Agumbe is a forest area covered with ample of greenery. The thick forest covered with fog in the morning, with small beautiful water falls along your way and finally reach the point, where you can have a spectacular view of the sun, one can see the sun setting over the Arabian Sea though the sea is quite a long distance from Agumbe.
Agumbe is the gateway to one of the ecologically sensitive, evergreen forest range on the Western Ghats supporting hundreds of species of flora and fauna.
True to its description, this small town in Shimoga District of Karnataka is the dream destination for the trekkers, travellers, environmentalists and nature lovers. Agumbe is the beautiful hill station at the forefront of Karnataka, away from the hustle bustle of the cities, offering a virtual paradise to the one who worship nature.
Situated at an altitude of 826 metres on the border of Udupi and Shimoga Districts, Agumbe is one of the places that receives the highest rainfall in Karnataka and so is termed as Cherrapunji of South India. It is the most scenic place offering the best nature has to offer. Agumbe takes pride in being the place where the screening of most of the episodes of one of the most popular Indian television serial "Malgudi Days" based on R.K Narayan's novel was shot. A walk through the streets of Agumbe surely makes you feel like you are a part of Malgudi Days.
Agumbe is frequently visited by many tourists, especially for trekking. The unparalleled beauty of the Western Ghats, the Arabian Sea and the many amazing trekking trails is a real treat for adventure lovers. Many youngsters visit this place for trekking and others for viewing the sunset. Agumbe to Sringeri trek, passing through Narasimha Parvata, is the most sought-after trekking trail amongst the others. The narrow paths covered with thick vegetation, the cool breeze, the small streams running through the hills and rich flora and fauna gives you a refreshing feel.
The thick vegetation on the hills, the low-lying valleys and the sparkling streams make you feel like heaven falls here. The forests in Agumbe are home to rare species of animals like tigers, leopards, lion, Tailed Macaque, Sambar, Malabar, giant squirrel, barking deer etc., but these are rarely found now probably due to the increasing human existence in this region. King Cobra, the largest venomous snake, and leeches are found in plenty in the forest of Agumbe. There are also many varieties of birds like the Horn Bills, Malabar Whistling thrush and many more. Make sure you spend at least a couple of days or more to enjoy the trek and cover all the important sites in Agumbe. A place to relax, a place to go hiking or trekking, a place to enjoy the true bliss of nature, Agumbe surely leaves an ever-lasting impression of your visit.