The cherapungee of South India: Agumbe

Agumbe is a tiny  hilly village situated at the Western Ghat in Karnataka, a state of India. It is famous for the highest record of rainfall with a mean average of 7000 to 8000 mm in Southern India, which is accredited as the second highest in India after Cherrapunji that's why this village is called as 'the cherapungee of South India'


Agumbe is flamboyant and surrounded by rich dense biodiversity, various types of rare medicinal plants are available here as well. The cloud and greenery are playing with the hills in front of the blue canvas @ morning around 5:15 o'clock. 


The dense thickness of the rain forest, topography of the area and conducive weather conditions have made Agumbe a hotspot for the longest and one of the most venomous snakes in the world, the King CobraThe renowned herpetologist, Romulus Whitaker called Agumbe as the capital of King Cobra



The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) which is the only permanent rainforest research station in India is based out here.



The building of the ARRS institute. Research and studying purpose throughout the year people from different regions are used to visit this place frequently.



This very close to nature village is situated in the Shimoga district of the Malnad region in Karnataka. The awesome natural scenic beauty, lush valleys and milky white streams have made Agumbe a very desirable and famous vacation getaway for those who love to travel to be one with the peacefulness of nature.


Agumbe is located at one of the highest points in the Western Ghat, thereby offering clear and astonishing views from both sunrise and sunset points.  The above photo is taken during sunrise at 3rd week of March'2019.



It is believed that the sunset here is one of the most spectacular one in Karnataka. Captured the moment of end of a day from Sunset point @Agumbe which is walking distance off 2 km from Agumbe bus stop.


Malgudi Days, the famous television series based on R.K. Narayan's short stories, was entirely shot here by Shankar Nag and shown once upon a time in Doordarshan (the national TV in India), during my childhood days. 
 So, apparently you are getting the 'Ta-na-naa..' music if you had watched that TV series. 



The ‘Doddamane’ (Big House), the 130 years old heritage building is one of the best place for accommodation in Agumbe. Two episodes of Malgudi days were shot here as well. 


The house is currently run by Kasturi Akka, and for me, it was an awesome experience to spend an entire day there at Agumbe with all its traditional rituals and cuisine. 

I have written specifically about Doddamane in My interest tab of my blog.



In this village hardly 500 peoples are living and you can cover the whole village by walk if you have a practice of daily walk. Other than Doddamane there is an only one Hotel called Mallya's just opposite to bus stand.



She is Mahalakshmi from this village, had a small talk with her regarding Agumbe and her family.



There is also a school of Karnataka board in Agumbe and a play ground just opposite to each other, where the children are used to play @afternoon.


I spent some moments with them in the field and they were so surprised when get to know that I can't speak Kannada language. The school is upto the 10th level standard.


 How to reach: I traveled Agumbe from Pune via Udupi which is the nearest city. There is no train station or airport in AgumbeI took an overnight bus to Udupi and stayed one day @udupi, which is 55 km away. Next day around 1 pm I started towards Agumbe


This is bus stand of Agumbe village. From Udupi though, you will get KSRTC/private operated mini buses to go Agumbe. Bus services are running from 7:00 am to 5.30 pm, but please do check and confirm once. Busses from Udupi to Shimogga will drop you at Agumbe. It takes 2.30 hours to reach there from Udupi.

The small huts of this village are so colourful, which attracts me. The photos with brief description are also in My Interest tab. 

You can buy pure honey from local shop or villager (though I haven’t buy). I loved a sweet snack made of banana just bought from a shop at bus stand.

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