Overall it was a wonderful experience for me and my group."
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