Shimoga, now renamed as Shivamogga,
literally means “the face of Shiva”
and is situated across the picturesque Western Ghats.
Home of many poets and writers,
Shimoga is a quaint little city that is one of the
hidden gems of Karnataka renowned for its scenic beauty.
At just 275 kilometers from Bangalore, Shimoga can be reached easily.
And once you reach, you wouldn’t want to leave.
Here are just a few reasons why Shimoga deserves a visit.
It is a slice of heaven
From being a gateway to the breathtaking Western Ghats to housing
the mighty Jog Falls, as well as Agumbe Falls
this tourist spot allures nature lovers with its lush greenery.
If you’re not one to spend some time in tranquility,
you can indulge in kayaking or
boating at the beautiful Sharavati or the Tunga River.
Up for a trek?
This place has got you covered!
Step into the grassy peaks of the mesmerizing Kodachadri
or Kundadri and catch beautiful sunsets and panoramic views of the entire city.
Where Sanskrit is still alive
At about eight kilometers from Shimoga lies the little forgotten village of Mattur.
Its uniqueness comes from the fact that this is
one of the last remaining places
in India where people continue to communicate through Sanskrit.
Spend a few hours here interacting with the friendly locals
and listening to Sanskrit being used in daily life.
It’s an experience in itself.
It teems with wildlife
Shimoga is home to the sprawling Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary,
a place which has sheltered leopards and sloth bears among other animals.
In addition to it, this city also houses the Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary
which allows you to see some really beautiful birds in their natural habitat.
So grab those binoculars and spend an hour or
two in awe of the breathtaking magnificence
of little cormorants, median egrets, darters, and snakebirds.
It is the foodie’s paradise
Shimoga is famed for its mouthwatering delicacies,
which include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
Midigayi Uppinakai (mango pickle)
and Avalakki (a special kind of beaten rice) should not be missed.
For people with a sweet tooth, Genesale, Thotadevvu,
and Halasina Hannina Kadubu are a must.
It is home to a rich history
Shimoga is home to the temple town of Keladi,
which houses the glorious Rameshwara Temple with its beautiful architecture.
The ruins of the Nagara Fort is sure to
take your breath away and in no time you will find
yourself transported back to the 16th century as you get lost in its beauty.
The uniqueness of Shimoga is endless.
Visit it now and find out why!
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