378 Km from Bengaluru and 95 km from Shimoga, Agumbe is one of the most scenic places on the Western Ghats of the Southern India. Added to the lush green view all around, the attractions for the visitors is the spectacular sunset and vast opportunities it offers to the trekkers. It is adjacent to one of the last surviving lowland rainforests in the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park. Many new species of flora and fauna are found in this region.
Kunchikal Falls is the highest waterfall in India and ranks 116th in the list of highest waterfalls in the world. Its total height is 1493 ft/455 mts. It is formed by the Varahi river. Barkana Falls is the 10th highest waterfall in India with a height of 850 ft/259 mts. It is formed by the Seeta River. This is another waterfall near Agumbe called the Onake Abbi Falls . In the Kannada language, “Onake” means a pounding stick which is used to pound grains in villages.
On a clear day, one can see the sun setting over the Arabian Sea though the sea is at quite a distance from Agumbe. Agumbe also served the screening of most of the episodes of one of the most popular television serial Malgudi Days based on R.K Narayan’s novel.
Kalinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology
KCRE is located en-route to Agumbe at Guddekere and is nestled in in a valley that is surrounded by reserved forests. Started by Dr. Pogiri Gowrishankar and his team, one of the main goals of KCRE was to establish a place where professors, students, children and all could visit to study the natural, thriving flora and fauna at India’s biodiversity “hottest-spot”. The centre follows a three-pronged approach involving research, education and conservation. Regular visits are made by schools and fun-filled activities are carried out to attempt to nullify the social stigma that surrounds snakes and other wildlife. KCRE also plays its part in ensuring snakes are rescued in the right manner and in educating villagers on conserving wildlife.
Agumbe receives the second highest annual rainfall in India, next only to Cherrapunji (or the nearby Mawsynram). It receives a mean annual rainfall of 7640 mm. The absolute maximum rainfall recorded in Agumbe in a single month is 4508 mm (in August 1946).
Average temperature: Minimum 5 deg c and maximum 32 deg c