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Explore the Scenery at Shivgiri

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 26 days ago

Shivgiri is an enchanting forest located above the Yemmedoddi village in the Hoggarekangri hills and towards the north of the Baba Budan Giri hills, in the state of Karnataka. This 100 year old reserve is famous for showcasing the vibrancy of nature.


Shivgiri is very remote and serene making it an ideal destination for tourists to escape the bustle and monotony of city life. Some of the popular activities one can enjoy on their Shivgiri tours in Karnataka are trekking, wildlife spotting and rock climbing which makes it a haven for adventure lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. 


Bird watching is also a popular activity here and the delightful sound of birds chirping can be constantly heard. The mighty Doddabale Siddaragudda Peak (5500 feet) is situated in the region and offers a magnificent view of the Lord Shiva Temple.


Best Time to Visit Shivgiri

Shivgiri can be visited throughout the year. However, one must avoid booking Shivgiri holiday packages in South India between the months of July and August because of the onset of monsoon which does not allow you to indulge in any adventure activity.


Shivgiri- Activities and Adventures

  • Trekking: This isolated region has an upward slanting trekking trail which is challenging, yet beautiful. You can see animal droppings and their footmarks all along the trail which are evidences that an animal traversed the path at some point of the day. Treks are usually organized to reach the Doddabale Siddaragudda Peak. A magnificent view of Bhadra River and Lakeville Dam is offered. You can also see Yemmedoddi village and Madagadakere Lake. According to the local folklore, this lake fills up with magic rain.
  • Bird Watching: This is an enjoyable activity in the region as it is filled with a variety of exotic birds. Some of the birds include babblers, mynas, barbets, finches, sunbirds and woodpeckers. You can carry a pair of binoculars for bird watching.
  • Wildlife Spotting: The reserve serves as a habitat for a variety of wild animals. Wild boars, deer, sloth bears, tigers and panthers are often spotted in this region. Tigers and panthers inhabit some of the caves which are found in this region.

How to get there?

If you prefer an air travel, then the closest airport is the Bangalore International Airport which is situated at an approximate distance of 235 kilometers from Shivgiri. The nearest railway station is located at Hubli which is 215 kilometers from Shivgiri. KSRTC buses are available upto Shivgiri from cities like Bangalore, Hubli, Mysore and Kollegala. Taxis can also be hired till Shivgiri on booking packages from Bangalore.

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