Top 10 Places To Visit in Agumbe

Agumbe is a must-see destination in Karnataka for a variety of reasons. It is lush, serene, wild, gushing, and most importantly, it is a location that restores you and instills in you a newfound love for life. Augumbe is located in the Shimoga district and is 2725 feet above sea level. Augumbe is known as the ‘Cherrapunji of South India’ since it receives tremendous rainfall throughout the year. However, it is advisable to avoid visiting Agumbe during the rainy season and instead go between November and January, when the weather is cooler. Augumbe was also the site for Malgudi, the fictional village from R. K. Narayan’s book “Malgudi Days.” Swami’s residence, which was depicted in the TV series based on the book, is still standing at Agumbe and is called Doddamane. There are numerous beautiful spots to visit in Agumbe, but the following are the must-sees.

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1- Sunset Point

Sunset Point
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It is not just one of Augumbe’s most well-known attractions, but also one of the most well-known destinations globally. Augumbe’s Sunset Point will undoubtedly be mentioned if one of the best sunset points is to be included. The Sunset Point, perched atop one of the Western Ghats’ tallest peaks, offers a spectacular view of the sun setting over the Arabian Sea. From Sunset Point, the colour of the sun as it sinks into the sea is breathtaking. It’ll be an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. The village of Agumbe is about a 10-minute walk away. You may also get a stunning panoramic view of the entire area from here.

Timing- Sunset Time
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Time Required- 30 Minutes

2- Onake Abbi Falls

Onake Abbi Falls
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Onake refers to a stick used for pounding rice and other grains, and it’s possible that the water route’s likeness to the stick is the source of its name. The Falls are not only beautiful to look at, but you can also get a terrific perspective of the surrounding area from here. The Augumbe Sunset Point is nearby, and you’ll have to hike for at least 4 kilometres to get to the Falls. As you go closer, you can hear the roaring sound of water. The hard trip is well worth it since Onake Abbi Falls welcomes guests with a stunning view.

Timing- Sunrise To Sunset
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

3- Jogigundi Falls

Jogi Gundi Falls
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Despite its small size in comparison to other rainfalls, Jogigundi Falls has water all year, unlike some other waterfalls that are only visible during the monsoon season. The reason for this is that the region receives a lot of rain throughout the year. It was given the name ‘Jogi’ since it is thought that a Jogi or a saint meditated here many years ago. Jogigundi Falls is distinguished by the fact that it emerges from a cave, earning it the nickname “cave waterfall.” The waterfalls gently, forming a pond at the bottom. If you want to swim, you can do so in the pond, which is also safe because the waterfall is not particularly steep and there are no strong currents. However, it is recommended that you should not venture too far and that you exercise caution because there may be sharp rocks in the area. It’s also a lovely location, with thick trees, orchids, and wildflowers all around.

Timing- Sunrise To Sunset
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Time Required- 2-3 Hours

4- Koodlu Theertha Falls

Koodlu Theertha
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The Koodlu Theertha Falls, which falls from a height of 300 feet, is one of Karnataka’s most beautiful waterfalls. At the point where the waterfalls, a pond forms. The pond is considered holy by the locals since it is said that sages used it for meditation and penance in ancient times. The surroundings, as well as the beauty of the waterfalls, make this an ideal tourist destination, as they provide a calm and tranquil atmosphere in which you may relax just by standing there and looking around. Except for the flowing sound of the water, there is no sound.

Because it originates from the River Sita, it is also known as Sita Falls. Though tourists are permitted to bathe in the pond, it is recommended that they remain far away from the spot where the waterfalls, as the waterfalls with such intensity that if it falls on your head, you may not be able to bear it and it can be extremely painful. Also, the Koodlu Theertha Waterfalls can only be reached by trekking through the forest. The months of August through December, which follow the rainy season, are ideal for visiting the Falls.

Timing- Sunrise To Sunset
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

5- Agumbe Rainforest Research Station

Agumbe Rainforest Research Station 
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It is one of India’s most renowned research institutes, located amid the Agumbe Rainforest. It is situated in the Malnad-Kodagu region, which also includes wildlife sanctuaries such as Sharavati, Mookambika, Someshwara, and Bhadra. It is positioned 560 metres above sea level and was established primarily to protect the southern rainforests. The King Cobra, one of the principal inhabitants of the rainforests, is also well-known. Over the previous few years, it has also rescued over 100 king cobras. The Station has also conducted a number of programs aimed at conserving, protecting, and promoting the region’s ecosystem.

The modest solar-powered hydroelectric plant at the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station is one of the institute’s key attractions, in keeping with the institute’s eco-friendly ethos. There are several reasons to visit the Research Station, the first being that it is a location dedicated to preserving ecology for the future, and the second being to see the unique rainforests and their flora and wildlife.

Timing- 10:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Entry Fee- INR 100 Per Person
Time Required- 2-3 Hours

6- Gopala Krishna Temple

Gopala Krishna Temple
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Gopala Krishna Temple: The Gopala Krishna Temple is a 14th-century temple in Agumbe that is very important in the region. This temple draws a large number of visitors from all over the world to this small village. This temple was created according to Vaastu principles and is recognized for its beautiful sculptures. The 108 steps leading from the basement to the Garbha Griha represent Lord Krishna’s 108 names.

Timing- 5:00 AM To 8:00 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Time Required- 1 Hour

7- Barkana Falls

Barkana Falls
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Barkana Falls, at a height of around 850 feet, is among India’s highest waterfalls. The Western Ghats’ 10th highest waterfall is located in the center of a deep forest. The Seeta River, which runs through the area, creates the waterfall. You can also stroll through the beautiful woods to Barkana Falls for stunning vistas.

Timing- Sunrise To Sunset
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

8- Kunchikal Falls

Kunchikal Falls
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It’s a 455-meter-high waterfall that’s higher than the Jog Falls. The Varahi River forms the waterfall, which is the major source for one of Karnataka’s hydroelectricity plants.

Timing- Sunrise To Sunset
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

9- Kundadri Hills

Kundadri Hills
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It’s a two-day moderate journey to the hills that’s regarded as one of Agumbe’s top treks. A Jain Temple and two ponds were built at the top of the hill in the 17th century.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Time Required- 2 Days

10- Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary

Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary
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The Sanctuary, which is around 20 kilometres from Agumbe, is home to tigers, leopards, jackals, dholes (wild dogs), king cobras, gigantic flying squirrels, mouse deer, and other wild animals.

Timing- Sunrise To Sunset
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

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