Major industrial Attraction in the Shimoga district includes Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Limited, Mysore paper Mills Ltd. Bhadravathi, Eglish India Clay Ltd., Paper Packaids Pvt Ltd., Perfect Alloy Components ltd. Etc.
Located on the banks of the Tunga River, Shimoga, headquarters of the district of the same name in Karnataka, has some of the most scenic countryside in India. Clothed with superb tropical forests, the district is famous for some exotic locales including several lakes and river valleys.
The region has a long and colourful history when it was under the control of Satavahana dynasty and the Chalukyas of Badami in 3rd and 7th centuries AD respectively. With lots of attractions it is the most convenient base for visiting other interesting places as well as historical structures, temples, exotic wildlife, waterfalls in the district.
Sights to See
Shivappa Naik Palace
Situated on the banks of river Tunga in the busy lanes of Shimoga city the palace is built by Shivappa Naik of Keladi in the 16th century. A good architectural piece built with rose wood, the palace is equipped with a museum, which has several interesting and rare archaeological collections of stone carvings and antiques of Keladi period. Recovered idols of Hoysala and Chalukya period from the early 16th century to late 18th century are displayed here.
Saint Thomas Church
Situated in the heart of city, the church is said to be the second largest church in India with an area of 18000 square feet area. The church is also equipped with a prayer hall with a capacity to hold 5000 people at a time.
Keladi (17 km)
This was the first capital of Keladi Nayakas. The place is 6 km to the north of Sagar taluka. At almost the northern end of the village, there is a large courtyard, which is enclosed, in modern tiled verandah. In the middle of the courtyard stand 3 temples Rameshvara temple, which is in the centre, Veerbhadreshvara temple, which is to the right, and the Parvati temple, which is to the left. The Rameshvara & Veerbhadreshvara temples are a mixed pattern of Hoysala & Southern or Dravidian style. The Parvati temple is a small building, which has old back portion built of stone and the front modern portion built of brick. There is also a wellmaintained Keladi Museum, which has a collection of copper inscriptions, palm leaves and coins from Nayaka’s period.
Ikkeri (76 km)
The word means “Two Streets”. This place was the capital of Keladi Nayakas for some years. The walls of the city were of great extent, forming three concentric enclosures. In the citadel was the palace build of mud and timber, adorned with carvings and false gildings. The only vestige of the former greatness of Ikkeri is the temple of Aghoreshvara, a large and wellproportioned stone building, constructed in a mixed style with a unique conception.
Koodali (16 km)
This is a place where rivers Tunga and Bhadra embrace and flow together. Koodali is a cultural place with rich heritage and temples around. It has the noted Smartha Monastery stated to have been founded in the 16th century by Jagadguru Narsimha Bharathi Swamigalu of Sringeri. Within the premises of the matha, there are shrines of Sharadamba and Shankaracharya. Outside, there are two temples of Hoysala times dedicated to Rameshvara and Narasimha. Koodali is also known as Varanasi of the south, it is home to Rushyashrama, Brahmeshwara, Narasimha and Rameshwara temples. The 600 years old mutt of Shankaracharya still stands with inscriptions of Hoysala and Okkeri Kings.
Ballegavi (72 km)
This historical place is situated 21 Km from Shikaripura taluka. This place is also known, as Dakshina Kedara was the capital of Banawasi rulers in the 12th century. The place is associated with several eminent Veershaiva saints like Allama prabhu, AkkaMahadevi, Animishayya and Ekantada Ramayya. There are remains of many temples, shrines, mastikals, viragals and nisidigals. Some important temples are Kedareshvara temple made out of soap stone and is a fine specimen of late Chalukyan type, Tripurantakeshvara temple resembling the works of Belur and Halebedu, Prabhudeva temple is a smaller trikutchala structure, etc.
Chandragutti (86 km)
Chandragutti is situated between Soraba taluka and Siddapura at an altitude of 848 mtrs on a rocky mountain bed, this historical place and pilgrimage centre of Renukamba. The place was earlier known as Chandragupta Pura, Chandragutti pete, Gutti pete.
Humcha (54 km)
It is a renowned Jain Pilgrimage centre. The main attraction of Humcha is the Padmavathi Amma’s temple. The Panchakuta Basadi (Jain temple) of 10th & 11th Century and Jain Mutt are other places of interest.
Bhadravathi (20 km)
The Lakshminarsimha temple, built by the Hoysalas in the heart of the town and the Rameshwara temple built on the banks of the river Tunga attract pilgrims from all parts of Karnataka and other states. Pilgrims frequent here for a darshans and a holy dip in the river. Bhadravathi is also most prominent Industrial centre in Shimoga district. The renowned Sir M Vishweshwaraiah Iron & Steel factory, The Mysore paper Mills and Sugar Factories were harbingers of Karnataka’s industrial development.
Nagara (19 km)
It was the capital of Keladi rulers and later on was captured by Hyder Ali. Other places of interest are Shivappanaika palace, Neelakenteshwara temple, Devagana tank and Gudde Venkataramana Swamy temple.
Bandalike (81 km)
Bandalike is 35 Km to the north of Shikaripura, a place famous for basadis and temples is Bandalika. Here you can find sculptures and writtings of Rastrakutas and Kadambas period. Other places of interest are Shantinath basadi, Sahasralinga Temple and Someshwara threemurthy temples.
situated in the dense forest 50 km from Jogfalls on the way to Bhatkal. This Fort of Keladi dynasty was constructed by Kari Maneesena Rani Abbaka Devi (Spices queen).
- Mysore Paper Mills Ltd
- Government Milk Diary
- Visvesvaraya Iron & Steel Ltd
- Karnataka Soaps & Detergent Ltd
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
25km from Sorab is Kubetoor, has several old temples known for their architectural splendour, though now in a dilapidated condition, it still exemplifies the aesthetic sense of the dynasties that reigned. The Veerabhadra and Durgi are worth a visit. The Kedarashewara Temple is a Chalukyan architectural showpiece.
8km from Sagar, a small village known for its NonGovernment Drama training institute called NEENASAM initiated by K.V.Subanna. The institute is well equipped with an indoor auditorium known as ‘Dr. Shivarama Karantha Rangamandira’. Regular workshops and training sessions, finds the place populated by renowned artists from all over the country.
Around Shimoga city
Ganapathi Devasthana located in Ramanna Shreste Park, Basaveshwar Temple located in Gandhi Bazar, Marikamba Devasthana , Kannika Parmeshwari etc are other temples located within the city limits. And it is said that there are 21 or more Ganapathi devasthanas around Shimoga city.
Jog Falls (100 km)
The most thrilling spectacle in the entire western region of Karnataka is the world famous Jog Falls. Location It is situated on the borders of Shimoga and North Kanara. The wondrous sight is that of river Sharavathi taking a spectacular leap into the chasm from a height of 900 feet to from the highest waterfalls in India. The river Sharavathi hurtles in 4 distinct cascades. The first of these falls is known as the ‘Raja’ the grandest, an unbroken sheet of water, the Raja plunges into the vapourshrouded pool 900 feet below. A few 100 feet way down, with a thunderous gush, ‘Roarer’ joins Raja. Leaping down with great speed in a series of cascades in the ‘Rocket’ and gliding away in a feminine grace, ‘Rani’. The effect is greatly heightened by the wild and beautiful region around which is covered with a wealth of luxuriant vegetation. The steps cut into rocks will lead you to the very depths of the fall and shower you with vaporous spray that bounces off these rocks.
There is also the splendid view of the Linganamakki dam, which is 1819 feet above sea level built across the river Sharavathi. This dam is the main feeder reservoir of the Mahatma Gandhi Hydroelectric project in Shimoga.
The place is well connected by rail and road from Shimoga city and number of government & private buses ply between Shimoga and Jog Falls.
10km from Thirthahalli on the way to Hosanagar near Aralsuruli you can find this eye catching waterfall. The river Sharavathi takes a spectacular leap here to form this wonderful falls.
(10 km) On the way to Thirthahalli, you can find a place called Gajanur. The Tunga dam is situated here and an ideal picnic spot for the people around. Presently the dam is closed for general public as the dam height is being increased and construction work is going on.
(28 km) Located near Kuvempu University, the dam is constructed across river Bhadra and the height of the dam is 194 ft. There are a number of islands created by the Bhadra River and you can enjoy the boat ride around these islands.
6 Km from Jog falls this dam is constructed across river Sharavathi. The height of the dam is 1819 ft above sea level. Linganmakki dam is the main feeder reservoir for the Mahatma Gandhi Hydro Electric Power unit.
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