Situated at a distance of about 100 km from Shimoga town, Jog Falls is one of the main attractions of Shimoga. It is the highest untiered waterfall in India located in Sagara, created by River Sharavathi.
The Bhadra Dam, which has created the Bhadra Reservoir, is located on the Bhadra River a tributary of Tungabhadra River in Chikkamagaluru district in Tarikere Taluk, in the western part of Karnataka in South India.
The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, situated at a distance of 32 km from Shimoga town en route Thirthahalli, is a small island on River Tunga. This island, which is also a part of Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary, is visited by migratory birds like egret, cormorant, darter, snake-bird, etc. during July to October.
Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp
The Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp is a popular attraction, situated at a distance of about 14 km from Shimoga town. This is the training camp of elephants where visitors can see herds of elephants.
Tavarekoppa Tiger and Lion Safari
At a distance of 10 km from Shimoga, en-route to Sagar town, Lions, Tigers and other animals are often found roaming around in the deep forests freely. The Lion-Tiger Safari started way back in 1988 is an ideal picnic spot.
Kodachadri or Kudajadri is a peak of the Western Ghats in Shimoga District of Karnataka, located at a distance of about 115 km from Shimoga town. Lying at an altitude of about 1343 m above the sea level, Kodachadri is home to diverse species of flora and fauna.
Gajanur is a village 12 km from Shivamogga in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, India. The Tunga River flows through the village. Gajanur is well known for the dam built across the river.
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, situated in Sorab town in the vicinity of Shimoga, is a popular destination of birdwatchers. The sanctuary, spread over an area of about 0.75 sq km, is located on the banks of Gudvi Lake, which welcomes flocks of migratory birds during July to October.
Tyavarekoppa is a popular picnic spot situated on the Shimoga – Sagar Road, at a distance of 10 km from Shimoga town. Tyavarekoppa is famous for its Lion and Tiger Safari, which started in the year 1998.
The Linganmakki Dam is a popular picnic spot in the vicinity of Shimoga, at a distance of 6 km from Jog falls. The dam, which is at an altitude of about 554 m, is built across River Sharavathi.
Sacred Heart Church
One destination which shows off the architectural splendour of Shimoga the best is the Sacred Heart Church of Shimoga. The church of the Catholics, the Sacred Heart Church of Shimoga is said to be the second largest church in India.
Keladi is a village situated in the Shimoga District of Karnataka. This place was the first capital of the Keladi Nayaka Kingdom, who rose to prominence after the disintegration of the Vijayanagara Empire.
Kundadri is a mountain peak with dense forests in the Western Ghats in South India (Karnataka State). This well-preserved land of Karnataka is home to 17th century Jain temple that is not much given to architecture.
Dabbe falls is one of the most astonishing waterfalls of shimoga district. It is also called as “Kepjoga” by locals as it makes a lot of sound while falling down.
Shivappanaika Palace Museum
The Shivappa Naik Palace is a popular attraction of Shimoga town. Situated on the banks of River Tunga, the palace was built of rosewood by Shivappa Naik of Keladi in the 16th century. There is also a museum inside the palace which exhibits stone carvings and relics from the period of the Keladis.