The name of the district 'Shimoga' is a derivative of ‘Shiva-Mukha’, which means 'Face of Shiva' hence it is also referred as Shiva-Mogga. Shimoga travel guide is full of references to the mesmerizing sceneries and serene spots. It is enclosed by the districts of Davanagere to the east, Haveri to the northeast, Chikmagalur to the southeast, Udupi to the southwest and Uttara Kannada to the northwest.
The city of Shimoga was formed during the third century BC during the reign of Emperor Ashoka. It has been ruled by the famous Indian dynasties of the Chalukyas, Kadambas, Gangas, Rashtrakutas, Keladi, Nayakas, Hoysals, Vijayanagar Kings and Mysore Maharajas.