What to do and see in Shimoga, India: The Best Places and Tips

October 25, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Shimoga, officially renamed as Shivamogga, is a city and the district headquarters of Shimoga District in the central part of the state of Karnataka, India. The city lies on the banks of the Tunga River. Being the gateway for the hilly region of the Western Ghats, the city is popularly nicknamed as "Gateway of Malnad".
Restaurants in Shimoga

Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Shimoga 5762200, India (08254) 258488
Excellent
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4.5 based on 198 reviews

Kodachadri

Reviewed By Adithya K

Kodchadri is a mountain peak. It is located in Sagar taluk. At the peak point there is temple like structure called sarvajna peetha where Adi Shankaracharya meditated.

Thirthahalli, Shimoga, India
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Kundadri

Reviewed By santhosh_wilson - Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India

We went Kundadri hill during our stay in Agumbe. The winding road finally reaches it's misty destination. There is a Jain temple uphill.We reached there at a time when everywhere was covered with mist, providing a fantastic experience.. Travellers to Agumbe or Shiksha should never miss this misty peak

3. Sakrebailu Elephant Camp

14 Km from Shimoga City, Shimoga, India +91 95911 37909
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4.5 based on 255 reviews

Sakrebailu Elephant Camp

Reviewed By Suvo1982 - Bengaluru, India

excellent place for all. kids will enjoy it more though. I would say go during winter session as you can enjoy the weather well.

Subramanya, Chikkamagalur 577101, India +91 88949 15059
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mullayanagiri

Reviewed By Tina_Dhawan

Worth the drive for the views... Only wish there was some place to have a cup of the famous Arabica Coffee from this region.. the road could be better

5. Z Point

Kemmangundi | Trek from Raj Bhavan, Chikkamagalur, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 110 reviews

Z Point

Reviewed By Ria110494 - Kharagpur, India

If you are in Chikmagalur you are physically fit to climb up a steep cliff, then this place is a must for you. We had to park our vehicle at a point and had to rent a jeep for Rs 650 which took us for an extremely bumpy ride and dropped us near the trekking trail. If you have enough time for the trek then you can easily save this money and start your trek from your vehicle parking itself. I don't think you would take much time to reach the start of the trail where these jeeps dropped us. After getting out of the jeep we started following a very narrow mountain trail which brought us in front of a falls. I would advise you to be cautious over here as the road is extremely slippery. The trail ends a few meters after the falls and the main trek starts from here. The road turns a bit steep from there and as we did not have enough time in hand and one of us was not well we did not go till the peak. We climbed till some point, clicked some cool shots and returned. Till the falls I think everybody can go but beyond that (after the trail ends) the climb becomes a little challenging. I would not recommend the climb for elders or people having some medical issues. Wear proper trekking-friendly clothes and shoes and carry enough water with you. Surely the visit to this place was one of the most memorable parts of our trip to Chikmagalur.

6. Jog Falls

Shimoga, India +91 72592 96557
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4 based on 711 reviews

Jog Falls

Reviewed By Abhinay P

Monsoon season is perfect to visit this place extremely superb place food n boarding also available here

7. Tiger and Lion Safari, Shimoga

Sagar Rd, Shimoga, India 08182-22983
Excellent
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4 based on 223 reviews

Tiger and Lion Safari, Shimoga

Reviewed By sudhibhushan - Bangalore

The Tiger and Lion safari park is located at Tyavarekoppa, Sorab, Shimoga. This is around 10 KMs from the Shimoga city on the Sagara road. This was started in 1988 as Karnataka's second safari park, after Bannerghatta National Park.
Visited this park along with family last weekend.
Timings:-
Morning 10:30 A.M to 1:00 P.M.
2:15-5 P.M.
Tuesday is a Holiday
One needs to purchase entry ticket at the main gate for entering the safari park complex. This ticket could be used for the Zoo and Park entry.
Entry Fees
Adult: Rs. 30
Children: Rs.10
Car parking charges-Rs.50
The safari park also has notice boards listing the fee details for adopting various animals.
For the safari, separate tickets have to be purchased.
Adult: Rs. 70
Children: Rs. 30
Points to Note:-
1. The safari time is less than 30 minutes. One gets to see few lions and tigers in the enclosed area, barely few meters from the safari vehicle. It is a great sight to see the tigers relaxing in the water ponds if the safari timings are close to noon. Though it is less appealing when compared to the Bannerghatta National Park in this aspect, one should admire the way this park is managed by the Wildlife department.
2. Apart from safari, there is a small zoo with different types of animals and a play area for kids.
3. Watch out for the monkeys
Due to the paucity of time we could not visit the zoo and the park area. However we had a nice time with kids enjoying it thoroughly.

8. Keladi

7 Kilometers from Sagara Town, Shimoga, India
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Keladi

Reviewed By pratraveller2015 - Bengaluru, India

Many historical temples and places are destroyed or not maintained in Karnataka But this place is exception. Its still running. Pooja is done everyday. Once a capital of a kingdom looks like an ordinary village. Karnataka government should put lot of emphasis on tourism and advertising this places.

9. Hebbe Falls

Kemmannagundi, Chikkamagalur, India
Excellent
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

Hebbe Falls

Reviewed By shivaram k

This place is a NO NO for
a. FAMILIES
b. OLD PEOPLE
c. KIDS
d. EVEN LADIES: Not because ladies cant, but because its totally unsafe, and no polic no checkpost, no humanity around , no teastall, total Wilderness and anything can happen ( such as mugging, theifs, anti socials)
Experience is surreal and amazing, this is total remoteness and Wilderness and a falls in middle of that.
Also the jeep ride that takes you to the fall is a totally totally adventure ride to the point of being dangerous even. Its actually more challenging than some big roller coaster,without any of the safety belts.
Go there if you are young, male, with no posessions, have some local guy who knows kannada accompanying you, and love adventure. Not recomended for any other category.

10. Sharavati River

Sagar Taluk,Kalyani Chowka, Shimoga, India +91 99450 74806
Excellent
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Sharavati River

Reviewed By Balaram G - Bengaluru, India

One of the picturesque backwater in Sagar. And a must visit "Sigandur Chowdeshwari temple".
After visiting Jog fall, returned back to Sagar at 01:30PM. Very limited buses are available from Sagar bus stand (every 02 hours). Almost 01 hour journey by bus to reached Sharavati river. Took ferry boat to cross the river (ticket only Rs.1/-). One can see clean, calm, picturesque, serene river. Its only 15 mins journey by ferry boat, but this river and surrounding area will amazed you in every second.

After reached, took shared taxi, which are available in Rs.20/- per person to reach the temple.
Last ferry service will be 05:00 or 05:30PM, so plan it accordingly. According to the last ferry bus will be there to return Sagar.

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