Lush Green Agumbe - God's Own Paradise

Pics: by Naveen

October 22, 2010

When people commute from Udupi to Shimoga they are sure to heave a sigh of relief. Breezy greenery all around, trees, monkeys posing for travelers, curved roads, hillocks touching cloud are sure to mesmerize nature-lovers. It is an enchanting place that grabs the curiosity of tourists, compelling them to revisit the experience.

Amidst busy city life everybody’s interests in recent years are turning to be the ‘unique one’ but all culminate in visiting the places gifted by nature. In city there is neither buzzing bees nor the huge trees swinging when the breeze blows. By visiting the Agumbe Ghats one can relax and redraft the essence of life. Many think that earning more and more money with the fast moving time will give an ultimate happiness. The answer could be ‘felt’ only when they achieve that goal. They simply cannot enjoy with all that money, dawns the realization.

After all that, they start a new life, redraft the ultimate goal in life, and buy a house amidst forest or in some remote village where they will be liberated from their ‘business’ in life.

Well, Agumbe is the place that gets second highest rainfall in the country and is famous as ‘Chirapunji’ of the South. This place is also home for several medicinal plants. Agumbe gets an annual rainfall of about 7000-8000 millimeter and hence the place is always serene.

Most of the tourists travel from Manipal route to Shimoga, Sringeri, Horanadu, Kudremukh and stop at Agumbe to get pleasure from the natural beauty. Agumbe is about 90 km from Shimoga, 102 km from Mangalore and 55 km from Udupi. Thus people can easily access this place by road transport.

Agumbe is famous for its sunset view. Tourists come here specially to enjoy the sunset. A separate tower has been constructed atop of Ghats for the tourists to relish the picturesque beauty of sunset.

But this view cannot be relished during rainy season as the Ghat section is filled with fog, mist and cloud. Right time for recording the gorgeousness of sunset in our mind is from December to April.

In the vicinity of Agumbe, places like Kundadri hills, Jogi Gundi, Kunchikal, Barkana, Onake Abbi waterfalls attract the tourists.

Agumbe has gained international fame for its rain forest and King Cobra research centre. ‘Malgudi Days’ Television serial directed by late Shankar Nag was also filmed here.

I remember those days when I used to dream that ‘my’ bus should stop once near the tower and allow ‘us’ to see what’s there steep down?....

The driver who was oblivious of my desire as I was not old enough to talk to elders. But god blessed me soon and made the access to Agumbe an easy trend. I started visiting that place with my friends whenever I got the opportunity. An indifferent mindset will turn right after a visit to such nature’s gift. I started thinking simple and deep, moreover I learnt the importance of god.

By Prakash Samaga
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Comment on this article

  • Bhagath, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 31 2010

    I had the opportunity to watch this nature's beuty few times while commuting bwtween udupi and Chitradurga when I was working in Challakere. Though I wanted to get down at Agumbe and feel the nature I never got that chance. It was real pleasure to read this wonderful article and beautiful pictures. It has not only reminded me the moments I travelled in that place but also raised my desire to spend some time in Agumbe and feel the nature some day.

  • ALWYN, Neermarga, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 30 2010

    very nice picture. thank u i enjoyed.

  • Nithesh , Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 28 2010

    Nice indeed. I have been to Augumbe many times, I always enjoy the sunset from the sunset point. You will feel a sense of pleasure when you are there, will make you forget the busy lie style.
    There are more beautiful places there to visit, it has a nice trekking spot. Try Seetha falls, a nice 3 to 4 kms trek and a falls to relax.

  • Nazmathnisa Laiz, Surathkal/Abudhabi

    Wed, Oct 27 2010

    Nice pictures.

  • adshenoy, mangloor

    Mon, Oct 25 2010

    Preserve the nature from modernisation mafia.

  • FuzzBuzz, Dubai

    Sun, Oct 24 2010

    The Westerns Ghats is one of the most endangered bio diversities in the world ! Human encroachment and extension of farmlands are a matter of concern which should be addressed immediately !

  • Vasant Raj, Udupi/Abudhabi

    Sun, Oct 24 2010

    Dear Prakash, you got a nice future dear, the photo of mini bus is excellent. My request with you, publish more photos of Agumbe as well as Kuduremukh, really these are nice places to see.

  • Beena Mendonsa, Bangalore-Kuwait

    Sun, Oct 24 2010

    Thank you Prakash,for the nice article & awesome pictures. I have come across these beatiful scenaries during my frequent travels through Agumbe Ghats on way to Sagar (my native place) to Manipal (my sister Place) thanks praksh for reminding my olden days.

  • Dr Kiran Acharya, Manipal

    Sat, Oct 23 2010

    Well written! If the road conditions are better, this would be the "best scenic drive" of India...
    I am happy to share few images from collection, please check the following link

  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sat, Oct 23 2010

    Beautiful pictures of the Creator's
    design and artwork. When we stand
    still and watch the beauty and
    tranquility of the nature, we will
    be energized and refreshed.

  • Antony Herbert Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney,Australia

    Sat, Oct 23 2010

    I have come across these beautiful scenaries during my frequent travels through Agumbe Ghats on way to Kalsapur (Koppa), while visiting my friends/relatives Coffee and Tea Estates. Nice pictures and thanks for reviving the memories Prakash. By the way, there is a nice small hotel (I forgot the name) near Sringeri, where one can take a break from the driving and enjoy hot and freshly made dosas, wada and idli sambhar/chutney etc.

  • B. D'souza, Niddodi/ U.K

    Sat, Oct 23 2010

    I cant believe I used to live in that small yellow house on the left (govt)for the first 4 years of my life when my mum used to work there as a community midwife, after 35 years now its the same!!! and still there!!! thanks for the photographer!! This house is on the way to Agumbe, in a small village called Someshwar. very good article by Prakash.well done

  • Siva Advadani, Manipal/Dubai

    Sat, Oct 23 2010

    Wow Agumbe is the best, its an extension of Manipal

  • avani, mangalore/uae

    Sat, Oct 23 2010

    Nice article and very true that the nature's beauty will remove the indifference if any in our mind set. The uniuqeness of natural beauty is that every time you look at it, it looks so fresh and refreshing. Whereas man made beauties (concrete jungle) are one time refreshers.

  • super, nishu

    Sat, Oct 23 2010

    Really Agumbe is paradise......


    Sat, Oct 23 2010

    Please visit BTW, Agumbe is my grandfather Mr D Sripathi Rao's village, He was the erstwhile zamindar of this village, The family home called 'Doddamane' still stands..Also, the TV serial "Malgudi Days' was shot in Agumbe....very picturesque pllace..

  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Sat, Oct 23 2010

    I got a chance to see Augumbe Paradise when I was going with my friend to visit Jog falls.As soon as my friend stopped his car for breakfast,betallion of MONKEYS attacked us.One almost snatched my camera from my hand. Finally,we had to sacrifice our breakfast for monkeys.But Beauty of Agumbe made us to forget everything.It is really a maginficient place for scenic lovers.

  • Vivek Dsouza, Neelavar

    Fri, Oct 22 2010

    wow...this is awesome place...

  • Dr V.Fernandes, Kinnigoli /Dubai

    Fri, Oct 22 2010

    It was wonderful article & Pictures.I was posted as a lady medical officer at Tirthahalli govt hospital.It was my 1st posting after finishing my graduation.We doctors used to visit Agumbe to see the the sunset,after our evening ward rounds.It was refresing moment.Thank you Prakash for reminding my olden days.

  • John D' Souza, Neelavar/Qatar

    Fri, Oct 22 2010

    Really Agumbe is paradise.Its beauty one should enjoy visiting,since it is not far from NH-17

  • Hariprasad, Udupi

    Fri, Oct 22 2010

    Nice article. the style of writting is very impressive.. 'An indifferent mindset will turn right after a visit to such nature’s gift. I started thinking simple and deep, moreover I learnt the importance of god...' this line is very much close to reality. Keep the gud work...

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