Shimoga, officially renamed as Shivamogga is a small city in the state of Karnataka. The cultural capital of Karnataka, Shimoga, is situated on the banks of Tunga River. Shimoga is located at a distance of 200 km from Mangalore (200 Km) and about 274 kms aways from Bangalore. The city offers visitors a number of options to indulge in adventure and fun activities. No wonder, the place is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Karnataka.
Here are the 7 things to do when in Shimoga:
Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari – Wildlife lovers can not afford to miss this opportunity. When in Shimoga a trip to Tyavarekoppa lion and tiger safari is a must. Located about 10 kms from Shimoga, the Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari offers you an opportunity to get a glimpse of wild animals around the forest. The forest is spread over 200 hectares of land and the jeep safaris are organized by the forest department that allow visitors to watch tigers, lions, sloth bear, deer, leopards and many other wild animals. The safari is open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 2:15 pm to 5:00 pm on all days of the week, except Tuesdays and the National Holidays.
A visit to Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary – Located about 30 kms away from Shimoga, Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is an apt place for bird watching. At Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary you can spot different exotic species of birds and migratory birds. Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is spread across 1.14 acres of land and surrounded by dense forests, the place is home to bird species like Median Egret, Darter, Little Cormonant, and many others. The Sanctuary is open from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm everyday.
Boating in the Tunga Anicut Dam – Shimoga city is located on the banks of River Tunga. The Tunga Anicut Dam is located about 12 kms away from the city. The dam is surrounded by teak jungles and paddy fields. It is a popular spot for picnics. Visitors can enjoy boat rides, scenic beauty and serene atmosphere surrounding the atmosphere.
A visit to the mesmerizing Jog Falls – Jog Falls is one of the most spectacular tourist destination in Karnataka. It is the highest waterfall in Karnataka and second highest in India. Jog Falls are located about 100 kms from Shimoga. The waterfall, created by River Saravathi, plummets from a height of 829 feet. It is a pleasure to watch the four magnificent cascades namely Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket.
Trip to Sakrebailu Elephant Camp – The Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is located about 14 kms from Shimoga and houses a number of elephants. Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is a training camp where trained mahouts train these elephants. The best to watch is elephants taking bath and playing is the Tunga River water.
Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary – The Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of wild animals like sloth bear, spotted dear, elephant, tiger, jackal, wild dog, langur, etc. Several species of birds like Kingfishers, Hornbills, Babbler, Partridges and Woodpeckers can be seen in this sanctuary. Reptiles like the king cobra, python, crocodile and others are also housed in this sanctuary.
Visit to Honnemardu Village – Honnemardu is a small village located on the way to Jog Falls. Honnemardu is a popular destination for adventure lovers. You can take part in a variety of adventure and water sports activities. These activities are good for people in all age groups. These adventure activities include hiking, camping, canoeing, coracle rides, wind surfing, kayaking and a host of other thrilling activities.