In the state of Karnataka, 120 km from Shimoga, is a small temple town called Kolluru or Kollur. It is famous for housing a temple in honour of Goddess Mookambika, a form of Parvati. The village is in the Western Ghats, well known for its scenic landscape and several sunset points, which gives the drive to the village and back an added attraction.
Places to Stay
Kollur is a small village where one can find few budget hotels, dharamshalas and lodges. Hotels such as Beena Residency (Tariff – Rs. 745), Swaymbhoo Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 624), and Aswathi Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 716), offer comfortable services at affordable rates.
Kannada is the official language of Kollur.
Navratri is very popular amongst locals and Gowri Hubba is a festival celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi that is given a lot of significance in the region.
Places of Interest
Mookambika Temple and the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary are special places for tourists. The sanctuary houses endangered species like the Lion Tailed Monkey. India’s second highest waterfall Jog Falls is a 2 hour drive away from Kollur. Maravanthe Beach, around 40 km away from Kollur, is a rare sight where a river and sea converge.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is about 150 km away from Kollur.
Kundapura Railway Station is at a distance of 35-40 km and is the close to Kollur.
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A city in Shivamogga District in central Karnataka, Shimoga (Shivamogga in Kannada), situated on the banks of the Tunga River is considered "Rice Bowl" of the State. Dotted with paddy fields, arecanut and coconut groves, Shimoga’s location makes it gateway to the hilly regions of the Western Ghats, hence the city is popularly known as "Capital of Malnad". Waterfalls, swaying palms and lush paddy fields make this city one of the most picturesque locations in the state.
Budget Hotels in Shimoga
Shimoga has a wide variety of accommodation options near the bus stand. Some of them are Royal Orchid Central (Tariif-Rs. 2,308), Surya Comforts (2kms from Bus Stand Tariff-Rs. 539) and Hotel Navaratna International (Tariif-Rs. 400).
Kannada is the Local Language here.
Events in Shimoga
Other annual religious festivals, the Marikamba festival is celebrated in Sagar every year and also the Fireflies Festival of Sacred Music.
Places to See in Shimoga
There are great many places near Ssimoga that attracts tourists. The places reasonably close to the bus stand include Shivappa Nayaka Palace (1kms), Gajanur dam (15 kms) and Koodli (15 kms) is the place where the Tungaa and Bhadraa rivers meet.
How to Get There
While Mangalore (180 km) is the nearest airport in the city, Shimoga Airport (Opening Dec 2013) is currently under construction in Sogane (6kms)
Shimoga has its own railway station.
Shimoga Bus Terminal connects the city to other neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like SRE Travels, Varalakshmi Tours & Travels and SRS Travels run regular buses to and from Shimoga. If you are booking bus tickets online through ticketgoose.com you can travel hassle-free to anywhere in India.