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Label : Must Visit

Tags : Waterfall

Timings : November - January

Time Required : 1 day

Trek Distance : 10 km

Trek Difficulty : Moderate

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Barkana Falls, Shimoga (Shivamogga) Overview

The Barkana Falls are located between Agumbe and Shimoga and derive their name from ‘Barka’, the mouse deer, a shy creature that inhabits this particular region. The trek route runs through the dense rainforests of the Western Ghats. During monsoons, the regions start buzzing with life as new streams begin to emerge and the canopy of vegetation gets dense enough for any traveller to lose orientation. The best time to visit these falls are in the early days of winter.

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Food availability

Carry your own food since there is no availability.

Water availability

It is advisable to carry your own supply of water for safety reasons.


There is no accommodation at the summit of the waterfall and it has to be arranged for in Agumbe village itself

Tips and Tricks

Even if you have permission from the Forest Department, it is advisable to consult a local on routes before you approach the forest

Trek Routes

From Agumbe take a left turn towards Shringere at Agumbe-shringere circle and drive for half kilometer. You will see a sign board towards on the way, from where you have to take a left turn towards Barkana falls road and drive for another 4 km. The trekking begins in the last 2.5 km stretch of the route which is steeper than the rest. Off road bikes can also be used to reach till waterfalls. Barkana waterfalls is located at a distance of 7 km from Agumbe over all.

How to reach Barkana Falls

  • Rail: Udupi is the nearest railway station to Agumbe situated at a distance of 53 kms. You can either take local buses or hire cabs to reach Agumbe.

  • Road: Agumbe is well connected by road to Shimoga, Udupi and Mangalore. Therefore you can take local buses from any of these places. There are also KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses plying between Bangalore and Agumbe.

More about Barkana Falls

Availability of night trek: Not available

Base Camp: Agumbe

Days required for the trek: 1 day

Difficulty level: Easy-Moderate

Height above sea level: 850 feet

Nearest Airport: Mangalore (Apprrox 93 kms)

Nearest Railhead: Udupi ( Approx 53 kms)

Region: Western Ghats

Starting point of trek: Malandur Village

Type: Waterfall Trek

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