Taking a Trek Through Agumbe
A lush green forest, spectacular views of the sunset and a cool and pleasant climate make Agumbe a wonderful place to visit. Situated in the Western Ghats, Agumbe is also a great place for those who love trekking.
Agumbe is a village located on top of a high plateau in the
Someshwara Ghats and is a must visit destination for those planning a holiday in Karnataka. The village is at a height of 2,710 eet and located in the
Shimoga district of Karnataka. The area receives heavy rainfall and Agumbe is
often called the Cherrapunji of South India.
The hill station shot to fame when
the TV show, Malgudi Days based on R K Narayan’s books – was filmed here. The
nearest town is Sringeri which is 23 km away. Yet another landmark of the
village is the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. It is India’s only permanent
rainforest research center.
See and Do at Agumbe
- The Sunset Point: Agumbe’s
Sunset Point attracts a lot of tourists. A trek to the top will give you a
wonderful view of the surrounding hills and the Arabian Sea cast in the
glow of the setting sun.
- The Waterfalls:
Several waterfalls dot the Agumbe landscape. The Kunchikal falls, which is
formed by the Varahi river, is one of the largest falls in India. Other
picturesque waterfalls in the area are the Barkana Falls, Koodlu Teertha,
Onnake Abbi and Jogi Gundi.
- The Barkana Falls are deep in the
forests of the Western Ghats. You have to trek nearly 7 kilometers away from
Agumbe to reach the falls. The view is from the Barkana platform is
breathtaking. You can see the valley and the huge waterfall created by the Sita
- Jogi Gundi is enroute to the
Barkana Falls. The pond here is the source of the river Malapahaari. The flow
of water has carved out a cave on the hillside which is around 50 feet deep.
The water gushes out of the cave in the form of a waterfall.
- Trekking: There are
some wonderful trails for trekkers in Agumbe. In fact, you can have
trekking trips to most of the water falls. The trekking is of easy to
moderate intensity and even beginners can have fun on the trekking trails
- Temples: There are
several temples that are worth a visit. This includes the Lord
Gopalakrishna temple built in the 14th century. The temple has eye-catching
sculptures done in Hoysala style.
to Visit Agumbe
The best time to visit Agumbe is during the winter months.
In fact, the tourists normally flow into the village from November to January and is the best time to book Agumbe tours in South India.
Agumbe falls on the NH-13.
You can drive down from Bangalore, which is 380 km away. The nearest railway
station is at Udupi. You can also fly down to Mangalore airport or take up tours from Bangalore and then drive
down. There are also several buses that ply between Mangalore and Agumbe. The
trip would take a little more than 3 hours.
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