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Shimoga is a town in Karnataka State. The name is a corrupted form of Shiva-mukha i.e., face of Lord Shiva. In 2006, the local government renamed Shimoga as Shivamogga.


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The list is huge: Lion and Tiger Safari is around 11 km from city bus stand on the way to Sagar town. This place comprises of a zoo and animals in the wild. You can see animals like lion, tigers (which are in plenty), and deer. You have buses which are well covered which takes you into the wild every 30 mins. All cameras are allowed at a cost of ₹150-400 depending on the type. The zoo is also great, highlights being cheetah, bear and peacocks. Gajnur dam which is around 10 km from city center. Jog falls Jog Falls is about 101 km from Shimoga, water falls down in four different streams named as Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer. Thirthalli, a small laid-back taluk headquarters. Agumbe, the 'Cheerapunji of Karnataka' gets the state's highest rainfall, is around 2 hours away from Shimoga, is an amazing village known for its forest resource, sunset spots, trekking passes, lakes, mountains. This one is a must see. Linganamakki dam, very close to Jog Falls. Kodachadri, A glorious and enchanting mountain provides the perfect escape from the hectic pace of the hum drum of everyday life. Paradise for trekkers, the place attracts lot of trekkers around Karnataka state. Kodachadri is situated at 435 m (1411 ft) above sea level and 115 km from Shimoga city. A beatific hill abode that overlooks the panoramic Western Ghats. It is clothed with splendid evergreen forests. The first portion of the hill is very steep and difficult to ascend. On the west, the hill descends almost perpendicular for about 1300 m (4026 ft), meeting the South Kanara forests that lie below. The sea appears quite close, and on clear day, you can also see the ships go by. The famous temple town of Kollur is 12 km away. The steep hills challenge the trekkers for an adventurous trekking experience. If you want to stay you can go to Kalyani Chowka in Nittur and from there to Nisarga Dhaama. Manjanna always will be their for your help. Shivappanayaka's fort at Nagara. Sharavathi Wild Life Sanctuary. Kavaledurga - Fort of Shivappanayaka very close to Thirthahalli. Elephant Training Camp-Sakrebayalu. On the way to Thirthahalli from Shimoga, 14 km away from the city you can hear elephants reciting their lessons. Yes its not a joke, its a fact that here you can find many elephants being tamed by professionals, for log lifting and other such work. Elephants from the adjoining forests bathe at this spot, before they re-enter their forest abode. Every morning these majestic creatures waddle down to the waters and after playfully cleansed their bodies and having satiated their thirst, they leave the waters before the rays of the sun get stronger. They are off to deal with their day's routine, only to return the following day. To catch a glimpse of these mammoths at play in the waters, get there before 9AM.  Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary. 32 km from Shimoga city on the way to Thirthahalli you can hear the birds tweeting. This place is picnic spot for birds migrating from far places around the world. The place is surrounded by dense lush green forest and the flow of river Tunga has created a small island which adds to the beauty. The dense trees on the island provides shelter to migrating birds. Birds like Egrets, Bellakki Cormorant, Darter, Snake bird etc immigrate from different parts of the world during may season for breeding A high platform is built on the edge of river Tunga for bird watching. Boats are available for a closer watch.  Guduvi Bird Sanctuary. This bird sanctuary is unique for many reasons but is the only sanctuary located in the midst of dense forest. Guduvi is one of the 5 famous bird sanctuaries of Karnataka. The place is 16 km from Soraba taluka of Shimoga district. This bird sanctuary is spread over an area of 73.68 ha. As per 1993 survey, it is told that 191 varieties of birds are found at this place. A natural lake and the trees gives shelter to this birds. Some important birds found are White Pebis, Stone Bill, Egret, Cormorant, Snake bird, Heron. Different birds immigrate from other parts of the world in different seasons for breeding. A platform is built for a closer look of birds.  Honnemaradu. Honnemaradu, a small town alongside a reservoir, is tucked away in the lush greenery of the Western Ghats along the Sharavati backwaters near Sagar. Encompassing an area of 50 km by 80 km, this reservoir stretches as far as the eye can see. Honnemaradu or “Golden Lake” has some of the most spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. Deep in a forest, without the slightest trace of civilisation, Honnemaradu is a haven for die-hard outdoors fanatics as well as those who want a complete break from the city. Hiking is permitted along roads only, and boats are available with a hired guide. Honnemaradu is 8km outside of Talaguppa. Some of the water sports activities here include coracling, canoeing, kayaking and wind rafting. There are many travel groups who organizes island camping and water sports.  Nagara. A 16th-century place situated 84 km from Shimoga. This was also known as "Beendanoor" in the 16th century. This place was also capital of Keladi rulers and later on was captured by Hyder Ali. Other places of interest are Shivappanaika palace, Neelakenteshwara temple, Devagana tank and Gudde Venkataramana Swamy temple.  Shivappa Nayak Palace Shivappa Naik Palace. Situated on the banks of River Tunga in the busy lanes of Shimoga city. A 16th-century place built by Shivappa Naik of Keladi. A good architectural piece built with rose wood. The palace is equipped with museum which has several interesting and rare archaeological collections of stone carvings and antiques of Keladi period. Recovered idols of Hoysala and Chalukya period from the early 16th century to late 18th century are displayed here.  Sacred Heart Church. Situated in the heart of city. The church renovated and said to be second largest church in India with an area of 1800 m² (18000 square feet). Also equipped with a prayer hall with a capacity to hold 5000 people at a time.  Bhadravathi. Bhadravathi, a town in the South Indian state of Karnataka, is about 20 km from Shimoga. There are many buses to this place and also many taxis available. Lakshmi Narasimha temple built by Hoysalas in the 13th century is located in Bhadravathi. This beautiful Hoysala architecture temple is maintained by the Archaeological Department of the Karnataka state. This temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha (incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Bhadravathi is around 20 km from Shimoga in Karnataka. Bhadravathi is also known as steel town as there is one huge steel factory called Vishweshwaraya Iron and Steel Limited (VISL), earlier known as Mysore Iron and Steel Limited. There is a Dam called Bhadra River Project (BRP) which is located 15 km from Bhadravathi. It is a very beautiful sunset point.  kuppalli. Birthplace of renowned Kannada poet Kuvempu (Jnanapitha award winner). 18 km from Thirthahalii, it is a must-see place for its natural surroundings and well-kept house of Malnad architecture.  Ambuthirtha (Via Thirthahalii to hosanagara route). 1/2. Birthplace of River Sharavathi. This river forms a beautiful waterfall at Jog. Sharavathi River is the major source of hydro electric power in Karnataka. 12.  Sri Sigandur Chaudamma temple. The Chaudamma/Chaudeshwari temple in Sigandur in Sagara Taluk. Of note is the "launch" which is used to get across the backwaters of the Sharavathi river. This launch also transports vehicles - including cars and buses and also people.