The scenic village of Agumbe in the Malnad region of Karnataka is also known as ‘Cherrapunji of the South.’ That is because it receives the second highest rainfall in the country. Tucked away in Western Ghats, it has some of India’s last remaining lowland rainforests. Not only that, Agumbe is blessed with the highest waterfalls, rivers, beautiful forests, and wild animals; especially popular as the home to King Cobra.
You could get on the King Cobra trail, best done with the help of an expert guide. It’s not everyday that one gets a chance to encounter the mighty King of Snakes in its own habitat. It could well turn out to be a life-altering experience, to observe Agumbe-denizens, going at their pace in their natural environs.
A visit to any hill station is incomplete without experiencing the sun go down at the Sunset Point. Agumbe has some of the most beautiful sunsets over the Arabian Sea and you can’t afford to miss it. The Sunset Point is a 10-minute walk from the main town and is also the highest peak in the Western Ghats.
A 14th-century temple of Hoysala Period, the Gopalakrishna Temple is another popular spot in the town. There are 108 steps leading from the basement to the Garbha Gruha; symbolising 108 names of Lord Krishna.
Talking of cascading falls, the Barkana Falls can be counted in the league of India’s highest waterfalls. Barkana Falls is located at a height of about 850ft and is formed by river Seeta flowing through the region. Trekking upto the falls from among the lush rainforest can earn you some memorable views for life.
To witness the raw beauty of nature, head to Jogi Gundi Falls located in Agumbe’s rainforest. The fall is named after a saint who used this place for meditating. Unlike other waterfalls, this one doesn’t fall from a height or in multiple folds. Instead, it comes out of a cave running through the hills. The waterfall is about 4km from the main town.
This one shouldn’t be missed at any cost; Onake Abbi Falls is just a few kilometres from Agumbe Village, right at the edge of the Western Ghats. Unfortunatey, it dries completely in summers; so the best time to visit it is in the winter months.
It’s best to visit this little village anywhere from November to February. The nearest airport from here is the Mangaluru Airport, about 95km away. And the nearest railhead is the Udupi Railway Station, about 50km away.