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Popular among locals as '?ivamogga', the beautiful city of Shimoga is located on the banks of the Tunga River. This city in Karnataka state in India is believed to have derived its name from the term “Shiva-Mukha”, meaning “Lord Shiva's Face”. It forms a part of the Malnad region (land of hills) in the state of Karnataka and receives high rainfall. Due to the abundance of water, the city is covered with lush greenery. This ancient city has witnessed the reigns of various dynasties and has been a popular destination in modern times. There are several tourist places in Shimoga which never fail to enchant visitors with their awe-inspiring beauty.
Tourists on a Shimoga trip must visit the Jog Falls, situated amid beautiful green surroundings, which is an immensely popular location. It lies on the fringe of Shimoga and is the second highest plunge waterfall in India. Close to this marvel of nature is the Linganamakki Dam. The dam, built on the Sharavathi River, sits at a height of 1819 feet above sea level and feeds the Mahatma Gandhi Hydroelectric Project.
Other places to visit in Shimoga include the Tunga Anecut Dam and the B.R.P. Dam. The Tunga Dam is an ideal place for visitors to get a panoramic view of the city. The B.R.P. Dam is also situated near Shimoga city and is built across the Bhadra River. The river, where tourists can enjoy boating, has many small islands in its course.
For wildlife enthusiasts, the Tyarekoppa Lion Safari is an interesting place to visit which boasts of wild creatures like Lions, Tigers, Cheetah, Bears and several varieties of migratory birds. Sakrebayalu Elephant Camp is also visited by a large number of tourists.
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