Located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, Agumbe is a tiny village often referred to as the "Cherrapunji of South India". This biodiversity-rich region highest rainfall in south India and the second highest annual rainfall in India. Visiting Agumbe is an enriching experience as this hill station and picturesque beauty coupled with trekking trails and gushing rainfalls. It is one of the last surviving lowland rainforests. This beautiful place served as the setting for India's very famous fictional town Malgudi in the TV serial Malgudi Days. Agumbe is famously known for the breathtaking sunsets over the Arabian Sea that can be witnessed from this region.
Agumbe is home to some rare species of medicinal plants like Myristica, Listsaea, Garcinia, Diospyros, Eugenia and Ficus which is why it is also known as "Hasiru Honnu" which means green is gold. This place has made a significant contribution towards the protection of biodiversity in India. Being home to the extensive rainforest and the wide variety of flora and fauna, Agumbe houses the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. This is India's oldest weather station which exclusively monitors any changes made in the rainforest areas.
Interestingly, Agumbe is also called as the "Cobra Capital" because of the high number of Cobras found here. Tourists from all over flock to this mesmerising place to experience tranquillity. Agumbe provides great options for trekking beckoning the adventure enthusiasts to visit this offbeat destination hidden in the lap of nature.
Air: Mangalore is the nearest Air head at 106 km while Bangalore is 378 km from Agumbe.
Rail: The nearest rail head is at Udupi which is 54 km from Agumbe, one can easily get public transport or hail a cab fro Agumbe.
Road: KSRTC buses ply from Bangalore, Mangalore, Shimoga and Udupi till Agumbe. There are many private bus services available from the aforementioned places. A road journey from Bangalore by a cab will take you some eight hours to reach.
2 months ago by Muhammed Salih
As the nearest Hill station available to me, this is a very frequently visited place for me. The drive is one of the highlights of reaching there as you go through forests and hairpin roads you feel yourself climbing the altitude with fogs engulfing you from every side. Before you reach the top, there is the sunset point of Agumbe from where you can catch one of the most beautiful sights you?ll ever see in your life. When you do reach the top, you can find local street food and some of the best sceneries ever.
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