Shivgiri Trails Estate is located right in the middle of the tiger reserve in the Yemmedoddi forests. It is a 100-year-old estate shrouded in greenery and holds the charm of the old world. Shivgiri is completely isolated from the outside world and that is the best part. It is a wonderful place to unwind de-stress and distances yourself from the chaotic city life. The forest offers adventure in the form of trekking, rock climbing and wildlife viewing. The forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife and birds and all day long the calls of the wild animals can be heard.
The closest airport to Shivgiri is the Bangalore airport at a distance of 235 km. The nearest railhead to Shivgiri is Hubli approximately 215 km away. Regular buses also ply from Hubli, Kollegala, Mysore and Bangalore to Shivgiri.
Throughout the year is good, except July and August because the monsoon makes trekking and other activities a little difficult.
There are few options for sightseeing in Shivgiri. The well-renowned Lord Shiva Temple, Madagadakere Lake and Doddabale Siddaragudda Peak are some of the places worth seeing in Shivgiri.
The Lord Shiva Temple in Shivgiri dedicated to Lord Shiva, is more than 400 years old and can be viewed from the zenith of the Doddabale Siddharagudda Peak.
Another place that makes for an interesting sight in Shivgiri is the Madagadakere Lake, which is one of the largest lakes near Shivgiri. Apart from enjoying the splendid view of the lake and its surroundings, visitors can enjoy boating in this lake.
The Doddabale Siddaragudda Peak, which is at an altitude of 5,500 feet presents beautiful panorama of the Lakeville Dam, Bhadra Lake, Yemmedoddi Village and Baba Budangiri Hills. The trek to the top can be rather tiring but hugely rewarding. To get to the top, walk through the thick coffee plantations and find droppings and pugmarks of animals by the dozens. Always take an experienced guide to lead on the trek as the forest is dense. The peak offers fabulous view of the rivers and the villages far below and one can see for miles.
Trekking and rock climbing are some of the adventure activities in Shivgiri that you can enjoy.