Shimoga is locally called as Shiva-mogga. The name shimoga is derived from the term Shiva-Mukha, literally meaning "Face of Shiva". Shimoga District is a part of naturally rich Malnad (Malenaadu) region of Karnataka. Shimoga is a true picture of nature's bounty-landscapes dotted with waterfalls, swaying palms and lush paddy fields make for picturesque locales.
Shimoga is 273 kms southwest of Bangalore. Shimoga district is bounded by the districts of Chikmagalur to the southeast, Davanagere to the east, Haveri to the northeast, Udupi to the southwest, and North Canara (Uttara Kannada) to the northwest. Shimoga district is also known as the Rice Bowl of Karnataka state.
Shimoga district consists of seven taluks namely Shimoga, Sagara, Thirthahalli, Hosanagara, Bhadravathi, Shikaripur and Soraba. The rivers Sharavathi, Varada, Tungabhadra and Kumudavathi inundate the luxuriant greens of the region. The Sharavathi Hydel Project and Varahi Project provide a substantial portion of Karnataka's power needs.
Shimoga was ruled by the great Indian dynasties of the Kadambas, Chalukyas, Gangas, Rashtrakutas, Hoysals, Vijayanagar Kings, Keladi Nayakas and Mysore Maharajas. Shimoga got an independent identity under the Keladi Nayakas in the 16th century. It reached its pinnacle during the rule of Shivappa Nayaka in 16th century.
Places to Visit:
Few Great Personalities from Shimoga:
- Jog Falls
- Agumbe: Agumbe attracts tourists during the summer and winter season because of its unforgettable glorious sunset. Agumbe is also known as the "Chirapunji" of South India because this place receives the highest rainfall in South India.
- Kodachadri: This is the highest peak in Shimoga District. Kodachadri is around 120 kms from Shimoga this beautiful hill station is nestled in the Western Ghats. The famous Kollur is 12 Kms away from Kodachadri.
- Achakanya Falls: 10 Kms from Thirthahalli on the way to Hosanagar near Aralsuruli you can find river Sharavathi takes a spectacular leap here to form this wonderfull falls.
- Tunga Dam: 10 Kms from Shimoga city on the way to Thirthahalli, you can find a place called Gajanur. The Tunga dam is situated here. A 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.
- Koodli: 16 Kms away from Shimoga.
- Linganmakki Dam: Linganmakki dam is about 6 Kms from Jog falls this dam is constructed across river Sharavathi. The height of the Linganmakki dam is 1819 ft above sea level. Linganmakki dam is the main feeder reservoir for the Mahatma Gandhi Hydro Electric Power unit.
- Shivappa Naik Palace: This palace is situated on the banks of river tunga in the busy lanes of Shimoga city. This palace was built by Shivappa naik of Keladi in 16th century. A good architectual piece built with rose wood. The palace is equipped with museum which has several interesting and rare archaeological collections of stone carvings and antiques of Keladi period.
- Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, Gudavi Bird Sanctuaries, Tyarekoppa Lion Safari and Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp are not to be missed.
Few Politicians from Shimoga:
- Rashtrakavi Kuvempu
- Dr. U R Anantha muthy
- Prafulla Chandra
- K V Subbanna
- Dr. Ashok Pai
- Khadi Shankarappa
- S Bangarappa, former Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka
- J H Patel, former Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka
- Kadidaal Manjappa, former Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka
- B S Yediyurappa, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka
- D H Shankara Murthy, Minister - Higher Education, Government of Karnataka
- K S Eshwarappa, Minister - Water Resources, Major and Medium Irrigation, Government of Karnataka
- Kagodu Thimappa
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