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Things to do in Shimoga

Shimoga is a beautiful city with many landscapes and waterfalls in and around the city. Shimoga is easily connected with the nearby tourist destinations with an efficient transport system. Shimoga is for the adventurous people who would love to explore new things. There are many such places in and around the city and the picnic spots can be used by the families to spend some good time.

There are also many dams in and around Shimoga and which should be on the must see places list as they are located in a picturesque environment. One can do many things while visiting Shimoga and if you have any plans to visit; here are some activities you can indulge in;

Visit the Holy Places in Shimoga

There are numerous places of worship found in and around this magnificent city of Shimoga. Some of the temples found here stands as fine specimens of the ancient art and architecture of the Shimogan people. These temples are rich with ancient sculptures and figurines of stone that features exquisite workmanship of the skilled artisans. The intrinsic work found on the tombs and pillars of the temple are carved by ancient sculptors, depicting the life of ancient people who lived in this region. There are many temples here, which are preferred by art buffs for its delightful architecture featured in every inch of the temple walls.

Things to do in Shimoga
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  • The Subrahmanya Temple is located nearby to the famous Tunga River is one amongst them and is highly known for the uniquely sculpted outer domes and pillars.
  • The Amruteshvara temple, which is located near River Bhadra was built during the 12th century. This temple still houses some of the rare collection of statues, despite the destruction caused by the natural calamities. This temple well reflects the ancient architecture of Hoysala and is a much preferred destination for tourists.
  • The Kedaresvara temple at the Balligavi is another well-known pilgrimage place and it also boasts of having many historical monuments that are worth visiting. Perfect time to visit to these temples is during the festive season of Shimoga.
  • The Koodli temple houses two temples of Gods Rameshwara and Narasimha. This temple was built by the grants offered by Veera Ballala III, the Hoysala King during the year 1313.

Fun Activities in Shimoga

Bird Watching in Shimoga

If you love to watch the birds, learn about their habits, find their queer traits and witness them in their natural surrounding, then you will definitely fall in love with the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary which is located at a distance of about 30 kilometers away from the Shimoga city. If you are a natural photographer who wish to capture different kinds of birds in different poses such as paddling in the water, hunting their prey or follow their mating rituals then this bird sanctuary will have loads of instances for your lens to capture.

If you are longing to spot some rare species of birds or some migratory birds then go on a memorable trip to Guduvi Bird Sanctuary and take alluring snaps of Egrets, Darter, Bellaki Cormorant and the Snakebird to your heart’s content.

Boating in Shimoga

Things to do in Shimoga
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If you wish to spend a romantic evening time with your spouse or a loved one, never miss a boat ride while in Shimoga. The Tunga Anicut Dam, located at a distance of about 12 kilometers from Shimoga is the best picnic spot. You can enjoy boat rides in the lake surrounding the dam in this city of Karnataka. The dam is open all around the year and the calm picturesque view of the lake and a refreshing boat ride will surely soothe your mind.

Try Different Cusine in Shimoga

You can find many restaurants in this city of Karnataka. The food served is really amazing and is very affordable. Whether it is Chinese, continental or the traditional Shimogan food, you can get it at all the restaurants present here. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians can enjoy a delicious platters served in the restaurants which are full of flavors and spices that make it a class apart from other cities of Karnataka. You can also taste the signature dishes of each hotel and dig spoonfuls of the popular foods of this city.

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