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Shivamogga (Shimoga) has both Jog falls - the highest waterfall in India and Agumbe known as the Chirapunji of South India because it receives the highest rainfall in South India. Located at an altitude of 640 meters above sea level and situated at a distance of 273 Km from Bangalore it has 7 Talukas – Bhadravathi, Hosanagara, Sagar, Shikaripur, Shivamogga (Shimoga), Soraba and Thirthahalli. The district has a high literacy rate of 80.45%.

Economic Snapshot

Shivamogga (Shimoga)’s total GDP stands at INR 75.85 billion contributing 2.54%to state GSDP. It’s per capita annual income in the district being INR.61, 271. However, the GDDP trend has been growing at 4.3% CAGR from 2007-08 to 2012-13; with the Agriculture and Allied sector as the highest contributors at 4% for 2012-13.

Agriculture in Focus

Shivamogga (Shimoga) has 31.35% of its land under cultivation. Cereals are cultivated across 87.24% of the net sown area. Paddy (66%) and Maize (23%) occupy major share with Ragi, Jowar, Tur area under Pulses is scanty.
It grows Oil Seeds like Groundnut, Sunflower and Commercial Crops like Sugarcane and Cotton. The other Horticulture Crops are Coconut, Areca nut, Cashew, Ginger, Pepper, Cardamom, Vanilla, Chilies, Tomato, Bhendi, Watermelon, Muskmelon, Mango, Banana, Sapota, Pineapple, Chrysanthemum, Jasmine and Tuberose.

Industrial Landscape

Shivamogga (Shimoga) is the leading industry sector in terms of investments and income generated both in Agriculture and Food Processing segment. Proposal for Maize Food Park, Proposed Animal Feed Unit with an investment of INR 0.25 billion are on the anvil. 2 Rice Mills Clusters in Shikaripura and Shivamogga Taluk present here augment the sector profile in the region.
Shivamogga (Shimoga) has 11 Large and Medium scale Industries with aggregated investment INR 8.49 billion and 7,664 MSME industries with aggregated investment INR 2.40 billion well served by 4 Industrial Area and 6 Industrial Estates. It also has a Special Economic Zone existing at Machenahalli with a focus on IT spread across 221.62 acres. The district also has a 40 acre IT/BT park being started in Shivamogga by KEONICS with an investment of INR 0.16 billion.
Plans are on to build Malnad Multipurpose Exhibition Centre with an investment of INR .0425 billion on PPP basis. With 13,126 self-employed artisan in the district; Handicraft is a booming sector. 3 Wood Carving Clusters in Sagar, Shivamogga and Sorab Taluks, A Wood Turning and Laquerware Cluster in Bhadravati Taluk, a Cane and Bamboo Cluster in Agumbe Taluk and a Shopping bags/fancy items and Toys Cluster in Shivamogga Taluk add the much needed impetus to help them thrive in the district.
The region is looking forward to a proposed Manufacturing Hub with an investment range of INR 0.48-0.96 billion. Other opportunities for investment include Mini Hydro Power Plants 3MW to 5 MW, Wind mills and more
The focus sector in Shivamogga (Shimoga) include Iron and Steel, Paper Mills, Dairy Units, Soaps and detergents and Automobile based units.

Land and Soil

Shivamogga (Shimoga) has 32.66% forest cover in its region. It holds a 24.37% un cultivated land and 11.62% remaining land is available too. A 3105 acre land bank has been identified for development in the district. Soils are suited for different crops with varied Agro climatic conditions.
It has natural resources like Lime Stone, Manganese, China Clay, Building Stone,
Laterite and Alluvial Soil.

Water Reserves

Shivamogga (Shimoga) has 7 major rivers Tunga, Bhadra, Kumudwathi, Varada, Kushawati, Dandawati and Sharavathi and 9 major reservoirs including Linganamakki, Ambligola and Tunga that account for 350 Kms of river flow and 48000 Ha of water sheet in the district.
The district net irrigated area is 55% to the net area sown. The Total Water Supply in the district is 155 MLD with per capita water supply set to a 124 L in this region.
Shivamogga (Shimoga) average water demand in the district both Industry and Domestic is 1350 LPCD whereas the consumption remains high with average consumption including Industry and Domestic is 1098 LPCD.

Power Supply

Shivamogga (Shimoga) power supply transmission is done by Mangaluru (Mangalore) Electricity Supply Company Ltd.
However it generates its own power. Plus the district has surplus power and accounts for 30 % of the power generated in Karnataka
The various generating units that contribute to the power supply and surplus are

  • The Sharavathi Hydro Electric Project that has 10 units with an installed capacity of 1035 MW.
  • Linganamakki Dam Powerhouse with 2 units with an installed capacity of 55 MW
  • KPCL Gerusoppa Dam Project has 4 Units with an installed capacity of 60 MW each, i.e. 240 MW in all.
  • Plus Stage I and Stage II of the Varahi Hydro Electric Project has a total installed capacity of 230 MW each

The Average annual consumption of power in the district is way lower than the average demand of power in this region. The industry demands 100 MW as against their Consumption at 26.85 MU. Likewise the Domestic Consumption is a mere 19.13 MU as compared to its demand of 70 MW.

Knowledge Capital

Shivamogga (Shimoga) has a few good networks of educational institutions with 1 Dental, 2 Medical, and 2 Engineering Colleges present in the district. It also has 4 polytechnics and 16 Degree colleges operational.
Some of the key institutes include Kuvempu University, Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering, Shivamogga Institute of Medical Sciences, Sharavathi Dental college and Prerana Education Society –Institute of Technology and Management

Medical Resources

The civic infrastructure for healthcare is well covered by 105 Primary healthcare centers and 119 Government hospitals and 210 Community healthcare centers to cater to the need of the people.


Shivamogga (Shimoga) is well connected across Road, Rail, Air and Sea. 221 kms of National Highway and 980 kms of State Highways pass through the district with a Railway route length of 130.88 kms passes through the region too.

Three International and Two Domestic airports coupled with the district very own upcoming Airport is a Greenfield project made available for enhanced connectivity. Shivamogga (Shimoga) has access to Port infrastructure at Mangaluru, Karwar, Goa and Chennai that ensures high accessibility to the region.

Shivamogga (Shimoga) has a functional IT SEZ by KEONICS spread across 1,00,000 Sq. at a cost of US$ 5 million. The SEZ offers IT workspace fully loaded on Infrastructure needs like Power, Water, High speed connectivity and comprehensive facilities like ATM, Bank, Gymnasium, Food court, Tour and Travels etc. to offer the best plug and play workspaces in the region.
Phase 1 is completed and operational now with Government of Karnataka extending all concessions and benefits as per IT policy of the state.
The infrastructure readiness in the district is a notch higher with opportunity for development and operation of Airports on a one to one basis. The district also has 13 MT capacity cold storage for Milk Products in the region

Additional project

ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ, ಸಣ್ಣ ಮತ್ತು ಮಧ್ಯಮ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನಾಲಯ
ನಂ.49, 1ನೇ ಮಹಡಿ, ಸೌತ್ ಬ್ಲಾಕ್,
ಖನಿಜ ಭವನ, ರೇಸ್ ಕೋರ್ಸ ರಸ್ತೆ,
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು - 560  001

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