Shimoga

Shimoga is a city near the center of Karnataka state. Located in southern India adjacent to the famed Western Ghats, at a height of over 900 m (3,000 ft) above sea level, Shimoga is close to various destinations known for Nature and Wildlife. Shimoga is the gateway to exploring the rich bio-diverse Western Ghats.

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Achakanya Falls is a waterfall formed by river Sharavathi. The waterfalls is located amidst dense forests of Western Ghats. Achakanya Falls is located near Thirthahalli at around 67 Kms from Shivamogga city.

Achakanya Falls has a height of about 15 to 17 feet in two steps, the water forms a pool thereafter. The waterfall is hidden from view as it is located within the dense forest range of Western Ghats. Visitors will have to trek to reach the water falls. The trek would last around 30-45 minutes. There are no marked ways or routes to reach the waterfall. One has to either find the w...

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Agumbe, Shimoga
80 kms from Shimoga city limits

Agumbe is small villege located on a Western Ghat peak in Shimoga(Shivamogga) district. Agumbe is located at around 80 km from Shimoga(Shivamogga).

Agumbe is located in the Malnad region of Karnataka, India. It is sometimes called "The Cherrapunji of the South" after Cherrapunji, in Northeast India because Agumbe place receives the highest rainfall in South India.

This is a famous place for viewing sunset from this top of hill. The place finds its attraction at the time of sunset, the sun sets with different hues, colors, shapes.

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Ambuthirtha
69 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Ambutheertha or Ambuthirtha is mountain and a religious site located in Shimoga(Shivamogga), Karnataka. Amhuthirtha is loacted at Thirthalli, at a distance of 69 Kms from Shimoga.

Ambutheertha is a tranquil, beautiful place about 15 km north-west of Theerthahalli Town. The Sharavathi River originates here and consequently a Shiva linga is placed in the vicinity.

Ambutheertha's history is part of a legend from the epic Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Rama pierced the earth with his arrow (ambu) to obtain water to satiate his wife Sita's thirst. This resulted in the na...

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The Amruteshvara(Amrutesvara or Amruteshwara) temple, is a historic Hindu temple complex located in the village of Amruthapura, at a distance of 45 Kms from Shimoga city.

The Amruteshvara temple was built in 1196 C. E. by Amrutheshwara Dandanayaka under Hoysala King Veera Ballala II. The temple is a built according to Hoysala architecture with a wide open hall(mantapa ). The temple has an original outer wall with enique equally spaced circular carvings. The temple has one shrine and tower and has a closed mantapa (hall) that connects the sanctum to the large open mantapa.
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Barkana Falls is a waterfall formed by river Seetha. The waterfalls is located amidst dense forests of Western Ghats. It is located at a distance of around 98 Kms from Shimoga.

Barkana Falls is one of the ten tallest plunge waterfalls in India. The waterfall has a height of about 850 ft. The name Barkana is derived from the word barka which is a reference to the Mouse Deer that is found in that region. The waterfalls also houses a view points, The Barkana View Point - which provides mesmerizing views of the surrounding western.

Barkana Falls is also an ideal destination f...

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The Bhadra Dam and the consequent Bhadra Reservoir, is located on the Bhadra River - a tributary of Tungabhadra River in Bhadravathi, Shivamogga District, Karnataka. It is located at a distance of 31 Kms from Shimoga city.

The Bhadra River flows through the Bhadra Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bhadra Reservoir is on its northern border. The sanctuary has rich avifauna such as junglefowl, red spurfowl, painted bush-quail, emerald dove, southern green imperial pigeon, great black woodpecker, Malabar parakeet and hill myna. Reptiles reported in the river and the reservo...

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Gajanur Dam, Shimoga
12 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Gajanur is a small village located at a distance of 12 Kms from Shimoga on Thirthahalli road. It is the birthplace of Kannada actor Dr Rajkumar. The Tunga River flows through the village and dam is built across the river.

Near Gajanur, at a distance of a kilometer one can find "Sakkarebaylu" which is famous for the Elephant training camp run by the government. Public entry is usually not allowed without permission from the PWD. However, visitors can move downside of dam to play in water and have bath.

Mansoon time is the best time to visit Gajanur dam. There is no rigi...

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Gudavi Lake and Bird Sanctuary
114 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is unique wildlife preserve located in the midst of dense forest at a distance of 15 km on the Banavasi Road in Gudavi in Sorab taluk of Shimoga district, about 114 Kms from Shivamogga city.

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is spread over an area of 0. 73 sq km and offers a number of exquisite bird species. Various kinds of birds migrate Gudavi for breeding in monsoon season. Gudavi Bird Sanctuary has a lake central to the region with almost all the birds living in the vicinity of this area. Visitors can walk on a path around this lake and also climb up to the top of 4 t...

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Hidlumane Falls
110 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Hidlumane Falls is a cascading waterfall located in Murudeshwara, Shivamogga district. It is located at around 110 Kms from Shimoga city.

The one at the topmost level drops down to a natural pool below. The water in this pool is not very deep and visitors can enjoy a bath in the cool water of the falls at any time of the year except the monsoon season. The Hidlumane Falls is surrounded by Western Ghats and there is dense forest cover all round.

In order to reach Hidlumane Falls, visitors will need to trek. The trek involves crossing over steep hills and dense forest. Th...

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Honnemardu
200 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Honnemardu is a small village and very popular travel destination for adventure tours. It is located at around 200 Kms from Shimoga city.

Located in the backwaters of Sharavathi river, Honnemardu is popular for adventure and water sports activities. Honnemardu offers a wide range of sports and adventure activities for the people of all age group. Honnemardu is located on the hills that overlook the Linganamakki Reservoir. This reservoir houses a small island right at the center that attracts campers and adventure goers. In addition to the adventure activities, Honnemardu is popular...

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Hulikal Ghat
97 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Hulikal is a beautiful village located in Hosanagar taluk of Shimoga district, about 97 Kms from Shivamogga city. The Hulikal Ghat is one of the best locations of Western Ghats in Karnataka.

Hulikal may now claim the title 'states wettest place' because Hulikal has recorded more rain than Agumbe, a neighboring range in the Western ghats. Many waterfalls turn up during the rainly season. The ghat has evergreen forest with thick canopy of trees. It is aided by heavy rainfall during Monsoon season starting from June to September. Visitors, in addition to witnessing the scenaries can h...

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Humcha Temples
54 kms from Shimoga city limits
History

Hombuja/Humcha is an ancient Jain Heritage Centre in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, with its history dating back to the 7th century A. D. The city was established by Jinadattaraya a devotee of Goddess Padmavati. Humcha is about 54 km from Shimoga city.

Humcha is a well-known Jain pilgrim centre. The main attraction of Humcha is the Padmavathi Amma's temple. The Panchakuta Basadi of 10th & 11th Century and Jain Mutt are other places of interest.

The best time to visit Humcha is during the months October-March. Humcha remains open to visitors during timings : 6:00 AM ...

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Jog Falls
103 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Jog falls is the second highest plunge waterfall in India located near Sagara taluk, Shimoga district, Karnataka. Jog falls is located at about 103 Kms from Shimoga city.

Jog waterfalls is the highest waterfall In the state. Also known as Gerosappa Falls or the Joga Falls, these falls are one of the most important attractions in all of South India. Jog Falls is created by the Sharavathi River dropping 253 m (830 ft). The river Sharavathi takes a spectacular leap from a height of 292 mts in 4 distinct falls, Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer.

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Jogigundi Falls, Agumbe
95 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Jogigundi Falls is a waterfalls in Agumbe situated amidst the dense forests of the Western Ghats of Karnataka. Jogigundi Falls flows out of a cave that runs through the hill. The waterfalls and the pond formed by it are named after the Saint Jogi who supposedly meditated at the site. Jogigundi Falls is located at a distance of around 95 Kms from Shivamogga.

The surroundings of the falls capture great natural beauty and visitors can spend a couple of hours amidst nature. It is possible to get into the falls and swim in the pond. The water from this stream merges into Malapahaari River...

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Kanoor Fort
145 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Kanoor Fort ,also called Keladi Kote is a historic site located in the middle of a dense forest in Sagar Taluk of Shimoga District, Karnataka. Keladi Kote is named after the Keladi dynasty that ruled this place. It is located at a distace of 142 Kms from Shivamogga.

Also known as the Keladi Kote, this fort is located in Shimoga district and is named after the Keladi dynasty that ruled this place. This Fort of Keladi dynasty was constructed by Kari Maneesena Rani Abbaka devi. The queen was exporting spices to European countries. Queen popularly called as spices queen (Sambru Mennsin...

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Kavaledurga Fort is a historical place located near Thirthahalli at a distance of 81 Kms from Shimoga city.

Kavaledurga is situated 5056 ft above sea level and the place is well known for a magnificent Fort called Kavaledurga Fort built on the hill top. In addition to it's historical importance, Kavaledurga is also an ideal trekking spot. Tousands of adventure junkies visit Kavaledurga Fort each year to partake in hiking and trekking activities.

Standing at the peak of Kavaledurga fort, visitors would get a excellent scene of that complete surrounding. Inside Kavaledurg...

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Kedareshvara temple, a historical destination is located in Belligave - at a distance of 20 Km from Shikaripura and 80 Kms from Shimoga. Belligave was the capital of Banavasi Nadu during 12th century.

The Kedareshvara temple (Kedareshwara/Kedaresvara) was an important religious in mediaval times, especially during the Chanukya's rule. The building material used is soapstone. The Hoysala Architectural style is extensively used in the complex. The temple is protected as a monument of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of India

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Kodachadri Ghat
115 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Kodachadri is a hill station located in the Western Ghats. Kodachadri is about 16 km from Nagara and 115 km from Shimoga city.

Kodachadri is a mountain peak with dense forests in the Western Ghats in South India. It is declared as natural heritage site by Government Karnataka and it is 10th highest peak of Karnataka.

Kodachadri forms a picturesque background to the famous temple of Mookambika in Kollur. It is believed Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya did meditation here. You will find a 'Sarvajna Peeta' of Sri Shankaracharya at the top. Adi-Mookambika temple at Kodachadri i...

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Koodlu(Kudlu) Theertha Falls, also known as Seetha Falls is an isolated waterfall featuring a stream of water that drops 300 ft into a shallow pool. It is believed that this pond is holy because many sages performed penance here many years ago. It is located at around 119 Kms from Shivamogga city.

Kudlu Theertha Falls is located amidst the jungles of Western Ghats in Udupi district and recognized as the first water fall of river Sita. After reaching the entrance of the Seetha Falls, visitors should take the tickets and trek 2. 5 -3 kms inside the jungle

The entry tickets c...

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Kubetoor
88 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Kubetoor is a historical and religious site located at a distance of 30 Km from Soraba. It is located at a distance of 88 Kms from the Shivamogga city.

Kubetoor is home to several historical temples known for their architectural magnificence. Majority of these temples follow a Hoysala or a Dravidian architectural styles. The Kedarashewara Temple is a Chalukyan architectural masterpiece. The Veerabhadra temple and Durgi temple are worth a visit.

These temples are now in a ruined condition and yet still show the architectural capabilities of the dynasties who ruled during...

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Kudremukh National Park
145 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Kudremukh National Park is a wildlife preserve located in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka. Kudremukh national park is the second largest wildlife protected area belonging to a tropical evergreen type of forest in the Western Ghats. Flora of the mountain reserve encompasses evergreen and semi evergreen forests, Shola grasslands, plantations of eucalyptus, acacia auriculiformis, casuarina, and grevillea robusta. Most of the sections of the park restrict entry of tourists, but in the non-restricted areas visitors can engage in trekking. It is located at a distance of 145 Kms from Shimoga city.
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Kunchikal Falls, Shimoga
104 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Kunchikal Falls is located Nidagodu village near Masthikatte in Shimoga district of state Karnataka. Kunchikal falls cascades down rocky boulders and total height of fall is 455 meters (1,493 feet) making the tallest waterfalls in India. Kunchikal Falls is a waterfall formed by river Varahi. The waterfalls is located amidst dense forests of Western Ghats. Kunchikal Falls is located at a distance at around 104 Kms from Shivamogga city.

The River Varahi flows down from a greater altitude in a cascading manner over these rocky structures close to the Hulikal Ghati Temple. The waterfall ...

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Kundadri
94 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Kundadri is a hill station located at a distance of 94 Kms from Shimoga city. Kundadri hill is famed for its trekking expeditions in the Western Ghats. The forests bearing the hill lie in the Shimoga district of Karnataka.

Kundadri hill is a huge monolithic rock formation with variousoutgrowts and is about 3200 feet above sea level. Extensive vegetation adorns the slopes of the hill. Kundadri Hill trek is a moderate trek of two days and gets less intense on taking the roughly paved path on stone all the way up to the hill. Alternative means of reaching atop the hill is by driving a...

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Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple is a historic Hindu temple located in Bhadravathi, Shivamogga District, Karnataka. The temple goes back to the Hoysalas in the 13th century. It is located at a distance of 20 Kms from Shimoga city.

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is dedicated to an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple is constructed in typical Hoysala architectural style. The basic building material of the temple is Soap stone. The temple stands on a jagati and the outer wall exhibits a two tier decorative plan. The monument is protected by the Karnataka state division of Archaeolo...

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Lingamakki Dam
100 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Linganamakki Dam is a man made embankment constructed at a distance of 6 km from Jog Falls across river Sharavathi. It is located at around 100 Kms from Shivamogga city.

The Linganamakki Dam was constructed by the Karnataka State Government in 1964. Located in the Sagara taluk, the dam has a length of 2. 4 km, stretching across the Sharavathi river. The Linganamakki dam is 1819 ft above sea level. Linganamakki dam is the main feeder reservoir of Mahatma Gandhi Hydro Electric Project in Jog.

The best time to visit Lingamakki Dam is during monsoon season June till Septemb...

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Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary
30 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is a wildlife preserve located on an island near the Mandagadde village - around 30 Kms from the Shimoga(Shivamogga) city, Karnataka.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is one of the few bird sancuaries in the Malnad region. Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is spread about 1. 14 acres and surrounded by dense evergreen forest. The preserve is located in the midst og a dense forest and is surrounded by the roaring Tunga River on each side. The island seems to have the ideal conditions that these birds look for while nesting or roosting.

A watchover which gives t...

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Mattur is villege in Shivamogga district, Karnataka. The twin villages of Mattur-Hosahalli are known across the world as the only place where the ancient Sanskrit language is still spoken on a day-to-day basis. Mattur has a temple of Rama, a Shivalaya, Someshwara temple and Lakshmikeshava temple. Mattur is located at a distance of 8 Kms from Shimoga city.

Mattur also has many great temples which depict the architectural treasure of the region. With rows and rows of Arecanut trees and ever-ending paddy fields Mattur-Hosahalli, once a part of the Vijayanagara Empire, is today, quite ...

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NINASAM, Heggodu
78 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Heggodu is a small village is located at a distance of 8 Km from in Sagar town, at around 78 Kms from Shivamogga city. Heggodu is surrounded by rich green and areca nut plantations.

Heggodu is popular because it houses a famous cultural organization called Ninasam or NeeNaSam (an acronym for Neelakantheshwara Natyaseva Samgha). Ninasam is a drama institute and focusses on film, literature. NINASAM has grown to become one of the most renowned cultural organisations of Karnataka through their socio-cultural work.

Visitors interested in Drama and other arts must visit NINA...

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Onake Abbi Falls, Agumbe
97 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Onake Abbi Falls is a plunge waterfall located at the very edge of the Western Ghats, of which it is a part. It is located very close to the Agumbe town at a distance of around 97 Kms from Shimoga city.

Visitors must trek for a distance of 4 km before reaching Abbi falls. The trek to Onake Abbi used to be a seven kilometer trek through dense jungle. Now it has been reduced to four kilometers. Onake Abbi is one of the tallest falls of the Western Ghats. At Abbi Falls, the water drops from a height of over 200 feet into a big pool.

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Rameshwara Swamy temple stands on an elevated land, just besides the Tunga river bank, this temple is a major Mujrai temple of Thirthahalli Taluk. It is located at a distance of around 61 Kms from Shimoga.

Sri Rameshwara Temple located in Thirthahalli is one of the main Hindu Temples in the region. This temple is constructed on the banks of the river Tunga and it is made of stone. Sri Rameshwara Temple is near the place Parashurama Thirtha. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple has a Shiva Lingam which is believed to have been installed by Parashurama.

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Sarvagna Peeta Shankaracharya Temple is a Hindu temple located atop a hill in Valur. The temple is constructed on the site where Sri Adi Shankaracharya is supposed have meditated and offered his worship to Devi Sarawati. It is located at a distance of 113 Kms from Shimoga city.

Visitors need to trek the hill in order to visit the temple. The Sarvagna Peeta Shankaracharya Temple can be found near the peak of the hill. The temple is amidst lush green forests of Western Ghats. The temple follows the Dravidian architectural style and visitors can see 7 chakras inside the structure.
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Shivappa Nayaka Palace is a museum located in the heart of Shimoga city on the banks of river Tunga. Shivappa Nayaka Palace sometimes referred to as the Government Museum is named after the famous Keladi ruler Shivappa Nayaka.

This palace was built in 16th century by Keladi ruler, Shivappa Nayaka. The palace is entirely built of rose wood. This palace is now museum maintained by Archeology department of Karnataka. he two storied building comprises a Durbar hall ("nobel court") with massive wooden pillars and lobed arched panels. The living chambers on the sides are at the upper lev...

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Sigandhur
78 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Sigandur is a small village located in Sagara taluk of Shimoga, located around 78 Kms from Shimoga city.

Sigandoor is a holy place of Sri Sigandur Chowdeshwari, three side of the village is surrounded by the back water of Sharavati river. The place is known for Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple, which attracts hundreds of people every day. During the January month there will be a fair of godess Chowdeshwari. Idols of the Goddess Sigandureshwari are quite old and were found at the banks of holy Sharavathi river 300 years ago.

To reach the place the people have to go 2km by ...

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Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected wildlife santuary in Western Ghats of Karnataka. It is named after the presiding deity 'Lord Someshwara' of the famed Someshwara temple located within the sanctuary. The Wildlife Sanctuary lies near Agumbe, in Udupi and Shivamogga districts of Karnataka. It is located at a distance of 115 Kms from Shimoga city.

Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1974, this 314 sq km nature reserve features evergreen forests and native wildlife. There are a number of fauna that reside within sanctuary. The fauna includes Bonnet Macaque, Barkin...

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Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Reserve
10 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Reserve is a wild life destination, located about 10 Kms from Shimoga. Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Reserve is known for it's popular Lion Safaris.

Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Reserve is a place to rehabilate Lions and Tigers that are rescued across India. Asiatic lions, Bengal tigers and Indian leopards are kept in separate enclosures and they are viewed by a guided "safari" vehicle. A relatively rare black panther was born here during 2012, and is available for public view as a caged animal

Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Reserve also has a small...

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Varadamoola Temple
77 kms from Shimoga city limits
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Varadamoola is Hindu religious site located in Sagara Taluk at a distance of 77 Kms from Shimoga city. Varadamoola is picturesque location situated in Western Ghats in Karnataka.

The River Varada originates from this place. The prime attraction of Varadamoola is a temple dedicated to the Godess Varadamba. Varada river originates from the foot of Varada Devi. This river ultimates joins Tungabhardar river. There are two Kalyanis near the Temple.

Varadamoola attracts those who crave for peace and serenity. The best time to visit this place is August-December. Varadamula temp...

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