IndiGo adds Shivamogga as 79th domestic destination

An IndiGo Airbus on the taxiway.
Sean D Silva (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons

IndiGo, India’s leading low-cost carrier, has announced Shivamogga as its 79th domestic destination and 109th overall destination in the 6E network. The airline will operate non-stop daily flights between Bengaluru and Shivamogga, starting August 31, 2023.

Shivamogga is a picturesque city located in the heart of Karnataka, and will become the sixth destination in the region for IndiGo.

Strengthening Karnataka’s connectivity

Shivamogga will shine as the sixth destination in Karnataka within the 6E network, following the footsteps of Bengaluru, Mysore, Mangaluru, Hubballi, and Belagavi.

This strategic addition to the list of destinations promises to enhance intrastate accessibility and significantly impact the way people travel within the state.

The direct flight service will not only facilitate ease of travel for locals but will also establish a vital link between Shivamogga and key domestic and international destinations through the bustling city of Bengaluru.

Comments from IndiGo leadership

Mr. Vinay Malhotra, the Head of Global Sales at IndiGo, gave commentary on the new venture, stating, “We are pleased to add Shivamogga to our extensive domestic network. This will be our sixth destination in Karnataka, 79th in India, and will enhance trade, tourism, and mobility across the state, and beyond.”

“By introducing air connectivity to Shivamogga, we also aim to provide easy access to neighboring areas while contributing to economic activity and employment opportunities,” he added.


Direct connectivity to and from Shivamogga will also serve as a gateway to the Malenadu region, renowned for its lush greenery and scenic landscapes, further strengthening the city’s tourist appeal.

“We will continue to uphold our promise of providing on-time, affordable, courteous, and hassle-free travel experience across a wide network,” Mr Malhoutra concluded.

Exploring the Gem of Karnataka – Shivamogga

Nestled along the tranquil banks of the Tunga River, Shivamogga stands as a testament to the natural beauty that Karnataka has to offer.

Often referred to as the “gateway to Malnad,” Shivamogga acts as the entry point to the hilly regions of the Western Ghats. The city’s geographical blessings include five major rivers – Tunga, Sharavathi, Kumudavath, Tungabhadra, and Varada – flowing through its heart, lending it an unparalleled charm.

Shivamogga’s moniker as the “rice bowl of Karnataka” is well-earned, thanks to its fertile soil and the presence of these numerous life-giving rivers. It’s a region renowned for its agricultural significance and its contributions to Karnataka’s sustenance.

Beyond its agrarian importance, Shivamogga boasts an array of captivating tourist attractions that beckon travelers from all corners. Here are some of the must-visit places:

Jog Falls: One of the most mesmerizing waterfalls in India, Jog Falls is a spectacle to behold. Its segmented structure and thunderous roar make it an unforgettable sight.

Kodachadri: A paradise for trekkers, Kodachadri offers panoramic views and lush trails. The Mookambika Temple atop the mountain is an additional spiritual draw.

Dabbe Falls: Hidden amidst the verdant Western Ghats, Dabbe Falls is a hidden gem that enchants with its pristine beauty.

Agumbe: Known as the “Cherrapunji of South India,” Agumbe’s rainforests and biodiversity are a haven for nature enthusiasts.

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary: Bird watchers will be delighted at Gudavi Bird Sanctuary’s vibrant avian population, making it a delightful retreat for ornithologists.

Kundadri: Offering breathtaking sunrise and sunset views, Kundadri is a monolithic rock formation that promises a serene escape.

Madhugiri Fort: History aficionados will relish the exploration of Madhugiri Fort, the second-largest monolithic hill in Asia.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: Spread over 490 square kilometers, this sanctuary is a sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna, including the majestic tiger.

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