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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.

Agumbe Ghats India

Agumbe GhatsHey 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.

Agumbe Lake

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.

Sunset Point

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.

Gopalakrishna temple

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.

Closing thoughts

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.

Places to visit in Agumbe - the rainforest in india. Did you know that the famous series Malgudi Days was shot in these idyllic village in Karnataka?

Blogger’s Notes: The post contains affiliate links. The pictures are mine unless otherwise mentioned. The picture used in the pin is courtesy Pixabay. 


  1. Pashmeena Chowdhary March 31, 2020

    Loved each word..And waiting to explore a lot of new places..Happy to have found this blog..Best wishes .Pashmeena

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 1, 2020

      Thanks a lot Pashmeena!

  2. Ira March 31, 2020

    Great start… Will look forward for more posts on the challenge

  3. Noor Anand Chawla April 1, 2020

    Hello old AtoZ friend! I loved reading Malgudi Days when I was younger and I’d love to visit the Agumbe ghats some day too.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 1, 2020

      Hello Noor. Glad you liked it.

  4. Shilpa Garg April 1, 2020

    Have never heard about Agumbe Ghats. But it was wonderful to explore it virtually through your words and hope to visit it someday in real life too. Thanks for an interesting and informative post!

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 1, 2020

      Thanks a lot Shilpa.

  5. Shalini April 1, 2020

    Aww…my heart! I mean, I fell in love with the first pic that I stared at it for long <3
    I'm sure I'm going to love this series of yours and that I'd be adding all these gorgeous places to my bucketlist.
    Happy A to Z 🙂

  6. Archana April 1, 2020

    Superb! yes, I have heard about Agumbe.. its on my travel wish list.. your blog is just going to push it to the top of that list!! and yes, this is an innovative way to present the region! Good start!

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 1, 2020

      Thanks Archana!

  7. Jyoti Jha April 1, 2020

    Lovely place very beautifully described. Waiting for more such places to explore.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 1, 2020

      Thanks Jyoti.

  8. Esha April 1, 2020

    Lovely post…I didnt know Malgudi was based on Agumbe

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 1, 2020

      Thanks Esha. That’s why I chose to write about lesser known places

  9. Sitharaam Jayakumar April 1, 2020

    Wow Agumbe seems to have everything, lakes, temples, waterfalls. Must be a really beautiful place. Deefinitely on my to be visited list of places.

  10. Alpana April 1, 2020

    never heard of this place. But I am big fan of malgudi days. It brings back childhood memories…

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 2, 2020

      Thanks Alpana

  11. Sabyasachi Mohanty April 1, 2020

    Really nice.post…Western Ghats are really stunning…especially monsoons..

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 2, 2020

      Thanks Sabyasachi! I adore the Western Ghats

  12. Pradeep Nair April 2, 2020

    Good one! I don’t think many people know about the connection with Malgudi Days. That photo right on top is truly breathtaking!

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 2, 2020

      Thanks Pradeep. Hope you enjoy the series.

  13. Esha Chakraborty April 13, 2020

    Aha lovely…had no idea malgudi was based on this place


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