Agumbe is located on a mountain pass that connects the plains of Karnataka with the coastal region, Agumbe is covered with verdant forests, sparkling streams and little cascades, making the region in the Western Ghats virtually a Garden of Eden. It receives an average rainfall of about 8000 mm and thus called “Cherrapunji of South India”. The view of the Sun setting into the Arabian Sea from Agumbe is not to be missed as it offers a clear line of sight of about 40 km. The world-famous herpetologist Romulus Whitaker has set up a tropical research station called the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) to study the endangered King Cobra species, which is also a major attraction. Hire Cabs / Cars / Tempo Traveler / Mini Bus / Bus from Tejas Tours and Travels to for the best travel experience.
Best time to visit Agumbe, Being in an evergreen landscape, the weather here is defined as sub-tropical humid. Although monsoon is the time when the entire region becomes denser, greener, and mistier, it is safe to avoid the rainy season since the soil is loose and the forests and nearby villages are often flooded. Winters are very chilly and cold and summers are hot and humid. So, the best time to explore is between November and February, when the weather is pleasant and land is dry.
Capital of Cobra Snakes
The lush green forests here are known to be home to a huge population of cobras and other rare species of figurative snakes. However, in spite of such a high number of poisonous snakes, the human-snake confrontation is very rare. Apart from King cobras, there are also other seasonal insects and worms like leeches, various kinds of beetles, earthworms, and more, which frequent the natural habitat in the monsoon.
Amazing facts about Agumbe
The Filming of Maude Days, Many episodes of the television series, Malgudi Days, based on R. K. Narayan popular novel was filmed in the expanses of this hidden gem of Karnataka. The 1985 serial was directed by Shankar Nag. In fact, the century-old abode of Kasturi Akka’s family in Agumbe was Swami’s home in the series. In 2004, director Kavitha Lankesh created a new set of episodes on Malgudi days and again shot many scenes in Agumbe.
Another amazing fact about this place lies in its natural reserve. Many medicinal plants and fungi have been only found out and the species are named “Agumbensis”.
Places to visit in Agumbe
Jogigundi Falls, The waterfall is located around three km from Agumbe. Situated on the way to the Barkana Falls, it can be reached on foot after a 10 to 15 minute trek. The waterfall is different from other waterfalls in the region as it flows out of a cave. You will be greeted by the natural swimming pool. The falls derives its name from the word Jogi, as it is believed that a Jogi or saint meditated inside the cave near the falls. Rent Mini Bus Bangalore from Tejas Tours and Travels for the market best price.
Agumbe Ghat and Sunset View Point, is one of the highest peaks of the Western Ghats offering a bewitching view of the setting sun on the horizon of the Arabian Sea. This point is situated at the 14th hairpin bend of the Ghat road that leads to Agumbe and attracts many tourists every year. One can have a splendid view of the setting sun along with some panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and even the Arabian Sea on a clear day. The color of the sun as it slips into the sea looks amazingly beautiful from Sunset Point. The sunset viewpoint is usually crowded. During monsoon, it gets quite cloudy but there are many picturesque locations around the place. Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM. Book Bangalore Cars from Tejas Tours and Travels for the affordable price.
Onake Abbi, is one of the many waterfalls that Nature has bestowed on this place. The waterfall derives its name from the word ‘Onake’, which refers to a long pole that is used to grind species in the local Kannada language. There is only one branch in the falls and it is like ‘onake’, hence the name. The fall is cascading down from a height of around 500 feet and is one of the tallest waterfalls that can be seen on the Western Ghats belt. Book Tempo Traveler online to explore Agumbe Waterfalls.
Places to visit near Agumbe, Apart from the famous tourist places, also include these scenic locales in your sightseeing itinerary.
Gopala Krishna Temple, is a 14th century temple of the Hoysala Period dedicated to Lord Krishna. Known for its beautiful sculptures, this unique temple was built under the guidance of renowned architect Muniyangala Krishna Prasad that represents the Hoysala art and architecture. The inner sanctum is covered with an additional external hall which is quite typical in Tulunadu style. There are 108 steps leading from the basement to the Garbha Gruha that symbolizes 108 names of Lord Krishna chanted through Sri Krishna Ashtotthara. Hire Cabs Bangalore from Tejas Tours and Travels for one day sightseeing package in Agumbe.
Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, was founded in 1974 with an area of 88.40 sq. km. In 2011, the sanctuary was subsequently expanded to 314.25 sq. km by adding Balehalli Reserve Forest, Agumbe State Forest, Someshwara Reserved Forest, and Tombatlu Reserved Forest areas. The expanded sanctuary forms a contiguous stretch of protected area that includes Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary, and Kudremukh National Park. The sanctuary was named after the presiding deity ‘Lord Someshwara’ of the famed Someshwara temple located within the sanctuary. The perennial Sita River flows through the sanctuary. Book Mini Bus Bangalore from Tejas Tours and Travels for the affordable price.
Things to do in Agumbe, The tourism involves a lot of thrilling activities and things to do within the Agumbe rainforest area. With an all-natural environment, you have plenty of options for hiking, trekking, camping, forest exploration, and bird watching.
Waterfall Hopping: There are three more waterfalls you can visit- Kudlu Theertha, Jomlu Theertha, and Kunchikal Falls.
Agumbe Ghat Road Riding: This ghat is popular for winding routes with hairpin bends that spiral to the highest point.
Experience Trekking: The Kundadri hills near Agumbe is a popular spot among trekkers and hikers. The trek base is situated about 12 km from Thirthahalli. The trek route covers ancient Jain temples, lush tropical forests of the Western Ghats, and stunning views of sunsets.
Experience Homestays: The house from Malgudi Days is the most popular homestay here. You can experience the real culture and the way of life along with home-cooked food and interaction with the hosts and the residents.
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