Sanjay Memorial Polytechnic
The Sanjay Memorial Polytechnic is one of the most important educational institutes in the city. The Sanjay Memorial Polytechnic of Sagar imparts good-quality technical training in a variety of professional courses. Sanjay Memorial Polytechnic was started by Sri. Kagodu Thimmappa under Sanjay Vidya Peeta, Wide range of technical courses that are on offer in Sanjay Memorial Polytechnic are meant for the future Engineers
Radakrishna Public School (ICSE Syllabus),St. Joseph's Higher Primary School, Rotary school and Seva Sagar are the local schools for primary and higher primary education. Then, there are the Nirmala Girl's High School, MGN Pai (Janatha) H. Shivalingappa High School and Hongirana School of Excellence, which is CBSE school. Pragati Composite school is the only school which offers both primary and secondary education. The Government Pre-University College is in the heart of the city, LB and SBS College offers pre-university and degree courses. There is a government college called Smt Indira Gandhi First Grade College at SN Nagara for women's offering B.Sc. BA. B.Com. BBM and M.Com courses. For professional courses there is Sagar Gangotri law college, Sanjay Memorial Polytechnic diploma college, Sagar Gangotri nursing college, Sagar Gangotri arts and commerce college, a MDF Independent PU College, and a residential Hongirana Independent PU college (7 km from Sagara city towards Hosanagara).
Economy :The economy of Sagara is mainly driven by areca nut or betelnut, rice (paddy), spice and forest products trade.Betelnut is the major cash crop grown in the area. Along with areca nut, spices like pepper, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa are grown. The economy of the city is highly volatile and is dependent on the variation in the pricing of these agriculture products. Sagara APMC is one of the main market for areca nut in Karnataka.
Sagara has a relatively high number of Gudigars — families that for generations have been engaged in sandalwood and ivory carving. The Gudigar men make idols, figurines and knickknacks like penholders, agarbathi stands, cuff links, photo frames and paper clips; the women are adept at making garlands and wreaths out of thin layers of scraped sandalwood.
The Gudigars make some of the most exquisite pieces using simple tools like knives, screwdrivers, hand drills and saws. They work in the verandas of their houses. The items they make are sold through government emporiums and licensed private dealers. For a brief period during the 1990s and the early 2000s, Sagara was the hotspot for sandalwood smuggling. This eventually led to several feuds between the smugglers and the their activities almost stopped after the death of a smuggler called Udaya, who was hacked to death by the rival gang.
Transport :Bus service is provided by private bus operators and KSRTC runs buses that connect Sagara to other places in Karnataka and a few buses to other states. Sagara is well connected by road with Shimoga, Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli, Haveri,Sirsi, Davanagere, Hosanagara, Udupi, Honavara, Bhatkal, and other major cities. Sagara has its own railway station. The train station is known as Sagar Jambagaru. Two trains are running: one day train to Mysore and one night train to Bangalore. The nearest airport is Hubli Airport, which is about 159 km from Sagar.
(16206-16205) Mysore-Talguppa-Mysore (intercity), via Sagar, Anandapuram, Shimoga Town, Birur, Arsikere, Hassan, KR Nagar.
Arrives at 12:59 pm from Mysore. Departs at 2:50 pm to Mysore.
(16227-16228) Bangalore-Talguppa-Bangalore (express) via Sagar, Anandapuram, Shimoga Town, Birur, Arsikere, Tiptur, Tumkur.
Arrives at 6:33 am from Bangalore. Departs at 7:50 pm to Bangalore.
Sagara is surrounded by places of historical importance and natural beauty including the Marikamba Temple and the Mahaganapati Temple. One can find these places with the help of milestones and hoardings which are usually in Kannada.
KeladiA Shiva temple of historical importance is located 6 km from the city. One has to take a diversion at Sorab Road. There is a museum containing old manuscripts written during the Keladi dynasty.
IkkeriThis place is of historic importance due to the presence of a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. One has to take a diversion at B. H. Road and travel 6 km.
KalasiThis is another historically important place with a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is 8 km from the city and one has to travel along Sorab Road for 6 km and take a diversion.
Varadapura (Varadahalli/Vaddalli)This place is 6 km from the city where one has to take a diversion from Jog Road soon after the end of the city limits. It is famous for the samadhi of His Holiness Sri Sridhara Swami who was among the great saints of 20th century.
HonnemaraduHonnemaradu is situated on the banks of the backwaters of the Sharavathi river. A big water mass extends up to the Chakra dam. It is about 35 km from Sagara City towards Jog and 10 km from Talaguppa. Indian Institute For Adventure Applications is a training school situated here which uses adventure as a platform for learning.
HolebaagiluHolebaagilu is situated on the banks of the Sharavathi River about 30 km from Sagar. One has to take a diversion from B. H. Road towards Ikkeri Road to get there. The Sharavati backwaters of Linganamakki dam has submerged acres of land. It is a place of natural beauty. It is in Kolur Grama Panchayat limits. One has to take a flatboat to get across the backwaters to reach the other side where Sigandooru is. The first priority is given for locals and their vehicles in this launch since they are the affected ones due to this submersion. Madenur Dam which was submerged due to the construction of the Linganamakki Dam is at a short distance from here. It can be seen only during summer.
SigandooruSigandooru is a holy place of Goddess Chaudeshwari. A large temple of Goddess Chaudeshwari is here. This Goddess is a highly believed deity in Sagar and the surrounding taluks as a protector against theft and robbery. Coupons for entry will be distributed on first come first serve basis.
Jog FallsThe world famous Jog Falls ís in Sagara taluk, Shivamogga District. It is approximately 30 km by National Highway 206. Sharavati, a river which rises at Ambutirtha, near Nonabar, in the Tirthahalli taluk and takes the northwesterly course by Fatte petta, receives the Haridravati on the right below Pattaguppe and the Yenne Hole on the left above Barangi. On arriving at the frontier it bends to the west, and precipitating itself down the celebrated Falls of Gersoppa and passing that village (properly Geru-Sappe), which is really some 29 km distant, discharges into the sea at Honnavar in North Kanara. The name Sharavati, arrow-born, is in allusion to its flowing from the Ambutirtha, which was formed by a stroke of Rama's arrow. The stream is crossed by 70 anicuts, from which small channels are drawn having an aggregate length of 42 km. The magnificent Falls of Gersoppa or Jog are unquestionably the grandest natural beauty in Karnataka, rich as it is in splendid scenery. They eclipse every other falls in India and have few rivals in any part of the world.
"While excelled in height by the Cerosoli and Evanson cascades in the Alps, and the Falls of the Arve in Savoy, the Gersoppa cataract surpasses them in volume of water precipitated ; and while much inferior to Niagara in volume, it far excels those celebrated falls of the New World in height." L. Bowring says:- "It may truly be called one of the wonders of the world, for though the volume of water is less than that of the Cauvery, the immense height of the chief fall is almost without a parallel.