A gateway to the treasures of the Western Ghats, Shimoga is mostly visited as a stopover town. There are, nevertheless, a variety of fun things to see and do in the nearby towns and cities. Known as the Gateway of Malnad, Shimoga offers both Malnad and Udupi cuisine. An elephant friendly town, you might just catch an elephant signing for joy. Shimoga is now a bustling city, peeking at development.