Shimoga Karnataka

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Shimoga is a city located in Shimoga district in the central part of the state of Karnataka, India. It lies on the banks of the Tunga River and is the administrative headquarters of the district.

The name of the city is derived from the term Shiva-Mukha, meaning Face of Shiva. An alternative etymology is that the name is derived from the term Sihi-Moge, meaning Sweet Pot. The district formed the southern tip of Emperor Ashoka's Mauryan Empire in third century BC. It was ruled during later centuries by the Kadambas (4th century), Chalukyas (6th century), Gangas, Rashtrakutas (8th century), Hoysalas (11th century), and the Vijayanagara rulers (fifteenth century). The city got an independent identity under the Keladi Nayaka rule during 16th century, reaching its pinnacle under the rule of Shivappa Nayaka. From the late 17th century onwards, the city was a part of the Kingdom of Mysore until the independence of India in 1947, when Mysore merged into the Republic of India.
On 1 November 2006, the government of Karnataka announced the renaming of Shimoga to Shivamogga, along with nine other cities in the state, but the renaming is yet to get approval from the Central Government.
Shimoga Airport is under construction in Sogane 6 km from Shivamogga. Airports at Bangalore (275 km), Mangalore (180 km) or Hubli (195 km) can be used as transits to Shivamogga
Nearby Attractions are
Agumbe, 90 km south-west, is unforgettable for its glorious sunset.
Jog Falls are a spectacular series of waterfalls, located 105 km away from Shimoga in Sagar taluk. The Sharavathi River takes a spectacular jump from a height of 292 m in four distinct falls to form the highest waterfalls in India. The best time to visit these falls is soon after the monsoon season during July and August.
•    Agumbe, 90 km south-west, is unforgettable for its glorious sunset.
•    Jog Falls are a spectacular series of waterfalls, located 105 km away from Shimoga in Sagar taluk. The Sharavathi River takes a spectacular jump from a height of 292 m in four distinct falls to form the highest waterfalls in India. The best time to visit these falls is soon after the monsoon season during July and August.
•    Kodachadri is a beautiful hill station in the Western Ghats. It is 120 km from Shimoga.
•    Gajanur lies 15 km to the southwest. The dam built across the Tunga River here is ideal for picnics.
•    Koodli lies 15 km and is the place where the Tunga and Bhadra river meet and flow together as Tungabhadra.
•    Lion Safari Tyavarekoppa lies 12 km on the way to Sagara. Safari drives are conducted by Forest Department in cage vans to get closer glimpse of wild animals.
•    B R P Dam is 28 km from the city on the way to Lakkavalli. This is the dam built on the Bhadra river with a maximum height of 186 feet (57 m).
•    Kavaledurga is a trekking spot around 80 km from Shimoga. A fort built on the hill top and the enchanting view of the western ghats can be seen from this place.
•    Mrugavadhe lies in Thirthahalli taluk and is famous for its Mallikarjuna Temple and its scenic beauty.
•    Sigandooru is 108 km from Shimoga in Sagar taluk. This place is famous for Sigandhoor Sridevi temple and to reach this place one has to go in launch (due to backwaters of river Sharavathi) run by the State government.
•    Sringeri is 105 km from Shimoga. This place is famous for the Sharada Temple and Sringeri Mutt.
•    Sakkare Bayalu is a nice elephant camp 2 km away from Gajanur Dam on the way to Thirthahalli.
•    Ikkeri near Sagara city is known for huge rock temple of Aghoreshwara.
•    Keladi also has rock temple; both of these temples belong to Shivappa Nayaka period.
•    Sagara town is known for wood carving articles particularly of sandal wood, which can be handy for presentation/memento.
•    The village of Ambuthirtha is about 16 km north-west of Thirthahalli. The Sharavathi River originates here and a Shivalinga is installed at the spot.
•    Kemmannagundi is a popular hill station near Shimoga though it lies in Chickmagalur district.
•    Chibbalagude, Thirthahalli, is famous for Siddhivinayaka Temple & Fish in Tunga river, (like Sringeri).
•    Shiva Statue made of concrete is installed at Harakere, near Shivamogga looks good.
•    Gudavi Bird Sanctuary a bird sanctuary spread almost over an area of 0.7 km located in Soraba Taluk of Shimoga District.
•    Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is also home to wide variety of birds.
•    Guddekal has Subrahmanya Temple near Tunga River on Holehonnur Road.
•    Kuppalli, near Thirthahalli, is famous for its historic Kavishaila and Kavimane.
•    Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary, in Sagara Taluk, is home to various mammals, reptiles and birds.
•    Nagara was the last capital of the Keladi rulers. Shivappa Nayaka Palace, Fort, Devaganga Tank, Neelakanteshwara Temple and Gudde Venkataramana Swamy Temple are worth to visit.
•    Balligavi, 21 km from Shikaripura, was the capital of Banavasi rulers. It is also known as 'Dakshina Kedara' and it has many historic temples like the Kedareshwara temple made out of soap stone.
•    Humcha, a renowned Jain pilgrimage centre has many Jain basadis, temples and mutts.

Reaching Shimoga

From Bangalore to Shimoga (281 Km)


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From Vellore to Shimoga (492 km)


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From Kolhapur to Shimoga (403 km)


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