Agumbe Tourism

Agumbe Tourism

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173 Ratings & 98 Reviews

Agumbe Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Shimoga
In the state of Karnataka, within the Shimoga District is the hill station of Agumbe. It is a little village nestled on a plateau on the top of the Someshwara Ghat. In the old days, when people used to travel to erstwhile Bombay to colonise there, they would say “agumbe” which meant ‘will eat later’, where ‘later’ stood for ‘the time after descending the hilly terrain’.

A lot of waterfalls dot the areas in different hills and peaks in Agumbe. Situated between the Shimoga and Dakshin Kannada districts, Agumbe is accessible from the nearest town of Sringeri at a distance of 26 km. There are some remnants of temples and artistic sculpture of the Hoysala rule in the 14th century.

Landmark Point of Agumbe village is marked by a microwave tower. This village is primarily a hill which is the highest in the Western Ghats and is termed as the Cherrapunji of South India. It receives the highest amount of rainfall in Southern India and the second highest in the country. Agumbe hill is one of the four peaks in the Western Ghats that borders the mainland and divides it from the coast.

Along the slopes are the lowland rain forests, which are the second largest in the world. For carrying out various research activities and due to the rainfall in this region, there is the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS), which is the only permanent rainforest research station in India.

Agumbe is also called as the ‘capital of king cobra’ due to the variety of species of cobra found. The television series of R K Laxman’s Malgudi Days was shot here. Also, the presence of the famous herpetologist Romulus Whiitaker in the Rainforest Research Centre has brought a number of researchers as well as tourists to this place.

Many hills, rivers and streams are hidden within the deep forests and slopes in and around Agumbe. And within these landscapes are many birds and animals including reptiles and plant species, some of which are rarely found in other parts of the world. Trekking and other mountaineering activities can be done in these slopes and forest regions.

From Bangalore, this hill station is at a distance of 380 km and 100 km from Mangalore and has communication through road to other neighbouring cities. Buses are available from the nearby towns of Sringeri and Shimoga. The best time to visit Agumbe is during the winter months.

Agumbe is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Sringeri and Kudremukh.

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Soumyajit Kundu

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 50 photos
  • 97 Reviews
  •  463 helpful votes
  •  147078 readers

"Small beautiful town in the ghats region"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Excellent place situated in the ghats region, located between Shimoga and Udupi. Good for trekkers. Few homestays are available and one hotel Mallya Residency. All the people are very helpful speak local language, hindi and English and help you with whatever information they have.
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  • 6 votes

Sushmitha  Ariga

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  • Sushmitha Ariga
  • Lives in Mangalore
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  • 5 Reviews
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"Beautiful place!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 10, 2016
I visited this place on march. I feel it was definitely not the right time to visit this place. I & my friends went on a road trip from Mangaluru. Road to Agumbe was fine but be careful while driving on the narrow zigzag road. It took almost 3 hours to reach Agumbe. You will welcomed by Enthralling views!!! Visit Sunset point, Boating, Onake abbi falls, jogigundi falls, Barkana falls, Rainforest research station, Agumbe Ghat. You will find koodlu teertha falls when you are on your way to Agumbe. Don't miss it. You will need atleast 2 days to roam there. You can stay there in Doddamane ( A 125 year old house where malgudi days was shot ) But you need to book it. Contact detail- 08181233075. Easy to locate. Its on the way.
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Rajiv Nanda

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  • Rajiv Nanda
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
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"Nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2016
If you really want to spend your weekend with a beautiful place then Agumbe is the best. You can go to Agumbe by bike or car from Bangalore. Its also a good picnic place for who have with their families. It's good to go there in the month of January or February.
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Samir Saurav

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  • Samir Saurav
  • Lives in Patna
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"Really worthy for the efforts we took to reach to destination as full masti"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 24, 2015
I am northern region person who rarely have chance to visit such exciting places as I was reading in Manipal in that occasions because of which we think to visit such spots. If you nature lover and believe in adventure then must come out to these western ghats exciting places as it will give you utter pleasure in advancing your entertainment.
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Soumik Samadder

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"An adventurous trip to Agumbe Rain Forest"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 24, 2015
Staying in the middle of the forest is an awesome experience. Every moment something was happening around. The Forest Never Sleeps !!!

A walk through the forest at night is very thrilling, feels like a blanket of darkness covering you all around. The silence around has its own way to communicate. The sound of the bugs and insects gives a chill. Keep watch around and be careful where you place your step. Its dangerous but still the experience is awesome !!

You can find various types of birds, butterflies, snakes(especially vipers and king cobras) and insects in this forest region. If you are visiting during the rainy season be careful of leeches. Torches, binoculars and raincoats are must.

There is a Rainforest Research Station situated in the middle of the forest and a sunset point nearby.

We booked a traveler and reached there.
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Vinay Gowda

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  • Vinay Gowda
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 25 Reviews
  •  129 helpful votes
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"Mesmerizing Ghats"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 6, 2014
This place is also called ' chirapunji of karnataka ' as it records highest rain fall so its beauty as well. Don't forget to visit DODDAMANE, hats off to their hospitality. where few episodes of Malgudi days were shot. There are many tourist attractions around where all of them stands unique. Major attractions and must watch places are sun set point, barkana falls, Koodlu theertha. NOTE : If you are travelling in mansoon be ready to get attacked by leeches around since this small village is surrounded by dense forest so to get rid of them carry salt.
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Ninad Mg

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"Good transport facilities"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 16, 2014
Agumbe is one of the best tourist place in Karnataka. It attracts tourists with its special weather condition and beautiful locations. One can see the beautiful sunrise and sunset from a point located in Agumbe. The transport facilities are very nice.
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Anantha krishnan Balasubramanian

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  • Anantha krishnan Balasubramanian
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2013
Good place to visit during rainy season or winter season. Avoid staying at Mallya residency , worst ever experience we had

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Doddamane is good for food.

Activities & things to do: OK

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: OK
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Raj Ks

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"A good place to relax"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2013
It is in shimoga district , the place where R K Narayan's novel malgudi days were filmed. A good place where we can go experience simple life and enjoy a village life , so come their to experience this .

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Agumbai have few small hotels but clean and neat and food is available from morning 6 to evening 8.30 . There is two water falls and one is inside the jungle and Sringeri temple and then dharamsatala

Activities & things to do: Sun set seeing , water false , temples and journey through rain forest

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nearest railway station is udupi from there it is about 55 kms ( and mangalore 102 kms). In night travel is not that safe since the area was under naxel movement
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Narayanan U.s.

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"Agumbe,the home land of Rain..!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2012
Reaching Agumbe we have a special feel of going inside the clouds.The place were we get maximum rainfall in south India.This place is selected for 'Malgudi' in the famous novel 'malgudi days' by R.K.Narayanan. There is a sunset point from which we can visualise the pictorius sunset.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not at all a town, sight seeing is the sun set point itself.

Activities & things to do: Just going through the village itself is the activity.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Mangalore, Uduppi, Kolloor, Murudeswar, Jog falls, Shimoga, lion safari, sringery, agumbe and return to mangalore. It will take minimum two days and nights. Free food available at Mookambika, murudeswar, sringery etc.
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