The little hill station of Shimoga in Karnataka is the perfect weekend getaway to escape the din and bustle of the city. The city, later renamed as Shivamogga, is situated on the bank of river Tunga. The city is one among hundred to be shortlisted under the new Smart City mission launched by the Government of India. The second-highest plunge waterfall, Jog Falls, is located in this region, and is known by several other names such as Gersoppa falls, Gerusoppe falls, and Jogada Gundi. Situated amidst evergreen forests, the gushing roar of the water falling from such height and the lush greenery around is sure to create a memorable experience for you. Sports buffs must visit Honnemaradu, which is situated in the backwaters of Sharavathy River. You can try out several water sports like kayaking, surfboarding and sailing. You can even camp on the island and enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. While in Shimoga, you should also visit the Sacred Heart Church, which is the second largest in the country. Covering an approximate area of 18000 square feet, the church depicts excellent Roman and Gothic architectural styles.
Best Time to Visit Shimoga
It is best to visit Shimoga during the months ranging from October through March. The pleasant weather is ideal for sightseeing and other outdoor activities. Moreover, the winter season witnesses the celebration of several local festivals. If you visit during November, you can take part in the colourful Hampi festival. If you want to be a part of the much celebrated Pongal, then you should choose to visit during mid-January.
Weather Of Shimoga
In Shimoga, the month of March ushers in the warm summer season which continues through June. The temperature ranges between 20°C to 36°C and averages around 28°C. The month of July marks the onset of the monsoon season which is characterised by heavy rainfall. And the season continues until September, witnessing an average annual rainfall of about 3292 mm. The winter months from December to February record an average temperature of about 24°C.
How to Reach Shimoga?
By Air : The Mangalore International Airport is located at a distance of about 189.2 km from Shimoga while the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore is 327.6 km away from the city. Buses and cabs are available from both the airports to travel to Shimoga.
By Rail : The Shimoga Nagar Railway Station has trains running to and from Bangalore and Mysore. However, there are no direct trains from other major Indian cities. The most availed trains from this rail junction are the Inter City Express Connection train and the Shivamogga Express.
By Road : The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) serves to connect Shimoga to other neighbouring cities such as Bangalore, Hubli, Sringeri, and Dharmastala. The Sholapur-Mangalore Highway (National Highway 13) and the Bangalore-Honnavar Highway (National Highway 206) ensure Shimoga remains connected to other nearby regions.