Shimoga Tourist Places

Tunga River  (1 km from HomestayShimoga tourist places has picked Tunga River is a river in Karnataka state, southern India. The river is born in the Western Ghats on a hill known as Varaha Parvata at a place called Gangamoola. It is 147 km long.

The river is given the compound name Tungabhadra from this point on. The river is famous for the sweetness of its water. There is a belief that " Thunga Panam Ganga Snanam" which means we should drink the water of the river Tunga and take bath in river Ganga. In the first place, it is just 1 km from HighPoint Homestay.

Anandagiri and Siddeshwara Hills: (1 km from home stay) Two hills adorn Thirthahalli town. Former being Anandagiri Gudda and the latter being Siddeshwara Gudda. Anandagiri Gudda is located on Shimoga Road and Siddeshwara Gudda is located on Agumbe Road. Both hills are reachable by walk from the town. One can climb Anandagiri Gudda during any time of the year. Its height is around 200 to 300 feet.

Shimoga tourist places suggests visiting the Siddeshwara Hill, this hill is also about 200 feet in height. From the top of this hill, one will be able to see the other big hills of Shimoga District such as Kodachadri and Kundadri. 

Sbbalugudde Ganesh Temple & Fish Sanctuary
(7 km away from home stay)

Shimoga tourist places suggest visiting the river Tunga that runs smoothly & placidly behind the 16th Century Ganapathi Temple and is known for its unique fish sanctuary.

Kuvempu Kavishaila: (16 km from homestay) Shimoga tourist places certainly recommend this attraction. It's a rock monument made of megalithic rocks and is dedicated to Kuvempu. Even more, it sits atop a hill in Kuppali. The rocks, arranged in a circular fashion, have been placed to resemble the Stonehenge, England. In the center of the rock monument is the place where Kuvempu was laid to rest after his death, a memorial has been constructed at the location.

A rock containing the etched signatures of Kuvempu and T.S Venkannaiah are present. Poornachandra Tejaswi later engraved his signature on the same rock. The scenery around the place is breathtaking. The monument has been placed with granite slabs engraved with his poems and quotes.

Agumbe Rain Forest & Research Station: (30 km from homestay)  Shimoga tourist places certainly recommends a visit to Agumbe. It is a village located in Shimoga district in the state of KarnatakaIndia. Moreover, lying in the Thirthahalli taluk and Malnad region, Agumbe is among the places in India that receive very heavy rainfall earning it the sobriquet, "Cherrapunji of the South".

Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, the only permanent rainforest research station in IndiaAn area near it has been converted into a protected area for Medicinal Plants to help in their conservation.

Kundadri Hills: (31 km from homestay) Shimoga tourist places also highly recommends a visit to Kundadri. On the way to Agumbe from Thirthahalli, 9 kms from Guddekeri near Begar you can find Kundadri hills. Also, an adventurous place for trekking lovers.

On reaching the top you can find the Parshwanath Chaityalaya, a stone structure. Kundadri hill is, in fact, a single gigantic monolithic rock formation with various outgrowths. A rough stone paved path leads one to the top of the hill.  This place is also a Jain pilgrimage center.  Also, packing some light refreshments and moving on to ascend the hill would be a great idea.

Kodachadri Hills: (85 km from homestay) Shimoga tourist places recommends trekking the glorious and enchanting mountain that provides the perfect escape from the hectic pace of the humdrum of everyday life. A paradise for trekkers, the place attracts a lot of trekkers around Karnataka state. Even more, it is situated at 1411 ft above sea level and 115 km from Shimoga city. 

A beatific hill abode that overlooks the panoramic Western Ghats. On the west, the hill descends almost perpendicular for about 4026 ft, meeting the South Kanara forests that lie below. The sea appears quite close, and on a clear day, you can also see the ships go by. Meanwhile, the famous temple town of Kollur is 12 Kms away.

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary: (30 km from homestay) Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is located on the NH-13 at a distance of 30 km. from Shimoga town on the way to Thirthahalli. In fact, this is a small island surrounded by Tunga river and the birds found here are median egret, cormorant, and snakebird. Also, 30 km from Highpoint homestay hence Shimoga tourist places would suggest wildlife lovers and families to the wild side of Shimoga.


Tyavarekoppa Tiger-Lion Safari

(70 km from homestay) Tyavarekoppa Tiger-Lion Safari lies about 10 km from Shimoga town on the way to Sagar. Meanwhile, lions, tigers, and deer are present here in an enclosed area and a safari is organized. Also, 70 kms from Highpoint homestay. Shimoga tourist places would recommend wildlife lovers and families to the wild side of Shimoga.

Sakrebailu Elephant Camp: (46 km from Homestay) Sakrebailu Elephant Camp lies 14 km from Shimoga town on the way to Thirthahalli. As the name suggests, this is a training camp where Elephants undergo training from mahouts. Also, 46 km from HighPoint Homestay. Shimoga tourist places would suggest elephant lovers who would wish to take a ride on one of the strongest animals on this planet to visit the Sakrebailu Elephant Camp.


Shringeri Sharadamba Temple: (52 km from home stay) The Sharada temple, dedicated to the Goddess of learning and wisdom, has grown from a simple shrine dating to the time of Adi Shankaracharya. In the 14th century, Vidyaranya is said to have replaced the old sandalwood image with a stone and gold image. Also, the temple structure was continued to be made of wood until the early 20th century. However, after an unexpected fire that damaged the structure, the current structure was built in the traditional south Indian style of temple architecture. Shimoga tourist places would recommend tourists to take blessings from one of the most visited temples in Karnataka.

Kollur Mookambika Temple: (80 km from homestay) A Hindu temple located atop Kodachadri hills amidst. Goddess Mookambika is said to have 3 forms and is highly glorified as Saraswati. As per old rituals the priests worship the goddess as Mahagauri in the morning, Mahalakshmi in the afternoon and Mahasaraswati in the evening. Shimoga tourist places would recommend tourists to take blessings from another auspicious place highly visited in Karnataka.

Jog Falls: (110 km from homestay We highly recommend Jog Falls, created by the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 meters (829 ft), is the highest waterfall in India, located in Shimoga District of Karnataka. These segmented falls are a major tourist attraction. 

There are many waterfalls in Asia and also in India which drop from a higher altitude. But, unlike those falls, Jog Falls is untiered, it drops directly and does not stream onto rocks. Therefore, it can be described as the highest untiered waterfalls in India.
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