Sagara, situated near Jog falls in Honnemardu, is a popular tourist destination in Shimoga District. This city is located in close proximity to historical sites like Ikkeri and Keladi, where the Sadashiva Sagara Lake was built by Sadashiva Nayaka, a king belonging to the Keladgi dynasty. The lake is now known under the name Ganapati Kere.
This city is renowned among travellers for pilgrimage sites like Marikamba Temple and Mahaganapati Temple. It is also located in the vicinity of Varadamoola, the point where river Varada originates. This city is surrounded on all sides by pristine natural beauty teeming with water and forests; the springs of Varada River attract many nature enthusiasts belonging to the Keladgi dynasty. The lake is now known under the name of Ganapati Kere.