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.
Brahmavar is a town in the Udupi district of the South Indian state of Karnataka. Being close to Barkur, the area is considered to be a cultural centre in the region. It is often referred to as lord Brahma’s Vara or Ajapura. The district headquarter, Udupi, lies at a distance of 12 km away from the village.
Places to Stay
The nearest accessible place available for lodging is Udupi. Some of the budget hotels worth giving a try are Ayodhya Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Mahima Residency Hotel (tariff – Rs. 700), Metropolis Hotel (tariff – Rs. 900), Swathi Hotel (tariff – Rs. 800) among others.
The official language of the area is Kannada.
The important festivals of the region are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Virtually anywhere you ride on to towards the coast is picturesque and beautiful. Some of the beaches which are worth a visit are Maravanthe Beach (38 km), Padukere Beach (16 km away), the breath-taking estuary-cum-beach called Bengre Kemmannu (16 km away) and Beejadi Beach (21 km away).
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 68 km.
The Udupi Railway Station located around 16 km away is the closest major railway station to the town.
Direct buses as well as via buses to the town are available from nearby towns and cities. It is mostly state-transport buses which indirectly cater to the needs of people. Private operators like SRS Travels have also slowly joined the race. Making use of bus ticket offers are the best way to save money while travelling.