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An Unexplored Hill station:

A beautiful city located along the banks of the Tunga river in central Karnataka is Shimoga. For a travel enthusiast, Shimoga has many a gem to offer, including sparkling waterfalls, lush green forests, scenic landscapes, lofty mountain peaks, and architectural splendor.

The Sahyadri ranges, a part of the Western Ghats, sustain the waterways around the year and immerse the prolific alluvial soil, with gifts from nature make it the bread provider of Karnataka. Shimoga can be named as 'Heaven on earth’ in India as it is comprised of breathtaking views from the hills and hillocks, refreshing waterfalls with calm and peaceful weather among the other things to do in Shimoga, nature is surely one of the picturesque blisses of the place. The serenity here attracts many tourists to this city. Visit this wonderful city with your beloved or with your family as it a perfect tourist destination for all.

Jog Falls :

One of the most sought-after attractions and natural wonders in the region, Jog Falls is located nearly 100 km from Shimoga town. Lying in Sagara, it is the 11th highest waterfall in India created by the Sharavathi River. The fall plunges from an elevation of 253 m and pours in four parts namely Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket. A 30 minutes walk will take you to the bottom of the fall and at Watkin's platform, you can admire the spell-binding views of the surroundings.

Shivgange Falls :

Shivganga Falls located near Sirsi in Shimoga in the state of Karnataka is a haven for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. Swimming is allowed here. The water cascading down several cliffs amidst dense woods and plenteous vegetation is also a popular trekking spot. The falls are not accessible by road but rather by trek only, which brings the element of adventure here.

Kunchikal Falls :

The Highest Waterfall in located near the Masthikatte-Hulikal on the Shimoga -Udupi border in Karnataka. The waterfall from a height of 455 meters in a cascading form on these rocky boulders giving an impressive sight. The Kunchikal waterfalls rank 116th in height in the world and India’s highest waterfall.

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary :

A Sanctuary by the Side of a Lake: A haven for avid bird watchers, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is home to around 48 species of migratory birds including white ibis, Indian shag, little grebe, little cormorant, and others. The sanctuary is located on the banks of Gudvi lake and is spread across an area of about 0.75 sq km. The beauty and rich biodiversity of this place attract tourists from near and far. The best time to visit the Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is between June and December. During this period, you can spot numerous species of birds. This sanctuary is one of the most visited tourist spots in Shimoga.

Kodachadri-Trek :

The peak is also home to a stunning range of Biodiversity such as Malabar Langoor, Malabar Pied Hornbill, and Indian Rock Python among many others. On the Kodachadri Trekking experience, you can experience the best of what this land of the varied beauties of nature has to offer and experience the serene environment with camping right in the middle of the woods.

Dabbe falls :

The pristine dabbe falls located amidst green surroundings with the rich diversity of flora and fauna is a must-visit tourist spot in Shimoga. The crystalline water gushes down the cliff from a height of 110 meters. The sound of the fall, serene landscapes, and cool breeze will overwhelm your senses. The stunning trek to the foot of the stream through forests and beautiful surroundings attracts tourists from around the country throughout the year.

Agumbe(Barkana waterfalls) :

Agumbe is a small tranquil village in Shimoga surrounded by verdant hills and dense rainforests. This pretty town is full of amazing trekking trails and stunning waterfalls. The spellbinding views of the sunset over the Arabian Sea will delight you to the core. Agumbe is titled “cherrapunji of the south” because it receives the highest rainfall in southern India.

How to reach Shimoga:

From the state capital Bangalore, Shimoga can be reached on road by on NH-206. KSRTC, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, runs several buses from Bangalore, including Hitech and night services. Shimoga is around 274 km (170 mi) by road from Bangalore.

From the coastal side, Shimoga is accessible by bus or car. This route passes through Agumbe Ghat or Balebare Ghat roads. Mangalore, Sringeri, Dharmasthala, Udupi, Hubli are connected by Road to this city. Shimoga is better connected with roads from all directions and as such, it is an important bus junction.

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