Agumbe is famous for the Western Ghats, King Cobra, Rainfalls, Waterfalls/streams and variety of fauna and flora, a spectacular sunset, Agumbe offers too many options for nature enthusiasts / trekkers. It’s a massive rain-forest and home for many research stations to study Herpetology (Mainly King Cobra) and variety of Medicinal Plants. Tigers, Leopards and other wild species are spotted here.
Agumbe receives the highest rainfall in South India and second highest in India, that is 7,640 mm of mean annual rainfall. Agumbe forests (as well as nearby Someshwara Wild Life Sanctuary) is declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located in Thirthahalli taluk of Shivamogga District (Malnad region), 2,725 ft above sea level, Adjacent to Someshwara wildlife sanctuary. Agumbe village itself is so interesting, peaceful, calm and so impressive. The weather is amazing round the year with lush greenery surrounded by verdant hills. Popular TV Serial “Malgudi Days” was shot in Agumbe.
Experience the biodiversity of Western Ghats when you drive from Agumbe to Someshwara. Roads are very steep and curvy, passing through the lush green forest. Be patient and do not RUSH to complete the ghat section.
One the best place to view the sunset in the Western Ghats. Stunning, picturesque locations can be seen across the length and breadth of the mountain range. The sun turns into a glorified shining orange ball and then it showcases its creativity by forming amazing forms over the clouds. The place is overcrowded most of the times during Sunset.
The 120-year-old house named Doddamane where few episodes of popular TV Series Malgudi Days was shot (directed by Shankar Nag, a novel written by RK Narayan). Just ask for Doddamane or Kasturi’s house, people will guide you to this place.
There is a small lake / Pond near the forest check post worth a visit. Kids would love this place.
If you are nature lover, specifically post-monsoon (Sept to Nov). This place is excellent for a small trek inside the forest and scenery. Visitors can get the pass/ticket at Forest check post to enter the remote road leading to Falls. Need to walk around 600 meters to reach falls after parking vehicle at the gate.
Must visit place. An amazing waterfall in a very remote area near Hebri in Udupi district. 16 Km one side journey from Someshwara Town (On Udupi – Agumbe Road). The road leading to Koodlu Theertha Falls Check post is mostly raw & has very few signboards. The view of the Waterfall is Mesmerizing. The place is clean with clear cold water & awesome scenery around.
Waterfalls can be reached through 2 different routes. Need to take permission from Forest Dept in Someshwara / Agumbe to reach this place. This place is home to many Snakes, leeches like many places in Agumbe, so need to be careful.
Falls found on Narashima Parvatha Trek route. Good to visit post-monsoon between Sept to Dec.
Trek has 2 routes. 1 from Sringeri (Kigga) and other from Agumbe (longer and difficult). Need to take local help and forest dept permission to trek. Experience a mix of dense forest, grassland. Excellent place for nature & adventure lovers
Monolithic rock formation dotted with thick forests and numerous streams located 3,200 ft above sea level. Tourists, especially nature lovers come here to get a Beautiful view of Varahi Dam backwaters and mountains ranges. Ancient Jain Temple built in the 17th century is here.
The ideal time for tourists to Agumbe is post-monsoon season and winter ( Oct to Feb) (perfect for hiking and viewing the rain forest).
If you love to experience nonstop rain, power cut and leeches all round then Monsoon (May to Sept) is when you are supposed to be here.
The nearest railway station is Udupi Railway Station (50 km away from Agumbe) or Nearest Railway station would be Shivamogga Railway Station (90 km away from Agumbe)
There are trains which run every day from Bengaluru to Talaguppa, Shivamogga. The major two roads are via Shivamogga and another from Udupi. It depends on how you plan your trip. Many buses ply from Bangalore to Agumbe.
If you are planning a trip only to Agumbe and surrounding places then Shivamogga is the best route and if you are planning a coastal trip and then to Agumbe then take the Udupi route.
Bengaluru International Airport is 340 km far and the nearest Domestic Airport is Mangalore Airport is 100 km away from Agumbe.