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About Shimoga


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 you can travel hassle-free to anywhere in India.

About Thirthahalli


A panchayat town located in the Shimoga District of of Karnataka, Thirthahalli lies on the bank of the river Tunga. Located amidst the dense deciduous forests of Western Ghats, the town lies on National Highway NH-13 (Thirthahalli road), which provides access to other cities. Legend has it that Sage Parusharama visited the Tunga here, hence Rama Mantapa in Thirthahalli is regarded a holy place where taking a dip will wash away one’s sins. The town is connected to Kuruvalli via the Tunga Bridge.

Places to Stay
Being a highly revered pilgrimage centre, Thirthahalli offers travellers a wide variety of options for accommodation. Places like Hotel Dwaraka and Hotel Mayura near the bus stand offer accommodations from Rs.700 onwards.

The annual five-day festival, Yellu Amavasya Jatre is popular in this town. During the Utsava Moorthi, the main idol of Lord Sri Rameshwara is taken to the river to be consecrated. In the month of December all idols of gods from all the neighbouring regions are gathered together on the banks of River Tunga near Malur

Kannada is the Local Language here.

Places to Visit
Sri Rameshwara Temple is in the middle of town. Other places to visit in the neighbouring regions are Ambuthirtha, where the river Sharavathi forms a water falls,, Kavishaila at Kuppalli (18kms) and Kundadri Jain Temple and the Kundadri hills (30kms).

How to Get There

The nearest airport is at Mangalore (140 km).

The nearest railway station is Shimoga (55 km).

Thirthahalli bus stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like SRS Travels and Sri Durgamba Travels run regular buses to and from the town.  Check out for bus ticket discounts when you book your tickets online through 

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