The name of the city is derived from the terms Shiva-Mukha (Face of Shiva), Shivana-Moogu (Nose of Shiva) or Shivana-Mogge (Flowers to be offered to Shiva). Shimoga is known as cultural capital and also called as rice bowl of Karnataka.A major part of this district lies in the Malnad region of the Western Ghats. A region known for its green forests, plentiful rainfall, beautiful waterfalls and also of being the source of many rivers that flow in Karnataka. Shimoga City is the headquarters of this district. The most popular attraction of this district is the Jog Falls.
Shimoga district is divided into 2 Sub-divisions and 7 Taluks. The Sagar Sub-division comprises the taluks of Sagar, Shikaripura, Sorab and Hosanagara while the Shivamogga Sub-division comprises the taluks of Shivamogga, Bhadravathi and Thirthahalli.
Shimoga district has several places of tourist interest and also gifted with many scenic beauties such water falls, viz. Jog Falls, Kunchikal Falls, Barkana Falls, Achakanya Falls, Vanake-Abbey Falls, Hidlamane Falls, Dabbe Falls etc.
The Shimoga District has 5 distinct rivers flowing through the district. Tunga, Bhadra, Sharavati, Kumudavati, Vedavati. Shimoga is an important center for high school and Pre-University education in Karnataka.