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India is home to the Western Ghats that spring to life during monsoon. A UNESCO World heritage site, the Western Ghats spread across parts of the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Nestled among these ghats in Karnataka is one of the wettest places in India which makes for a delightful monsoon holiday destination – Agumbe. Known for its lush greenery and splendid weather during monsoon, Agumbe is a hidden gem for nature lovers. It receives around 7,640 mm of mean rainfall every year. Located at a distance of around 380 km from Bangalore, Agumbe makes for an excellent getaway for people all across the country. No matter what kind of a traveler you are, here are 5 reasons why you must visit Agumbe this monsoon. Also Read - 7 Best Things To Do When in Coorg- The Scotland of India

Agumbe is rich in biodiversity

The greenery in Agumbe accounts from the fact that it is bordered along one of the last surviving lowland rainforests. Agumbe is home to several rare species of medicinal plants like Garcinia, Myristica, Listsaea, Diospyrous, Hoiligarna, Eugenia and Ficus among others. Agumbe forms part of the largest contiguous forest stretches left in India. It is worth noting that Agumbe is called King Cobra capital because of the high number of snakes of the species being found here. Also Read - Karnataka Agriculture Minister Takes COVID-19 Vaccine at Home, Centre Seeks Report

Agumbe is home to a number of streams and waterfalls

Agumbe

Agumbe

Due to the heavy rainfall, Agumbe is full of beautiful streams and breathtaking waterfalls like the Kudla Theertha Falls and Onake Abbi Falls. Other popular waterfalls here include Barkana Falls (10th highest in India) and Jogigundi Falls which are both great picnic spots for locals.

Agumbe is a trekker’s delight

Several trekking trails are located in and around Agumbe like the one to Kudlu Theertha Falls or Nishani Gudda. There is a spot named Sunset Point, which is a gallery erected to view a magnificent sunset with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. There are also remnants of temples dating back to the Hoysala Empire here which attract the attention of many a history buff.

Agumbe served as the setting for Malgudi Days

You may remember watching Malgudi Days on TV when you were growing up. Well, Agumbe served as the setting for the popular fictional town, Malgudi which was based on the eponymous book by R K Narayan. Doddamane or the Big House, which Swamy lives in, has stood in Agumbe for over a 100 years.

Agumbe has India’s first sole permanent rainforest research station

Agumbe rainforest in the monsoon

Agumbe rainforest in the monsoon

The Agumbe Rainforest complex comprises reserve forests around Kundapur, Shankaranarayana, Hosanagara, Sringeri and Thirthahalli. The complex is home to India’s sole permanent rainforest research station equipped with India’s first automatic weather station. The station exclusively monitors changes in rain forests. The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station has pioneered the world’s first radio-telemetry project on the King Cobra. NOW SEE Monsoon holidays 2017: Best monsoon holiday places in India for family vacations

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