Shimoga : Agumbe can be a pleasant prospect for the place abounds in natural beauty. The high hills and many waterfalls and streams flowing through the dense jungles add to the joy of hiking through the trekking trails in this little place that is a hidden paradise nestled in the Malnad region of Karnataka. Agumbe is also called 'Hasiru Honnu' - green gold as it is home to several rare species of medicinal plants like Garcinia, Myristica, Listsaea, Diospyrous, Hoiligarna, Eugenia and Ficus.
Agumbe, a small village in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, is one of the places that receive the heaviest rainfall in Southern India. It is known as the Cherrapunji of the South and the rains feed streams, rivers and the many waterfalls here. The dense rainforests of Agumbe are home to the only permanent Rainforest Research Station in India.
It is also part of Malnad. It is surrounded by a rich biodiversity, and adjacent to one of the last surviving lowland rain forests.
Agumbe now hosts India’s first automatic weather station exclusively to monitor changes in rain forests, courtesy well known herpetologist and Whitley gold awardee Dr Romulus Whitaker. This significant contribution is aimed at protecting the country’s rich biodiversity.
The department of forests will develop a medicinal plant garden, Agumbe Medicinal Plant Conservation Area (AMPCA), in 215 hectares of the Western Ghats region. The garden proposes to have 300 varities of plants used in the field of medicine - ayurveda, sidda and unani, homeopathy.
What to See in Agumbe
Gopala Krishna Temple :
The beautiful 14th century Gopala Krishna Temple of the Hoysala period is a landmark here, and it attracts many tourists.
This place is located on the way up the hills that lead to Agumbe. From here, on a clear day, you can get a magnificent view of the Arabian Sea, which lies many miles away.
Fed by the Varahi River, this is the highest waterfall in India, at a height of 1493 feet.
This is the 10th highest waterfall (850 feet) in India, 259 meters above sea level. This fall is formed by the Seeta River, stop at the Barkana view point to get the glimpse of the Falls.
Onake Abbi, Jogigundi and Koodlu Theertha are other beautiful waterfalls here.
Agumbe is a small village and does not have many commercial hotels or resorts. But tourists can stay at the Travelers’ Bungalow. Another popular option is the Doddamane, a Home Stay present in the village. Taking a trip to Agumbe can be an amazing experience and even if you have to brave jungle trails and leeches, it is well worth the trip.
Best Time To Visit November to January.
How to Reach Agumbe
By Air: Mangalore is the nearest airport, it is 100 km away.
By Train: Shimoga, 90 km away and Udupi, 55 km away are the nearest Railway Stations to Agumbe.
By Road: You can get buses from Bangalore and other places to Agumbe or to Theerthahalli and then onto Agumbe.