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Kundadri Hills Agumbe-Nice for sunrise & sunset

Kundadri Hills Agumbe-Nice for sunrise & sunset  Video Review
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Kundadri Hills

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24th Apr 17

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Reasons to go to Agumbe

1The lair of the King cobra
The lair of the King cobra

Agumbe, is a small village perched in the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary on the Western Ghats. Ever green rainforests, torrential streams and enormous waterfalls define this region. The forests, rich in biodiversity, offer exciting treks and wildlife sightings.  The wild becons!

Soumik: Staying in the middle of the forest is an awesome experience. 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 sound of the bugs and insects gives a chill. 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. 

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2Mangalore to Agumbe
Mangalore to Agumbe

Distance: Approximately 115 km

Suggested Route: National Highways 66 and 169

Ride through the coastal belt of Karnataka until Manipal and then begin your ascent into pristine and mysterious rainforests of Agumbe, the lair of the King Cobra.

HolidayIQ reviewer Damodar describes his ride on this route saying, Mangalore-Manipal-Hebri-Agumbe-Shimoga is lined with natural scenic stop that can apply brakes on any vehicle that's travelling along this route, for taking breath-taking pictures! A quick halt at the foothill of Agumbe for delicious homemade food at local hotels will take care of your appetite for long hours. The Jain Temple located at the hilltop is best visited at the rise of the day, for it provides the best aerial view of the entire Western Ghat Range. There is the famous sunset point and a falls too, both of which are preserved carefully by nature, and worth paying a visit. We happened to spot nature photographers looking for their subjects to click photos too.

Soumik, HolidayIQ reviewer, lists out things to do in Agumbe, "Staying in the middle of the forest is an awesome experience. 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 sound of the bugs and insects gives a chill. 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. "


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3Straight out of Malgudi Days, Agumbe
Straight out of Malgudi Days, Agumbe

Tucked away in the rainforests of the Western Ghats, Agumbe is "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." says HolidayIQ reviewer Raj KS. 

Agumbe's spectacular landscape is dotted with beautiful waterfalls. HolidayIQ reviewer Saurab Gupta says, "after coming from the Agumbe rainforest, we directly went to the Jogigundi Falls, and were mesmerized by the beauty of that place.” HolidayIQ reviewer Vinay Gowda adds, “Main attraction of this place is it’s waterfalls within super rock structures.”

Distance from Bangalore: 360 km 

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4A unique Agumbe experience at Doddamane, Agumbe
A unique Agumbe experience at Doddamane, Agumbe

Nischal : A neatly maintained house with extremely friendly people. Kasturakka who maintains the place serves you homemade kashaya as soon as you enter the place and from there you will feel like you have entered a different, simple and pleasing land. Simple yet beautiful and clean rooms.

Dare to get up and close with fascinating snakes?

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5Suck the venom out of a snake bite!
Suck the venom out of a snake bite!

This is seen in the old wild west movies and is still preached by some today. Do you have any idea how fast your blood stream is? You will only infect the wound with the bacteria in your saliva and might ingest some causing a different set of problems. Your best bet is to get to a hospital emergency room ASAP! If your exploring the realm of the King Cobra near Agumbe and are bitten by India's #1 killer reptile the Russell's viper, rush to the nearest hospital. Period. 

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Reviews (18)

Chetana Siddagangaiah

Chetana Siddagangaiah5.0/5

64 reviews

Cherrapunji of the south

Agumbe is a place in Karnataka near Shimoga which is known to receive the highest rainfall. We visited in November with a travel agency from Bangalore. Stayed at a home-stay which served delicious food. The Kavaledurga fort - a small trekking destination gives a very beautiful view of the greenery and the old remains of the fort.
Rafting is available in Sita River. There is one more hill - Akki Battadha Raasi Gudda - for trek(watch out for leeches), which gives wonderful view from top. It was raining in between and the clouds would cover our view on top. In between when the clouds clear, it is a spectacular view of the surrounding greenery. The place can be a weekend getaway or a part of few more places in the surrounding areas.
There are waterfalls like kudlu theertha, sirimane falls, jogi gundi falls.
The famous Malgudi house is in Agumbe. Pay a visit and have food prepared by themed to inform prior so that they can prepare food).

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  • Cherrapunji of the south
  • Cherrapunji of the south
  • Cherrapunji of the south

Soumyajit Kundu

Soumyajit Kundu5.0/5

104 reviews

Small beautiful town in the ghats region

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.
  • Small beautiful town in the ghats region

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Agumbe Overview

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.

Photos of Agumbe

Sunset point, Agumbe

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Soumyajit Kundu

Sunset point, Agumbe
Kundadri Hills, Agumbe

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Sumanth Holla

Kundadri Hills
Kundadri Hills, Agumbe

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Gv Seshagiri

Kundadri Hills, Agumbe
Kundadri Hills, Agumbe

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Gv Seshagiri

Kundadri Hills, Agumbe

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