Agumbe Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021

Agumbe, popularly known as the ‘Cherrapunji of South’, is a tiny village nestled in the thick rainforests of Western Ghats in Karnataka. It is one of the last surviving rainforests in India which receives an average of around 7,000mm of rainfall annually. With a population of around 500 people, Agumbe is situated in the Thirthahalli taluka of Shimoga district of North Karnataka.

Agumbe is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for its rich biodiversity, waterfalls and red-hazy sun-set over the Arabian Sea. The village is also known as the ‘Cobra Capital’ of India because of the number of Cobras that are found here and could be encountered while driving along the Ghats. It is also a home to more than 70 other species of snakes.

Far from the hustle and bustle of cities, it is India’s one of the best places to explore the wildlife and the scenic views of Western Ghats. The major attraction of Agumbe is its dense forests where tourists enjoy trekking, hiking, rafting and bike-riding. Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is also a major tourist attraction of this place where one can easily witness different species of butterflies, snakes, deer, scorpions, moths and many more animals.

Since it is situated at an altitude of 249m above sea level and surrounded by Western Ghats, the temperature remains pleasant for most parts of the year. Although, the best season to visit Agumbe is post-monsoon and winter as rain makes this place more green and beautiful to visit.

The temperature remains between 16 degrees Celsius to 23 degree Celsius in the post rainy season. It's the best time to explore the scenic view of lush greenery and high mountains covered with dense fog.

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  1. What are the best places to visit in Agumbe?

    1. Sunset View Point: Located at one of the highest peaks of the Western Ghats, this place is a ten-minute walk from Agumbe village. The point gives a mesmerizing view of the sun surrounded by the Western Ghats with dark clouds, dipping into the Arabian Sea.

    2. Barkana Falls: Barkana falls is located in the Ballehali forest region which is 10 km from Agumbe village. It is among the ten highest waterfalls in India with a total height of 850 meters. Travelers can either trek to the waterfall or choose the motorable path.

    3. Kundadri Hills: It is a two days moderate trek to the hills and considered as one of the best hills of Agumbe to trek. The hill has a Jain Temple and two ponds at its top which were constructed in the 17th century.

    4.Onake Abbi Falls: Onake Abbi falls is a 4-5 km trek from Agumbe comprising the serene trail of flora and fauna. The trek starts from Someshwar through dense forest and rocky slopes. It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the waterfall from Someshwar.

    5. Jogigundi Falls: It is located 3 km from Agumbe and a perfect place to chill with friends. It is a small waterfall with a pond that is filled with the water of the Malaphaari River. The pond is not so deep, so tourists can play and swim in the water.

    6. Rainforest Research Station: It is one of the most popular ecological research institutes in India. The research station was established in 2005 to conserve the south Indian rainforests. It is situated inside the Agumbe Reserve Forest at Agumbe in the central Western Ghats.

    7. Koodlu Theertha Falls: The fall is located 20 kms from Agumbe and is near the Sunset View Point. The waterfall is formed by the water of Seeta River that falls from a height of around 300 feet into a pond. It is a 4kms trek and trekkers can reach the fall through a bridge built across it.

    8. Gopal-Krishna Temple: Built in the 14th-century, the temple attracts tourists with its architecture and beautiful sculptures. There are 108 steps leading to the temple that is built on the names of Lord Krishna.

    9. Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary: Located around 20 km from Agumbe, the Sanctuary is a home for tiger, leopard, jackal, dhole(wild dog), king cobra, giant flying squirrel, mouse deer and other wild species of fauna.

    10. Kunchikal Falls: It is a 455 meters waterfall, considered to be higher than the Jog Falls. The waterfall is formed by the Varahi River and is the main source for one of the hydro-electricity projects in Karnataka.

  2. What are the best things to do in Agmube?

    1.Trekking: Agumbe is nestled in the Western Ghats and trekking is one of the best possible ways to explore every hidden corner of this village. Narasimha Parvatha Trek is the most popular trek with the highest peak in Agumbe.

    2. Hiking:
    Agumbe is an ideal destination for hiking. To reach Agumbe's waterfall, tourists have to walk through the dense forests of the Western Ghats which give an enchanting experience to the hikers.

    3. Exploring forests and wildlife:
    Agumbe has a rich biodiversity with several species of flora and fauna. It is a home for rare species of medicinal plants and reptiles, snakes, birds and animals. King cobra is the main attraction of tourists at the Agumbe’s rainforest.

    4. Photography:
    Agumbe Rainforest is the best place for nature and wildlife photographers. From its sunset point to the highest waterfalls to its fauna. Photographers generally capture the rare species of animals and plants at this place.

    5. Sightseeing:
    This village of Karnataka is filled with waterfalls, mountains, ponds, and greenery. There are various spots that give a perfect panoramic view of this beautiful hill station.

    6. Visiting Ancient Temples: This place has a few ancient temples that are counted as must-visit tourist spots because of their architecture and stories behind it. Gopala Krishna Temple and Sringeri Sharada Peetham are the most popular temples of Agumbe.

    7. Wildlife Sanctuary:
    Agumbe is a home for rare species of animals and birds and these are preserved by the wildlife sanctuaries of this area. Tourists can enjoy the beauty of the fauna with their friends and family.

    8. Sunset:
    Agumbe is famous for the view of the sun-kissed Arabian Sea surrounded by the Western Ghats. This breath-taking view is one of the best sunset views in the country. Tourists can spend as much time as they want to feel the peace and beauty of this place.

    9. Rafting at Sitanadi:
    During the monsoon, when the river flows at its peak, rafting takes place annually at Sitanadi. There are different rafting packages available depending on the distance and timings. It is a great adventurous activity at Agumbe.

  3. Which is the best time to visit Agumbe?

    October to February is considered as the best time to visit Agumbe. The weather remains pleasantly cold and the temperature drops about 18°C in winter.
    Since Agumbe is close to the coast, the temperature reaches 35°C during summers and experiences heavy rainfall during Monsoon.
  4. What is famous in Agumbe?

    Agumbe is famous for its western ghats, greenery, biodiversity and waterfalls. The spectacular view of the sunset dip in the Arabian Sea attracts tourists in a large number.
    The Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Agumbe Rainforest Research Center, Jogigundi Falls, Koodlu Theertha Falls, Onake Abbi Falls, Narasimha Parvatha Trek and Dodda Mane Agumbe are the most visited places in Agumbe.
  5. How do I get to Agumbe?

    By Air: There are two airports nearer to Agumbe: Mangalore International Airport which is 106 km and Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport which is 378 km away from Agumbe. One can fly from all major cities to these airports to reach Agumbe.

    By Rail: The nearest railway station is Udupi which is 54 km from Agumbe. From Udupi railway station cabs or public transports are available to Agumbe.

    By Road: KSRTC buses are available from Bangalore, Mangalore, Shimoga, and Udupi to Agumbe.

  6. How far is Agumbe from Bangalore?

    The distance from Bangalore to Agumbe is around 346 km by road and it takes a maximum of 8 hours to cover the distance. For those who can’t drive, can take buses or don’t have their own vehicles can choose the option of private taxis or public buses that run from Bangalore to Agumbe on a daily basis.

    By Road: Travelers who like to drive, can drive till Shimoga then take a road to Thirthahalli. Agumbe is thirty minutes drive from Thirthahalli.

    By Train: There is no direct train connectivity to Agumbe from Bangalore. So, train lovers can take the train from Yesvantpur to Shimoga. From Shimoga, it's a two hours bus journey from Shimoga bus stand to Agumbe.

  7. Why is Agumbe known as Cherranpunji of South India?

    Agumbe is a small village in North Karnataka which receives over 7000 mm of rainfall annually, making it the second rainiest place in India after Cherranpunji.
    That’s why it is called the Cherranpunji of South India.
  8. How can I go to Agumbe from Shimoga?

    By Road: Shimoga is around 90 kms from Agumbe. If you are driving, take the road to Thirthahalli from Shimoga to reach Agumbe. There are private buses as well which run Shimoga to AGumbe but the frequency is not that good.

    By Train: There is no direct train to Agumbe. Shimoga is the nearest railway station. From here one can take private taxis or buses.

  9. How can I go to Agumbe from Bangalore?

    By Road: The distance between Agumbe and Bangalore is 362 km. It takes almost 7 hours to reach Agumbe from Bangalore by road. One can take a KSRTC bus or private bus or hire a taxi or drive a car from Bangalore to Agumbe.

    By Train: There are no direct rail services available from Bangalore to Agumbe. One has to take a train from Yesvantpur railway station to Shimoga then take a bus or hire a cab to Agumbe.

    By Air: Bangalore Airport is 378 km far from Agumbe. One has to take a bus or cab or train to reach Agumbe from Bangalore.

  10. Which are the best places to stay in Agumbe?

    Agumbe is a small village, so there are a few places available to stay. Although, there are various places near Agumbe that provide good hotel services and are safe to stay within the distance of 100 kms to this place. Some of the popular places are:

    1, Manipal (49 kms):
    Some of the best hotels in Manipal are- Hotel Madhuvan Serai, Fortune Inn Valley View, Green Park Suits, Hotel Tranquil.

    2. Udupi (55kms):
    The Ocean Pearl, Kediyoor Hotels, Hotel Udupi Residency, Hotel, Swadesh Heritage, Hotel Sri Krishna Residency, Paradise Isle Beach Resort, Malpe are the best hotels in Udupi.

    3. Kundapur (60 kms):
    There are various hotels and homestays are available in Kundapur. Some of them are-Shivaprasad Grand, Chalukya International, Coqueiros Beach Cottages, Sahana Orchid Hotels.

    4. Shimoga (95 kms):
    Green View Clarks Inn, Hotel Mayura Gerusoppa Jogfalls, Hotel Jai Maata Grandeur, Heritage Homestay in Thirthahalli are some of the best hotels to stay in Shimoga.

    If someone wishes to stay in Agumbe only, then that person can avail these options:

    1. Dodda Mane:
    It is a 150 years old homestay with limited rooms and authentic food. It is 2-3 mins walking distance from Agumbe Bus Stop.
    Address: Agumbe Main Road, State Highway 27, Agumbe.

    2. Hingaara Nature Stay:
    It is a 350 years old heritage home located near Agumbe. The homestay offers a list of various activities to the tourists like village tours, farm tours, adventure treks, rope games, wildlife sessions, and campaigns to make the trip memorable.
    Address: Guddekeri Post, Thirthahalli Taluk, Shimoga District.

    3. Mithila Nature Stay:
     It is a homestay located amidst Agumbe greenery. It is a good place to stay with friends and family.
    Address: Agumbe Circle, Behind Agumbe panchayat office, Agumbe.