Agumbe is a small village located in Shimoga district, Thirthahalli taluk in the Malnad region of Karnataka, India. It is sometimes called “The Cherrapunji of the South” after Cherrapunji, in Northeast India. Agumbe is associated with rainforest conservation efforts, documentation of medicinal plants, tourism (trekking and photography), and promotion of cottage industry. Naxal communists are active in Agumbe and surrounds
Agumbe is well known for its scenic beauty and rain forest with many beautiful falls. The sunset view point is famous place and on a clear day one can view sun setting in Arabian sea from a view point 826 M(2710 ft) above sea level. Barkana Falls is the 10th highest waterfall in India with a height of 850 ft/259 mts.
Gopala Krishna Temple
The beautiful 14th century Gopala Krishna Temple of the Hoysala period is a landmark and attracts many tourists. The temple is known for its beautiful sculptures. This unique Devasthanam is built with the perfection of Vaastu & architectural proficiency under the guidance of renowned architect Muniyangala Krishna Prasad. The 108 steps leading from the basement to the Garbha Gruha symbolizes 108 names of Lord Krishna chanted through Sri Krishna Ashtotthara.
Sunset Point, also known as the Sunset View Point, is located on one of the highest peaks of the Western Ghats and provides views of the setting sun on the horizon of the Arabian Sea. This point is situated at the 14th hair-pin bend of the mountainous road that leads to Agumbe. It can be reached by a 10 minute walk from Agumbe village.
The waterfall is located around three km from Agumbe. Situated on the way to the Barkana Falls, it can be reached on foot after a 10 to 15 minute trek. The waterfall is different from other waterfalls in the region as it flows out of a cave. You will be greeted by the natural swimming pool. The falls derives its name from the word Jogi, as it is believed that a Jogi or saint meditated inside the cave near the falls.
Agumbe Rainforest Research Station
The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) is one of the ecological research stations in India. The station is located in the forest area of Agumbe at an elevation of 560 m above sea level. The station complex comprises the Kudremukh National Park, Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Kundadri Hills is situated in the Thirthahalli Taluk of Shimoga District, at an average elevation of about 3,200 ft above sea level. This hill is a monolithic rock formation dotted with thick forests and numerous streams.
The hill is known for an ancient Jain Temple that is believed to be constructed in the 17th century. The Tunga River reaches the site and fills two small ponds formed by rocks. The beautiful view of backwaters of the Varahi Dam and mountains attract numerous tourists, especially nature lovers.
Koodlu Theertha falls
The Koodlu Theertha Falls is formed by the Seeta River that falls into a pond from a height of around 300 ft. Owing to the belief that the sages meditated at this site thousand years ago, the pond is considered holy. The best time to visit this fall is during the monsoon and winter seasons. The Manga Theertha, also known as the Monkey Falls, is situated close to the Koodlu Theertha Falls.
The Barkana Falls, at a height of around 850 ft, is the 11th highest waterfall in India. It is located amidst the thick and dense forest areas of the Western Ghats. The Seeta River that flows through the region forms this waterfall. The falls derives its name from ‘barka’, which refers to the mouse deer living nearby. The Barkana View Point near the falls presents beautiful views of the Ghats and its adjoining hill slopes.
Onake Abbi Falls
The Onake Abbi Falls is located at a trek distance of around 8 km from Agumbe. The falls derives its name from the word Onake, meaning a pounding stick that is used for pounding grains in villages. From here, beautiful views of the valleys of Agumbe can be seen.
The Kunchikal Falls is a 455 m high waterfall that is formed by the Varahi River. Considered to be higher than the Jog Falls, this waterfall is the highest tiered waterfall in India. The fall is a primary source for one of the hydro-electric projects operating in Karnataka. During the monsoon season, the tributaries of Varahi River form numerous seasonal falls in the forests nearby.
Kudremukha National Park
The Kudremukha National Park is named after the Kudremukh or the Horse Face Range, which is the site of the park. The park is situated in the Chikmagalur District of western Karnataka that lies near the Agumbe region of the Western Ghats.