14 attractions you should visit in Shimoga - With photos & details

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Top 14 attractions to explore in Shimoga

Home for the tallest waterfall in Asia

AgumbeAgumbe, Karnataka, India
1 Day Treks
Off-road Spots
Hill Stations

A settlement nestled in the thickly forested Malenadu region of the Western Ghats mountain range. Owing to its high rainfall, it is referred to as "The Cherrarapunji of the south". Agumbe is associated with rainforest conservation efforts, documentation of medicinal plants, trekking, and photography. There is also a sanctuary for King Cobra here.

Barkana fallsBarkana falls, Agumbe, Karnataka 577411
Waterfalls
1 Day Treks
Forests

One of the ten highest waterfalls in India. Formed by River Seetha River, the waterfall offers most amazing views during the rainy season.

Bhadra DamLakkavalli Dam, Vadiyuru, Karnataka 577115, India
Dams
1 Day Treks
Forests
Wildlife Sanctuaries

Bhadra dam a  wildlife sanctuary and tourist destination which is located on Bhadra river, a tributary of Thungabadra river

Dabbe FallsKunjuvalli, Kanapagaru, Karnataka 581384, India
Waterfalls
Viewpoints
1 Day Treks
Forests
Wildlife Sanctuaries

Nestled within the lush green folds of Saravathi wildlife sanctuary, it is a storied waterfall reachable through picturesque trails.

Gudavi Bird SanctuaryUnnamed Road,, Gudavi, Karnataka 577429, India
Bird Sanctuaries

217 diffrent rare species fo birds belonging to 48 families are found at this place.

Hidlumane WaterfallsKodachadri road,Hosanagara, Kattinahole, Karnataka 577452, India
Waterfalls
1 Day Treks
Forests

Accessed by hiking, this is a series of six cascading waterfalls hidden from one other. The trek from the first fall to the 6th fall includes steeper trek that runs through forest, water, and rocks.

Jog FallsJog Falls, Karnataka
Waterfalls
Short Hikes

Created by the Sharavathi River dropping 253 meters (830 ft), making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India after the Nohkalikai Falls with a drop of 335 meters (1100 ft) in Meghalaya.

Kodachadri HillKodachadri Hill, Karnataka 577452
Viewpoints
Grasslands
1 Day Treks
Forests

13th highest peak of Karnataka state. Surrounded by dense forests and breathtaking views, it is a major attraction for hikers. At the top of the peak stands a stone-built temple dedicated to Adi Shankara.

Kundadri HillsKundadri Ghat, Kundadri, Karnataka 577424, India
Viewpoints
Grasslands
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks
Forests

A mountain peak crowning dense forests. There is a Jain Temple at the top of the mountain, and two small ponds formed by the rock on one side of this temple provided water to earlier sages.

Linganamakki ReservoirLinganamakki Reservoir, Karnataka
Viewpoints
Dams

Spread across the river Sharavathi, it is one of the major dams of Karnataka with a length of 2.4 kilometers. Connected by canals, the reservoir gets it's water from nearby Chakra and Savahaklu reservoirs and from rainfall in the region.

Mandagadde Bird SanctuaryNational Highway 13, Mandagadde, Karnataka 577220, India
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Islands
Forests
Bird Sanctuaries
Boating Spots

One of the 20 important sanctuaries in India. The sanctuary is situated on an island that spans an area of 1.14 acres and it is surrounded by forest and river Tunga. Over 5,000 birds here during the peak season from July to September, boating can be taken for closer viewing of the nesting birds.

Onake Abbi FallsSH1, Agumbe, Karnataka 576112, India
Waterfalls
1 Day Treks

Towering waterfall dropping from a high rock cliff. Hike for about 1.5 hours to reach the falls. Water drops from over 200 feet into a pool.

Sharavati Valley Wildlife SanctuaryAralagodu To Kanchikai Temple Road, Halethota, Karnataka 577421, India
1 Day Treks
Mountain Peaks
Forests
Wildlife Sanctuaries

Spread over an area of 431.23 km2, it has dense evergreen and semi-evergreen forests. The sanctuary is a refuge of the endangered lion-tailed macaque.

Shivappa Nayaka PalaceShivappa Nayaka Palace, SPM Rd, KR Puram, Shivamogga, Karnataka 577202, India
Monuments
Palaces
Museums

A Government museum, a protected monument, historically important place named after the 17th century King Shivappa Nayaka of Keladi Nayaka dynasty

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