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.
A small town between Sagar and Thirthahalli, Ripponpete is situated 39 km from Shimoga district in Karnataka. Its capital city Bangalore is about 317 km away. Kenchanala situated 4.7 km away, Arasalu (6.3 km) and Talale (6.5 km) are the nearby towns.
Places to Stay
Ripponpete being a small town has very few hotel options, but there are a couple of home stays available. Shimoga has plenty of budget hotels like Hotel Navaratna (Tariff – Rs. 550 onwards), Hombuja Residency (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Jewel Rock Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards) and Surya Comforts Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
Kannada is the official language spoken in Ripponpete. English is another language spoken in the area.
There are numerous festivals celebrated in Ripponpete like Makar Sankranti in January, Dasera in September/October and Deepavali in October/November.
Places of Interest
Shimoga with its numerous palaces, waterfalls, temples and dams attract a huge number of tourists. Other places of interest nearby include Sagar (35 km), Thirthahalli (43 km), Kollur (88 km) and Davangere (109 km).
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport, which is 164 km away.
Ripponpete’s nearest railway station is in Shimoga.
Buses are available from some of the major cities like Bangalore, Sagar, Tirthahalli and Shimoga. One of the best bus operators that offer good experience to passengers is Durgamba Motors. Bus ticket booking offer can help you save money when you go on your vacations.