Steeped in rich heritage and culture, Shimoga also known as ‘Shivamogga’ is a wonderful place filled with mystical temples, picturesque landscape, lush greenery and waterfalls. Four rivers namely Kumudvathi, Tungabhadra, Varada and Sharavathi flows through this quaint city. Shimoga tour packages boasts of the second highest plunge waterfall in India - Jog Falls, Gersoppa Falls or Jog Falls. Located on the border of the city, the Jog Falls offers a spell-binding view and undoubtedly, one of the most popular tourism destinations in Karnataka and across India.
The majestic waterfalls are best viewed during monsoon. For tourists wanting to stay close to the falls and bask in its surroundings, there are many accommodation options available such as luxury hotels, mid-range and low range hotels, government run tourist homes inspection bungalows and forestry department bungalows. For trek lovers, there is the spectacular Kodachadri Mountain Peak that offers winsome view of the city and Western Ghats. A trek through Kodachadri will get you close to dense forest covers that are generously sprinkled with varied diverse flora and fauna.
Other tourism destinations worthy stopping by are Hidlumane Falls, Mattur Lake, Kudajadri Hills, Nagara Fort and Gajanur Dam. For wildlife enthusiasts, the city has plenty to offer. Tourists can visit Sakrebailu Elephant Camp and watch the daily activity of the four-legged creatures. Have a ride, watch the elephants bathing or simply capture them on your lens. For an exciting tiger and lion safari, visiting Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Reserve is the best option. If you are looking for a serene and scenic location in Shimoga, head over to Sharavati River. Boat rides are popular to explore the river and surroundings. The backwaters of the river are famous among travellers for water sports such as canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. The best time to visit Shimoga is between the months of October and March as the weather is said to be favourable. Opt for Shimoga tour packages at this time.
Popular Shimoga Tour Packages
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People Also Ask About Shimoga Tours
Which are the most adventurous trekking tours in Shimoga?
Some of the most popular trekking destinations are Kodachadri Hills, Sharavathi Valley, Narasimha Parvatha near Agumbe and Kundadri peak. Kundadri Peak which is located 80 km from Shimoga and around 20 km from Thirthahalli has easy terrains making it ideal for beginners. The highlight of this trek is a 17th century Jain Temple located at the Kundadri hilltop. For moderate and difficult trekking, hiking to Kodachadri Hills is ideal. The peak is situated at a height of 1343 metres. The rugged terrains and fascinating scenic views make the trekking adventurous and exciting. One can reach the hills through various trails. While trails like Karekatte are simple and takes one through ascending forests and grasslands, others like Marakuttaka via Hidlumane falls and Sampekatte can prove a little difficult with steep and rough terrains. Trekking to Narasimha Parvatha is equally adventurous and challenging.
Can I do a Kodachadri peak trekking tour in Shimoga? Is it a difficult trek?
A trip to Shimoga is incomplete without trekking to Kodachadri peak. Located amidst the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Kodachadri is considered as the tallest peak in the state. The trek level is moderate and not very difficult unless one is visiting during monsoon season when the terrains can be get slippery, if it over rains . It takes approximately 4-5 hours to reach the top of the peak and one can catch a glimpse of dense forests, beautiful waterfalls, jungle trails and picturesque landscapes along the trekking route. The best time to trek to Kodachadri is between October to February as the weather is suited for hiking.
Which are the best kayaking tours in Shimoga?
Located along the backwaters of River Sharavathi, Honnemardu is haven for kayakers and one of the best places in Shimoga for kayaking. Water sport lovers can also try their hand at canoeing, rafting, wind surfing, coracling and swimming at Honnemardu. These activities are good for people of all ages. Kayaking is a little different experience here as the kayaks are round and cannot travel very far. It is recommended to try out kayaking under the guidance of an experienced guide. October to March is suited for kayaking and watersports at Shimoga.
Which are the best elephant camping tours in Shimoga?
Situated at a distance of 14 km from Shimoga on the Shimoga-Thirthahalli Road, Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is one of the best place to watch the elephants, bathe them and go on an elephant ride. One can also play games with elephants such as football, cricket and the place is a perfect destination to visit with friends and family. Maintained by the Karnataka forest department, the camp is situated in the vicinity of River Tunga. On the way one can visit the popular tourism destination of Shimoga , Gajanur Dam. Besides watching the gentle giants, one can also indulge in eco-activities such as bird watching, trekking and herbal garden visit at the Elephant camp. The camp has cottages and dormitory for tourists who want to stay for a longer duration.
Which are the best rainforest exploration tours in Shimoga?
Agumbe , a small village located in Shimoga is one of the best place to explore the rainforest. Sprawling across the Western Ghats beautifully, the rainforests at Agumbe is a haven to exotic species of mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Known as the Cherrapunji of South India, Agumbe has thick forest canopy and streams, making it a paradise for adventure lovers. There are beautiful homestays and resorts located nearby that offers exciting rainforest exploration tours within Agumbe. Kodachadri peaks is another place boasting of thick rainforest and different species of flora and fauna.
What are the top attractions on a sightseeing tour in Shimoga?
Jog Falls, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Tyavarekoppa, Shivappanaika Palace Museum and Madhugiri Fort are some of the top tourism attractions in Shimoga. Jog Falls, is best when visited during and after the monsoon season. There are more than 40 tourist places, which can be explored by travellers while in Shimoga. The local attractions can be visited any time of the day or even in night. To experience a spiritual journey, head over to the religious attractions such as Sri Raghvendra Swamy temple, Balligavi Kedaresvaratemple and Ikkeri Aghoreshwara temple. The best season or months to visit tourism destinations are February, March, October, November and December.
Which are the most romantic things to do on a honeymoon in Shimoga?
Jeep trek through the muddy pathways and walk along the Kodachadri hills. As you reach the top, you can watch the flying clouds. A trip to Kodachadri is incomplete without watching the glorious sunset. One of the most romantic places in Shimoga, Kodachadri is a favourite among trekkers and couples. If this does not seem enticing, then take a boat ride along the picturesque Sharavati River and wind up your day with the candle light dinner.