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.
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.
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.
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.
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.