Shimoga tours will take you to the tourist attractions of Keladi, Ballegavi and a couple of wildlife sanctuaries.
Also known as Dakshina Kedara, Ballegavi was the capital of Banawasi
rulers in the 12th century. Abode of several eminent Veershaiva saints
like Allama prabhu, Akka-Mahadevi, Animishayya and Ekantada Ramayya,
Ballegavi has a number of prominent temples. The Kedareshwara temple
hewn out of soapstone is a fine example of Chalukyan temple
The first capital of Keladi Nayakas, the village of Keladi is
well-known for a group of temples that exhibit elements of Kadamba,
Hoysala and Dravida style of temple architecture. Among the three, the
Rameshvara and Veerbhadreshvara temples are a mixed pattern of Hoysala
and Dravidian style while the Parvati temple is relatively small. The
Keladi Museum preserves a collection of copper inscriptions, palm leaves
and coins from Nayaka's period.
Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary
The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary is an ideal place for the winged
visitors. During the nesting season, migratory birds from different
regions of the world flock this island sanctuary. Surrounded by dense
lush green forest, the avian population of Mandagadde includes birds
like Egrets, Bellakki Cormorant, Darter, Snakebird, etc.
Tyarekoppa Lion Safari
Started in 1988, the Tyarekoppa lion-tiger safari is spread over an
area of 200 hectares. Inside the safari, one can get up close and
personal with the big cats roaming around fearlessly amid the verdant
forest. Regular recreation and sight seeing outings are organized by the
forest department for visitors.