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Introducing Agumbe

Best time to visit : Agumbe experiences moderately cold winters with pleasant climatic conditions. Winter months from November to January are the best to enjoy trekking and sightseeing in Agumbe. Post-monsoon months from September to mid-November are apt for exploring nature’s splendour.
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Agumbe is arguably among the top places that validate the pompous natural beauty of Western Ghats. A small hill village in Karnataka, Agumbe has everything that an eager nature lover can demand. Home to the only rainforest research station in India, the hill station is well-known for the riches of biodiversity. A number of waterfalls adorn the area which receives the highest rainfall in South India. Apart from nature explorers, adventurers and family tourists also visit the village to admire unexplainable beauty that the village and its surroundings showcase.


Agumbe is aptly called ‘the Cherrapunji of South’ for receiving second highest rainfall in India. ‘Hasiru Honnu’ (meaning green gold) is another popular designation for the place as rare and precious medicinal plants grow here in abundance. The rainforest in and around Agumbe is India’s only home to King Cobra. In addition, there are many rare and endangered species of animals and birds that live here. Agumbe became extremely popular when featured in the very famous television serial ‘Malgudi Days’ in the 1980s. Tourist places like some of the highest Indian waterfalls and astonishing sunset points draw the attention of tourists from across the world.

Small cafes offering hot beverages and light snacks are located near the bus stand. Bhattara tea stall is an interesting venue to enjoy vanilla tea and hot snacks. Padiyar’s Hotel near Sunset Point offers tasty South Indian dishes like idli and vada. Doddamane is another popular place where only vegetarian dishes are served.

There is nothing exciting to shop at Agumbe. Tourists heading towards other popular destinations can reserve their shopping plans while in the village.

Nearby Places:
  • Sringeri (25 km.): Another hill town nearby, Sringeri is world-famous for its historic temples like Sharadamba and Vidyashankara and many other honourable Hindu pilgrimages.

  • Horanadu (75 km.): A frequently visited holy city, Horanadu has the highly revered Annapoorneshwari Temple which is believed to bless the visitors with abundant food for the entire life.

  • Udupi (55 km.): The coastal town is an emerging tourist destination for accommodating beautiful beaches, boundless greenery, Sri Krishna Temple and volcanic rocks at St. Mary’s Island.

  • Thirthahalli (35 km.): The town has attractions like Tunga River Bridge and Sri Rameshwara Temple, along with beautiful hills and waterfalls nearby.

  • Kollur (85 km.): It is also a popular temple town with main attraction as Mookambika Temple.

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