Shivamogga, as per traditional derivations, the name pertains to Lord Shiva ( ‘Shiva – Mukha’ – Face of shiva , ‘Shivana – Mogu’ – Nose of shiva, ‘Shivana – Mogge’ – Buds of flowers meant for shiva ). According to the legend, the place had the ashram of the famous sage ‘Durvasa’ who was noted for his sharpness of temper. He used to keep on the oven a pot boiling with sweet herbs. Once, some cowherds, who chanced upon it, tasted the beverage out of curiosity and called the place ‘Sihi- Moge’ (Sweet Pot) , Which was later called as ‘SHIVAMOGGA’ .
How to Reach:
The Shimoga airport which is about 6 km from the heart of the city is still under construction. Flights are also operated to international locations such as Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait by several leading airlines such as Air India Express, Jet Airways, and Air Pegasus.
The Shimoga Nagar Railway Station has trains running to and from Bangalore and Mysore. However, there are no direct trains from other major Indian cities. The most availed trains from this rail junction are the Inter City Express Connection train and the Shivamogga Express.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) serves to connect Shimoga to other neighbouring cities such as Bangalore, Hubli, Sringeri, and Dharmastala. The Sholapur-Mangalore Highway (National Highway 13) and the Bangalore-Honnavar Highway (National Highway 206) ensure Shimoga remains connected to other nearby regions.