Metals are ubiquitous in the modern industrialized environment. Heavy metals like cadmium, iron, molybdenum, lead, nickel, tin and zinc are present in the environment in trace concentrations .These metals are universally present in soil, water, air and biota. Eight plant species were chosen for the study purpose in and around Shivamogga city (Experimental site). Shankarghatta was chosen as a ... [Show full abstract] control site. The selected plant species are Polyalthia longifolia, Bauhinia purpurea, Anacardium occidentale, Artocarpus heterophyllus, Syzygium cumini, Terminalia catappa, Psidium guajava, and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. The heavy metals analyzed were found to be in extremely high concentration. The industrial areas of Machenahalli and Mandli were found to be severely polluted and hence the concentration of heavy metals in these areas was found to be very high. From the present investigation, it is evident that Shivamogga city (experimental site) is severely polluted, as comparing the data with control site (Shankarghatta).