11 Best Tourist Places to Visit in Shimoga
Shimoga, located in the state of Karnataka is true gem of nature and scenic landscapes. The stunning hill station getaway has something to offer for everybody! The places to visit in Shimoga are as varied and diverse as the landscape itself. 

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Be it the tall and cascading Jog Falls or the jungles of Agumbe for the wilderness lover, Heggodu for the theatre loving souls or places like Keladi for the religious and history buffs; Shimoga is blessed with a varied landscape and salubrious climate that is a treasure for every travel and adventure lover.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Shimoga:

01

Kodachadri

Kodachadri

The crowning jewel of the Western Ghats, Kodachadri is a beautiful mountain oeak with thick grassy knolls and tall elevations. One of the most breathtakingly beautidul sight of the Shimoga tourist places, it has been declared as a natural heritage site by the Government of Karnataka and holds the distinction of being the 10th highest peak of the state. Kodachadri is the tall elevation behind the famous temple of Mookambika Devi in the region of Kollur.


The peak and the surrounding forests are home to several unique and endemic flora and fauna that makes it a richly endowed biodiversity hotspot. You can spot animals such as MalabrLangur, Pied Hornbills and Indian Rock python amongst others. On the Kodachadri peak, you can also spot several structures that date back to an era bygone as it has been a site of inhabitation for multiple periods in history. A trek to this stunning peak is highly recommended.
02

Honnemaradu

Honnemaradu
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A small town hidden away beside the beautiful and sprawling reservoirs of the Shravathiriver, Honnemaradu is a lush green town and is one of the offbeat Shimoga Tourist places. The backwaters of the Sharavati River run calmly by this sleepy little hamlet, covering an area of 50km by 80 km.

The town also has a lake called Honnemaradu i.e. ‘Golden Lake’ which presents some of the most stunning views of the sunrise and sunset that are impossible to witness sin the city or anywhere else. You can undertake hiking, boatings, canoeing, kayaking and wind rafting alongwith with several other travel groups who will be only too happy to undertake such activities for you. 

03

Jog Falls

Jog Falls
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The second highest waterfalls in India, the Jog falls cascade from a towering height of about 253ft and originate in the flows of the Sharavathi River. The Jog falls are one of the most stunning of all Shimoga tourist places. The Jog falls are actually constituted out of four major and distinct falls i.e. Raja Falls. Roarer Falls, Rocket Falls and the Rani Falls.

You can also view the falls from the opposite side, after descending about 1400 stairs. Located in the SagarTaluk, it os the most sought after tourist places near Shimoga. The region around the falls is covered by dense vegetation, which makes up for even more stunning backdrops for the cascades.
04

Kundadri

Kundadri
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In the TheerthahalliTalukaof Shimoga region is the delightful abode of Kundadri Hill, a solid rock structure with a Jain Temple at the top. Rising 3,200 feet above ocean level, the KundadriHills is a cool destination that is a perfect spot to visit amidst any weather condition.

Secured in rich green woodlands, this trek to Kundadri is a heavenly experience which is also a  holyplace for Jains furthermore a fine spot to do a touch of trekking and hiking, for adventure lovers. The hills are named after a Jain priest Kundakundacharya who is said to have performed a serious penance here. The seventeenth Century Jain Temple is particularly crowded amid the season of MakaraSankranthi in January. Kundadri Hills being a pilgrimage destination has a tar road that leads to the temple. 

However, the area is best explored whilst trekking in the surrounding jungles. The trail can be a bit challenging at first but quickly becomes simpler and more rewarding as you take in the stunning scenery around you. Youcan spot several streams flowing merrily by as you take amble along merrily to the top.

05

Sakrebailu

Sakrebailu
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Situated at around 14km from Shimoga, the Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is located on the Thirthahalli Rood. The camp houses a number of elephants and is truly a sight of wonderous bewilderment. The elephants are all led by experienced Mahouts who bring them from the nearby forests to snack and play merrily in the Tunga river backwaters.

The wonderous sight of the elephants splashing about in the waters is a must not miss sight of Shimoga Tourist places. The camp is open from 8:30 to 11 in the morning. However, if you do want to see the elephants bathing, it is recommended that you reach this place before 9 in the morning. You can take a local bus from the city to Shimoga and arrive at the elephant camp by a taxi or a local bus.
06

Keladi

Keladi

If the devotion in you is calling you to the tourist places near Shimoga, then Keladi is a must place to visit. This temple town is located in the SagarTaluk of the Karanatak state. This historic town is a relic of the Keladi rulers who were the feudals of the Vijayangara Empire. The main sight to vist in Keladi is the Rameshwara Temple, which is built up in the Hoysala and Dravida style. The temple, though of humble outdoors, houses a treasure trove of intricate carvings and revered deities inside.

The temple houses three deities, Lord Rameswara (Linga and Nandi), Lord Veerabhadra and Lord Ganesh. The pillars are stunningly carvedwith epic gods and goddesses as well as animals. At the ceiling you can find the legendary (imaginary) two headed bird called Garudabande.

07

Dabbe Falls

Dabbe Falls
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As is the case with the most beautiful sights in Shimoga tourist places, The Dabbe Falls greets the wary visitor with the most stunning sight of the waterfall gushing from the mountain precipice. The sere falls are located in the Hosagadde Village of the Shimoga District of Karnataka. 

A part of the Sharavati valley, the stunning falls adorn the Western Ghats and are surrounded by jaw dropping natural beauty. The sound that the water makes as it drops down from a great height is an incredible sight. The trail that leads to the Dabbe falls, passes through a dense forest  and the unpolluted atmosphere makes up for the most striking sights in nature.
08

Agumbe

Agumbe
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In the event that you are searching for a quiet break for a couple of days from the tumultuous city life, far from the swarmed and popularized attractions, then this is the spot for you.

Agumbe is among the spots that get high rainfall and is rightly called the Cherrapunji of South India. On the southern coasts of Karnataka is a rainforest that is beautiful in its serenity and the receding rainfall of August make it even more exhilarating. 

It is here that you can see greens that you though would never exist! Home to numerous and diverse animal species, Agumbe also plays host to an amazing number of medicinal plants that are unique to this region. The formidable King Cobra has also made this lush woodland its home.

09

Heggodu

Heggodu

Located in the SagarTaluk, Heggodu is a pristine village and is one of those Shimoga tourist places that hold a little secret. It is one of the only towns that is blessed for being the location of NINASAM which is a cultural organisation that actively contributes to the world of drama, films and literature.

 A visit to this town to witness the local dance troupes, theater acts and art groups perform is surely warrante don your trip to Shimoga. In fact so famous is this little town, that artists from all over the world come here to contribute to the cause of local art and many more to attend the residential workshops. You can reach Heggodu from Hosangara via a local transport or taxi from Shimoga.

10

Gudavi Bird sanctuary

Gudavi Bird sanctuary

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is extraordinary and situated amidst thick forests  at a distance off 15 km on the Banavasi Road in Gudavi in Sorabtaluk of Shimogadistrict. Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is encompassed by rural fields on the west and north, and by wet deciduous forests on the east and south. The Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is spread over a territory of 0.73 sq km and offers various impeccable varieties of birds to explore and view. 

Different sorts of birds move to Gudavi for reproducing in monsoon season i.e., in the middle of June and December. A characteristic lake and the trees offer asylum to these feathered creatures.

Guduvi is one of the 5 popular birds parks of Karnataka. As indicated by the overview done in 1993, it is informed that 191 assortments of winged animals are found at Gudavi Bird Sanctuary. Some prominent  feathered creatures that are found at Gudavi include White Pebis, Stone Bill, Egret, Cormorant, Snake fowl, Heron and so forth. A stage is assembled here for a more intensive look of winged animals. 

11

Ikkeri

Ikkeri

Ikkeri is asmall historical place located at about 3km from the Shimoga Town in the SagarTaluk. The main attraction at Ikkeri is the Aghoreshwara Temple which was constructed by the Keladinayakas. The temple has been dedicated to Lord Shiva and is surrounded by a vast open space. 

Located on a slightly higher elevation, the temple can be entered into via a small but splendid cubical that has been made out of granite. The image of the Nandi at the entrance of the temple is what grabs eyeballs because of its glassy finish.The surroundings of the temple are intricately carved reflecting the skill of the masters bygone!

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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 "

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