Agumbe is a picturesque village in the midst of the Western Ghats in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. It is nicknamed as ‘The Cherrapunjee of the South’ for the heavy amount of precipitation it receives. The area is famous among many for rainforest conservation efforts, trekking and research on medicinal plants. Agumbe is located at an elevation of 643 metres above sea-level and is not far from the coast.
Places to Stay
The nearest accessible place available for lodging is Udupi at a distance of 58 km. Some of the budget hotels worth giving a try are Udupi Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Kediyoor Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Sharada International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Ayaan Comforts (Tariff – Rs. 600).
The official language of Agumbe is Kannada. Being a rural area, other languages are not understood.
The important festivals of the region are Vishu, Diwali and Ganesh Chathurthi.
Places of Interest
The village is especially famous for its waterfalls. Some of the spots worth a visit are Barkana Falls (the 10th highest waterfalls in the country), the Onnake Abbi Falls, the Jogigundi falls – all of which are located in the vicinity of the village. Another interesting attraction located within the village is the Sunset View Point, from which the magnificent and breathtaking view of the sun setting in the Arabian Sea can be witnessed.
How to Get There
Bajpe airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 100 km.
The Shimoga Railway Station, located around 100 km away, is the closest railway station to the village.
Direct buses as well as via buses to the village are available from Tirthahalli, Sringeri and Shimoga. It is mostly state-transport buses which cater to the needs of the people. Private operators are also slowly joining the race. Avail of a bus ticket discount coupon from Ticketgoose when you book your tickets online.