Chikmaglur : Shivgiri is an ideal destination for those with a yen for nature tourism. The thick, dark forests of Shivgiri are located near the Yemmedoddi village and cover the slopes of the Hoggarekangri hills in the Chikmagalur district.
Among Coffee Plantations and... Tigers?
Shivgiri is well known not just for its forests, but also for the extensive coffee plantations. The 100 year old estate is located right at the top of the hill and its position is rather unique it is located in the middle of a tiger reserve and it's not unusual to see the majestic beast taking a stroll around the coffee plants.
The Doddabale Siddaragudda Peak at Shivgiri stands at an elevation of 5,500 feet and has a 400 year old Shiv temple. Other sightseeing options include the Madagadakere Lake and the Muthodi Wild Life sanctuary. The Muthodi sanctuary is nearly 65 kilometers away from Shivgiri, but is definitely worth the trip for a glimpse of rare, endangered species of birds and animals.
The forests of Shivgiri are difficult to access during the monsoon months. At other times, it is a great place to enjoy a spot of rock climbing and trekking. Shivgiri lies 235 kilometers from Bangalore and 215 kilometers from Hubli, which is the nearest railway station.