Also known as Shivamogga, is at the central part of Karnataka, along the banks of River Tunga. At a 1800 ft above sea level, Shimoga’s explicit beauty lies in the green paddy fields and coconut groves. The name ‘Shivmogga’ was derived from the story that says Lord Shiva drank from the Tunga River using the mogge at this city and hence was called ‘shivamogga’. Another story that has been passed down to the generations is that the city is also called as ‘sihi-mogga’ which means ‘sweet pot’. Perfectly doing justice to the name, Shimoga is one of the top destinations for trekking near Bangalore and well as sweet escape for a weekend getaway.
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In November 2006, the Indian Government declared the renaming the town from Shimoga to ‘Shivamogga’. The climate is tropical wet and dry. This means that the winter and the early part of summer are typically dry periods.
The majority of the rainfall occurs between June and early October. Shimoga is a part of a region known as Malnad (land of hills) in Karnataka. This region is known for plentiful rainfall and lush greenery and declared during 2012 as a World Heritage site. Shimoga being the closest gateway for this hill region, is also known as the ‘Gateway of Malnad’.
Like most cities and towns in Karnataka, Shimoga is also known for its well resourced education system and institutes. The town houses some of the most well known educational institutes in the country.
Apart from all this, the town is well known for the constant tourist attraction that keeps the crowd travelling for getaways. As the place also houses a number of waterfalls, one of the popular waterfalls, the Jog Falls flows along the edges of Shimoga. Keeping the land lush green and well irrigated, is River Tunga. Tourists can also spot a number of dams while visiting Shimoga.