Shimoga, presently known as Shivamogga, is the administrative headquarters of Shimoga district. Scenic hills, valleys, water bodies, dense forests, flora and fauna, forts, temples and historical places adorn Shimoga, making it a perfect tourist destination.
Shimoga district covers an area of about 10548 sq. kms. The western part of the district has superb tropical forests and some very pretty hilly areas. The eastern region is less dense but has several lakes and river valleys. The traveller to this district can enjoy trekking on the challenging landscape and visit to the historically rich spots.
The region has a long and colourful history dating back to the 3rd century AD when it was under the control of Satavahana dynasty.
Shimoga (meaning Face of Shiva), established by the Keladi rulers, enjoyed its golden days during the rule of Shivappa Nayaka in around 1600 AD.
In 1881, two early stone-age tools were discovered in a Shingle bed at Nyamati, at a short distance from the Tungabhadra river. They were bi-facial pebble tools made of quartzite, one with a rounded working edge and the other with a pointed working edge. Some Neolithic sites were noticed and also uncovered.
Kadambas, Gangas, Chalukyas, Rastrakutas and Vijayanagar Kings ruled this region. The Keladi Nayakas was the most important ruler among the ruling families. Shimoga became famous all over the world. 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.
Air: The nearest airport is the Mangalore Airport (200 km).
Rail: Shimoga is connected by rail to Bangalore, Mysore and Hubli.
Road: Shimoga is well-connected by a network of roads to all major cities and towns of Karnataka, and important cities of nearby states.
Enjoy a comfortable stay while on a Tour to Shimoga at the hotels in Shimoga, offering a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity. Some of the major hotels in Shimoga are, Jewel Rock Hotel, Hotel Navarathna International, Sundar Ashraya, Hotel Mathura Residency, etc.
Sundar Ashraya, Boarding & Lodging, NT Road.
RN & Co., Shimoga.
Hotel Chandrika, BH Road, Shimoga.
PWD Inspection Bungalow And PWD Guest House.
Sâgara is a town located in the district of Shimoga of the Indian state of Karnataka. Located within the Western Ghats range, it is known for its proximity to Jog Falls and to the historical places of Ikkeri and Keladi. Varadamoola, the origin of the river Varada, is also near Sagara.
Sagara is surrounded by water bodies and forest regions. The Varada river serves the people in this region with its springs. A dam is constructed on it that provides the basic water requirements of the town. Apart from this, there are a lot of historical places surrounding the town. Being surrounded by the western ghats, Sagara attracts nature lovers.
Sirsi is a popular and small town located in Uttara Kannada district. Sirsi is surrounded with picturesque thick deciduous forest and the region is popular for a large number of waterfalls.
The 16th century Marikamba temple in Sirsi is main attraction and it is one of the important seats of shakti worship in Karnataka. Sri Marikamba Temple houses a huge idol of Goddess, which is about seven feet tall.
As per the legend, the image of the deity was found in a pond on the outskirts of the town and with the consent of Sadashiva Rao II, the then king of Sonda, it was installed in 1611.
Air: Nearest Airport is in Hubli. Hubli is connected to Bangaluru and Mumbai by air.
Rail: Nearest railhead is at Kumta. Kumta is 58 km from Sirsi. Kumta is situated on Konkan Railway line connecting Mangalooru to Mumbai. Major railhead is Hubli, which is the Zonal Head quarters of South Western Railways.
Road: Sirsi is linked to other parts of the state many state highways. Sirsi linked to neighbouring district head quarters of Dharwad, Udupi, Haveri, Belagaon, Shimoga. The state corporation has a very good network of buses to all major cities/towns in Karnataka and Maharashtra. VRL (www.vrllogistics.com) and Sugama Transport are the 2 major private bus operators.
The small hamlet of Siddapur lies in the Malnad region at an average elevation of 564 m. Situated within the Western ghats with the River Cauvery flowing on one side and the Dubare Reserve Forest on the other side.
Originally called Siddhapura, meaning the “Place of Divine”, Siddapur is known for its coffee estates, lush forests and hilly terrain. An ideal destination for trekkers, Siddapur is surrounded by plantations of cardamom, pepper, vanilla, pineapples, Arecanut (supari) and the jasmine.
Air: Nearest airport is Hubli, which is 130 km away from Siddapur. Major airport nearby is Mangalore Bajpe airport, which is nearly 190 km away. Mangalore airport is connected to many cities India. Regular flights are available from Mangalore to Bangalore. Taxi services are available from Mangalore to Siddapur costing about Rs 4000.
Rail: Nearest railhead is Talguppa which is about 15 km away from Siddapur. The major railway station nearby is Mysore, 90 km away from Siddapur. Taxi facility is available form Mysore to Siddapur, costing about Rs 2000.
Road: KSRTC buses connect all major cities in Karnataka with Siddapur. Volvo bus services are available from Bangalore to Siddapur, which is about 220 km. Bus fare is about Rs 750.
Shivanasamudra is a small town in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka. The Shivanasamudra Falls is on the Kaveri River after the river has wound its way through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau and drops off to form waterfalls. The island town of Shivanasamudra divides the river into twin waterfalls. This creates the fourth largest island in the rivers course. A group of ancient temples are located here and there likely was a village.
Shivnasamudra which literally means “Shiva’s Sea” is a little hamlet situated amidst nature and is poupularly called as Bluff. Here the River Cauvery falls from a height in a deep rocky gorge in the form of two waterfalls collectively called as Shivanasamudra Falls which are the second highest waterfalls in India.
Air: The nearest airport is Bangalore international airport which is nearly 130 km away from Shivanasamundram. Bangalore is well connected to most of the airports in India and also is connected to many important cities abroad. Call taxi facilities and A/C tourist taxi facilities are available from Bangalore airport to Shivanasamndram. Call taxi charges about Rs 1200 and A/C tourist taxi charges about Rs 2000.
On your way to Shivanasamudram via Bangalore Mysore Expressway, you''ll pass through Channapatna, the town famous for wooden toys.
Accommodation here is limited to the Georgia Sunshine Village, with its homely and charming four cottage located on the estate of the Hatherell family.
Fishing: One can go out for fishing in Shivasamundram waterfalls, which is a paradise for travelers. The fishing locations in Shivasamundram are popular as home to the great 'Mahseer', the finest and the biggest tropical sporting fish known to man.
Other place here suitable for fishing is Georgia Sunshine village located in Shivanasamudram shirking the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. A large number of fascinating water birds are attracted towards the tanks connected to the canals. These water bodies, teaming with various varieties of fish such as carp, snake fish, small masher and many such kinds, provide a nice opportunity for tourists to have fun fishing.
Trekking: Trekking through the banks of the most majestic and sacred river of South India - the Cauvery, meandering through the woody landscape amidst the forests of Karnataka, is an excellent experience for any of the trekkers. The river offers both adventure and opportunity for nature lovers.
Trekking is enjoyed in the rugged terrains covering Kaveri basins and around. This place is as isolated, rocky and as primitive as any place could be. An adventurous trekker can reach Georgia Sunshine Village, to have physically challenging treks, in the shrub jungles among tedious hills converged with farmlands of coconut and other seasonal crops. This very rugged terrain makes it a true paradise for the adventurous trekker.
Srirangapatna is a historic city 13 kms from Mysore with huge cultural, religious and historic heritage. Srirangapatna looking like an island surrounded by Cauvery river - was the capital of the warrior kings Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan – The tiger of Mysore.
Srirangapatna was the former capital of Mysore State when it was ruled by Hyder Ali, and later his son Tipu Sultan. Situated 13 kms from Mysore, Srirangapatna has great religious, cultural and historic importance. It was founded in 894 AD by chieftain Thirumalain.
Locate on an island carved out by the Cauvery River, Srirangapatna is sprinkled with temples, palaces and mosques all of which have a tale to tell. The sacred Paschima Vahini section of the Cauvery also flows through the town.
Srirangapatna has a history dating back to the Vijayanagar Empire when it was the seat of power for an important viceroyalty and from where Mysore, Talakad and other provinces were controlled. With the decline of the Vijayanagar empire, Srirangapatna came under the control of Raja Wodeyar. As Mysore didn't have a fort of its own, the fort at Srirangapatna became the defacto last line of defence for the Mysore State during times of war.
When Tipu Sultan ("The Tiger of Mysore") took control of Mysore, Srirangpatna became his capital. In 1799, Tipu Sultan died in his fort in battle against British forces. Much of the town and the royal treasures were plundered by the British. Following their victory, the capital of Mysore State was shifted to Mysore.
Air: Mysore domestic airport is the nearest air terminal, which is nearly 14 km away from Srirangapatnam. Taxi facilities are available in the airport and taxi fare is about Rs 300 from Mysore to Srinrangapatna. Bangalore is the nearest international airport which is at a distance of 140 km away from Mysore. There are regular flights to Bangalore from all the major cities in India. Bangalore is connected to many international cities as well. Taxi services are available from Bangalore to Srirangapatna which costs about Rs 3000.
Rail: Mysore railway station is the nearest railhead to Srirangapatna. Mysore is connected to Bangalore, which is 140 km away. Bangalore is well connected to all the other cities in India. Taxi services are available from Bangalore to Srirangapatna which costs about Rs 3000.
Road: There are excellent bus services provided by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation connecting Srirangapatna to other nearby cities. Vanities of tourist buses, A/C, super fast and Deluxe Volvo buses, are available from Bangalore to Srirangapatna and fare is about Rs 4 to 5 per km.
The Karnataka State Tourist Development runs a hotel, which is located on the riverbank. There is also a traveler's bungalow operated by the Public Works Department.
Sringeri, one of the most revered holy towns in South India, is located on the banks of Tunga River. The town is in Chikmagalur village in Karnataka. Sringeri has got it name from the epic character Rishyasringa who figures in Ramayana.
It is a bustling city with the presence of world renowned Sri Sarada Samsthanam (Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham) established in 7th century by Saint Adi Sankaracharya. Adi Sankaracharya, the great exponent of Advaita Vedanta philosophy, had established his first monastery in Sringeri. This is regarded one of the Shakthi Sthalas in India. It is first Mutt out of the original four Sankara Ashrams in India.
According to legend, Sringeri was discovered by Sri Sankaracharya. While Adi Shankaracharya was walking by the Tunga river, he saw a cobra with a raised hood, providing shadow from the scorching rays of the hot sun, to a frog about to spawn. Impressed with the place where natural enemies had gone beyond their instincts, he selected this place and decided to stay here and teach his disciples and stayed here for twelve years.
Air: The nearest Airport to Sringeri is Mangalore International Airport Bajpe, which is at a distance of about 100 km away. There are domestic flights operated from Mangalore to many major cities in South India. Pre-paid taxis are available from airport to Sringeri, taxis will charge about Rs 1,300 to cover about 100 km.
Rail: Nearest railhead is at Udupi, which is connected by rail to Chiknagalur and other major cities in south India. Taxicabs are available from Udupi to Sringeri and it charges less than Rs 1,000.
Road: Government bus services connect Sringeri with all cities in and around the city. Sringeri is well connected by bus to Bangalore, Chikmagalur, Udupi, Mangalore and Shimoga.
Enjoy a comfortable stay while on a Tour to Sringeri at the hotels in Sringeri, offering a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity. Some of the major hotels in Sringeri are Travelers' Bungalow, Temple Guest House, P.W.D. Guest House, etc.
Sravanabelagola, a renowned Jain pilgrimage center, is revered as a holy place. It is located in the Hassan District of Karnataka state. There is a beautiful in the heart of the town. The name Sravanabelagola is derived from this. In Kannada, belagola means white pond. There are two picturesque hills in this town, namely Chandragiri (Chikkabetta) and Vindyagiri. It is believed that Bhadrabahu Swami and his disciple King Chandragupta Maurya meditated in these hills.
The prime attraction in this place is the Bahubali statue, world's tallest monolithic statue of the Jain Saint Lord Gomateswara. This 17 m ( 57 ft) tall statue is the real specimen of architectural and sculptural mastery under famous Gangas of Talakad. It has many religious inscriptions carved on the outer surface.
Air: The nearest airport to Sravanabelagola is Bangalore International airport. It is at a distance of about 170 km away. Taxi services are available from Bangalore airport to Sravanabelagola. Taxi fare is about Rs. 2000. Bangalore is well air connected to all major airports in India and many airports in abroad.
Rail: Nearest railhead is at Hassan and is located about 52 km from the heart of Sravanabelagola. Hassan is a major railhead and is well connected to other cities in the South India. Taxi services are available from Hassn to Sravanabelagola for a charge of about Rs. 800.
Road: KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses operate between Shravanabelagola and other major cities in the state. Private luxury buses are available from Bangalore to Sravanabelagola (160 km).