Located in Karnataka, Shimoga is among the many holiday destinations that have remained untouched by commercialism. It is small yet colourful district with lush green foliage,a river valley and is also evenly covered with areca palm and paddy fields.
The district is dotted with waterfalls that constitute for most of the sightseeing. The most magnificent out of these is the Jog falls located 105 km away from Shimonga and are formed by the Sharavathi River. While at the Jog Falls people can also view the splendid Linganamakki dam which has been built across the Sharavathi and is located over 1800 ft above sea level. Other waterfalls include the Vanake-Abbey falls, the Achakanya falls and the Hindlamane falls.
The extensive forest cover in Shimonga ensures that the area has abundant wildlife. The Tyarekoppa Lion Safari is located very close to Shimonga and if you are lucky than apart from the deer and rare migratory birds you might see a lion or tiger in its natural habitat.
Shimonga is also a very popular destination with those seeking spiritual fulfilment. It has a number of temples like the Bellegavi temple, the Keladi temple and the Bhadravathi temple. But most spectacular place of worship is the Saint Thomas Church which is the second largest church in India.
How to Reach
Air: The nearest airport is Mangalore
Rail: Shimonga is well connected by rail with Bangalore, Mysore and Hubli
Road: It is about 277 km from Bangalore by road. Buses and cabs are available.
Where to stay
Jewel Rock hotel in Durgigudi
Sundar Ashraya Hotel