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Tourist Spots of Shimoga

Shimoga has some beautiful places in and around it that has made the tourists and the local people to visit it more often. The whole city has been covered with many mountains and falls, which indeed makes the city get a cool and humid climate all around the year. This is mainly because the geographical location of this city compliments its rich greenery. The tourist places that are very nearby Shimoga can be reached easily through all types of transport. Shimoga, in spite of being a small city, has many beautiful tourist places that can cater to all the expectations of the tourists who frequent this city of tourism. Read on to know more about the famous and the most visited tourist spots in Shimoga.

Popular Waterfalls in Shimoga

Hebbe Falls

The Hebbe Falls is the most visited hill station that is located at a distance of about 70 kilometers away from Shimoga city. The water falls from a minimal height, which makes the surroundings in this place a calm one. The Hebbe Falls looks the best evening during the noontime, as the place is cool all around the day.

Hebbe Falls in Shimoga
The romantic Hebbe Falls in Shimoga is the best place to visit with your loved one

Jog Falls

Jog Falls is the second largest fall in India and it is the most visited tourist spot in the recent years. The water that flows in the Jog Falls is from the Sharavathi River. The Jog Falls is said to be in a height of about 253m and it is at a distance of about 100 kilometers from Shimoga city. The water falls down through various tracks named as Raja, Rocket, Roarer and Rani. The tourism department has constructed steps to make the tourists who visit Jog Falls to make use of it and climb the fall. One can witness the falls from top to bottom by taking the steps at the Jog Falls.

Achakanya Falls

Achakanya falls is located at a distance of about 10 Kilometers from Shimoga city and it has some eye-catching waterfalls in it. The Achakanya falls gets the water flow from the Sharavathi River.

Achakanya Falls in Shimoga
Achakanya Falls in Shimoga never fails to leave its visitors mesmerized

Vanake - Abbey Falls

Vanake Abbey Falls is situated very nearby to Shimoga and it has the best sunset point in the whole city of Shimoga. The fall is surrounded by green trees, which have made it a picnic spot in the recent years for many tourists.

Popular dams in Shimoga

Tunga Anicut Dam

Tunga Anicut Dam is located about 12 kilometers away from Shimoga city and it takes only a few minutes to reach this place. The Tunga Anicut Dam is a popular tourist spot for the local people and for the tourists who visit Shimoga. The boat ride on the lakes is an adventurous one and it is the most favorite activity done by the tourists who visit the Tunga Anicut Dam.

The dam is said to be opened from morning 10 until evening 5 and it is opened for public viewing all days in a week. There is an elephant camp very nearby the Tunga Anicut Dam and it has the camp houses that are made especially for the elephants. Morning is the best time to visit the camp house and one can witness the elephants taking bath lakeside.

Tunga Anicut Dam in Shimoga
If you are longing for an enchanting boat ride, then visiting Tunga Anicut Dam would fulfill your desire

Gajanur Dam

Gajanur Dam is situated at a distance of about 10 kilometers away from Shimoga city and it is exactly located on the way towards Thirthahalli. The Gajanur Dam is an ideal picnic spot for the local people and the tourists do visit it all around the year. As the construction work is in progress, the dam has been closed for a few months of time.


The BRP Dam is located at a distance of about 28 kilometers away from the Shimoga city. The dam has been constructed across the famous Bhadra River and it is said to be in a height of about 194 feet. The dam is surrounded by many small islands and the tourists can take a boat ride to the islands from the dam.

BRP Dam in Shimoga
The picturesque look offered by BRP Dam in Shimoga makes it one among the most visited places

Linganamakki Dam

The Linganamakki Dam is situated very nearby to the Jog Falls and it is constructed by the famous river Sharavathi. The dam is at a height of about 1819 feet above sea level and it is the main feeder for the Electric Power unit in the state of Karnataka.

Wildlife & Bird watching in Shimoga

Lion Safari

The Lion Safari is situated at a distance of about 20 kilometers away from Shimoga city. It is exactly situated at a place named as Tyavarekoppa. This place is for everyone who would love to witness different animals at one single place. The bus that rides inside this place can make the visitors witness lions, deers, tigers, peacocks and many animals living in this place.


Honnermaradu is located at a distance of about 70 kilometers away from Shimoga city. The boating at Honnemaradu is the most wanted activity and they do provide separate boats for families with instructions to ride it. The tourists can wear the life jackets and drive the boats on their own to get the real boating experience. The river that surrounds Honnemaradu is calm all around the year and one can enjoy the scenic beauties through a boat-ride.

Mandagadde bird sanctuary

Mandagadde bird sanctuary is situated at a distance of about 30 kilometers away from Shimoga city.  This bird sanctuary has got many different birds that migrated from various countries all around the world. This is the best place for wildlife photographers to witness and capture more than 5000 different kinds of birds in their lenses.

Mandagadde bird sanctuary in Shimoga
Mandagadde bird sanctuary is full with many birds that migrate from many foreign countries


Sakkarebylu is located at a distance of about 25 kilometers away from Shimoga city. This place is famous for its has got many dozens of elephants living in and around it. The tourists can witness the parades of elephants taking bath along the riverside and the ways they are trained to carry the wood logs.

Other places of interest in Shimoga


Ikkeri is located in a distance of about 76 Kilometers away from Shimoga city and one can reach it in an hour. The word Ikkeri means "two streets". Ikkeri was once the capital for the Keladi Nayakas. The palace has been built using mud and timber and it has been adorned using carvings and other false guildings. The unique conception and the mixed style of architecture can be found in Ikkeri.

Agroheswara temple in Ikkeri, Shimoga
Agoreshwara Temple located in Ikkeri, Shimoga is rich with serene beauty and ancient architecture

Balehonnur Boat Stay

Balehonnur is located at a distance of about 70 kilometers away from Shimoga city. This place offers the tourists to stay at the boat during the night. It is the best weekend getaway as the tourists can stay at the boat and they can get everything they want in the boat.

Suzlon windmills

The Suzlon windmills are situated at a distance of about 25 kilometers from the Shimoga city. The windmills are exactly situated at a place known as Savalanga. The windmill is an exciting place to spend the weekend with. There are many windmills in and around this place.

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