Agumbe - Western Ghats

About Agumbe

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.

Tourist Places in Agumbe

Agumbe Ghat Hairpin curves

Agumbe Ghat

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.

Agumbe Sunset View

Sunset View Point

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.

Doddamane - Agumbe - Kasturi Akka House


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.

Agumbe Pond / Lake Boating near Check Post

Agumbe Boating

There is a small lake / Pond near the forest check post worth a visit. Kids would love this place.

Water Falls (There are many waterfalls in and around Agumbe, few mentioned below)

Jogigundi Falls - Agumbe

Jogigundi Falls

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.

Koodlu Theertha Falls - Hebri - Near Someshwara , Agumbe

Koodlu Theertha Falls

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.

Onake Abbi Falls - near Someshwara, Agumbe

Onake Abbi Falls

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.

Barkana Falls - Narashima Parvatha Trek route. Agumbe, Thirthahalli

Barkana Falls

Falls found on Narashima Parvatha Trek route. Good to visit post-monsoon between Sept to Dec.

Narashima parvatha Trek - Agumbe, Sringeri, Kigga

Narashima Parvatha Trek

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 


Kundadri Hill

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.

Best time to Visit Agumbe

Best time to Visit

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.

How to Reach Agumbe - Someshwara to Agumbe

How to Reach

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.

Places around Agumbe

  • Agumbe Sunset View Point: (1 KM) World Famous Sunset View Point.
  • Onake Abbi Falls: (3 KM) Beautiful waterfalls amidst the Agumbe Rain Forest.
  • Jogi Gundi Falls: (5 KM) Waterfalls on a Rocky background.
  • Barkana Falls: (7 KM) An Amazing waterfalls seen from a distance.
  • Kundadri: (16 KM) A hill station with a Jain temple on the peak.
  • Mani Reservoir: (26 KM) Reservoir built across river Varahi.
  • Kavaledurga Fort: (37 KM)  Nayaka’s fort on top of a hill.
  • Siddeshwara Gudda: (29 KM) 200 ft. hill. Preferred for an early morning trek.
  • Thirthahalli: (32 KM) A panchayath town with an awesome climate.
  • Anandagiri Gudda: (34 KM) 300 ft. hill. Amazing view point to view the entire Thirthahalli town.
  • Chibbalagudde: (42 KM) Temple on the banks of river Tunga.
  • Kuppali: (44 KM) Rashtrakavi Kuvempu’s native, now a museum and place of interest for culture enthusiasts.
  • Kavishaila: (45 KM) A rock monument made of megalithic rocks and dedicated to Kuvempu.
  • Mandagadde: (62 KM) Bird Sanctuary on river Tunga.
  • Sakrebyle: (79 KM) Elephant training camp on the banks of river Tunga.
  • Gajnur Dam: (82 KM) Reservoir built across river Tunga.