A postcard from Agumbe Ghats
This post is an introduction to Agumbe Ghats of Karnataka. I wrote this as a part of the series “Postcards from India” in the A2Z Blogging Challenge of April 2020. In this series I talked about offbeat places to visit in India in an unique style.
Hey there! I am Agumbe Ghats, the dense rain-forests in South India.You may not know me by my real name, but I’m quite famous. Perched amidst the hill-forests of the resplendent Western Ghats of India, I am the village that R.K Narayan talked about in his book Malgudi Days. Does that ring a bell? If you are a 90’s kid in India, I think it will.
R.K Narayan weaved a magical, yet relatable world of Swami and his friends set in the backdrop of a fictional village in South India. When it was adapted on a television series of the same name, it became a household name in India. If you watched the series and dreamed of living in the heavenly hamlet, come to me. Yes, I am Agumbe, your beloved Malgudi.
I reside in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Geologists call me the “Cherrapunji of the South”, owing to the heavy rainfall I receive throughout the year. Biologists have taken a keen interest in the fauna that reside here. They created the Agumbe Rainforest Research center mainly focused on studies of.. wait for it.. snakes! When you come here you will be mesmerized by the scenic beauty enhanced by waterfalls, lakes and trekking trails. Here are a few highlights you can experience when you visit me.
This lake is located right opposite to the Agumbe Rainforest checkpoint. The lake is so clean that you can see the fish from the banks. Reach here early morning to feed the swans and the fish.
Just a 10-minute walk from the main town will take you to the sunset point. The golden hour here will surely make it to your album of the best sunsets of your life.
Jogi Gundi Waterfalls
Just a few kilometers from the main town hidden in the dense rain-forests lies a cave. Long long ago,a yogi came to me and meditated in the cave. A stream of water gushes out of these caves imparting a magical touch to the greenery around. Trek 1 km through the forest trails to discover this beauty.
This is just one among many other waterfalls that I am proud of. The Barkana Waterfall is the 10th tallest plunge in India. The Onake Abbi falls is another beautiful cascade, that you can see after a 5km long trek through the rainforests.
Kundadri Hill top
Just a few kilometers drive uphill through the forests will bring you to the Kundadri Hill Top. It is known for the old Jain temple, but the highlight is the panoramic view on a clear day. But if it’s raining, like it does here frequently, you might not be able to see anything. It will still be a mesmerizing experience, like you are standing on the edge of the world.
The Hoysalas built some marvelous stone temples all over South India. They came here as well, and built the Gopalakrishna temple. Don’t miss it when you visit me.
Other nearby places
Let me remind you once again that I live in the Shivamoga (Simoga) district of Karnataka. It is one of the most serene, offbeat districts in the state. Jog Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in India is our star. But trust me, there’s so much more. The Kelladi temple, Sharavati wildlife zone, Gajanur dam, Kavaledurga and many more. Check out Sinjana’s adventures in Shimoga here. The Coffee land of Chikmagaluru is also my neighbor.
So will you come and stay with me? I know you are stuck in your homes now because of the lock-down. But once this is all over, I welcome you to come and experience Agumbe. Till then here are some things you can do.
- Read Malgudi Days on Kindle
- Read The very Best of RK Narayanan on Kindle
- Tune in to Amazon Prime or Hotstar and binge Malgudi Days
- Try Amazon Audible – the audiobook free-trial
- Subscribe to Backpack & Explore for more postcards from India that will come as a part of the A2Z blogging challenge.
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