Top 5 Must Do's in Agumbe

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Agumbe is an enchanting village located in Karnataka. The village is surrounded by natural beauty including mountains, streams and valleys. It has the highest rainfall in Karnataka, with the majority of the rainfall occurring during monsoon season. It is also called the "Cherrapunji of the South." The top 5 Agumbe must do's include waterfalls, watching the sunset, visiting the hill station and visiting the bird sanctuary.

1. Hill Station of Agumbe

The Hill station of Agumbe is a popular tourist attraction. Agumbe is one of the highest peaks in the area and can be reached by trekking. You should take a guide with you when you go trekking, as the hill is covered in thick forests. Along the way you can see wildlife such as monkeys. It is possible to hire a local guide or go on a trek with the Karnataka Mountaineering Club. At Agumbe Hill Station there is a temple in honor of Lord Gopalakrishna, built in the 14th century. At the temple you can view Hoysala art.

2. Sunset View Point

Sunset View Point is situated at 825 meters above sea level. From this spot you can watch the breathtaking sunset. The roads to the View Point need to be navigated with caution, as they are steep with many sharp curves. The best time to visit Sunset View Point is November until January.

3. Kunchikal Falls

With a height of 1,493 feet, this waterfall is the second highest in India. The waterfall is formed from the Varahi river. The power of Kunchikal Falls is harnessed for hydro electric projects.

4. Joigigundi Falls

Jogigundi Falls is easier to get to than the other waterfalls. It is reached by trekking and it is advisable to take a guide with you. The waterfalls reach their peak during rainy season when the rivers swell. Outside of the rainy season, it's possible to swim in the pools that form below the waterfall.

5. Mandagadee Bird Sanctuary

This sanctuary is located on the bank of the Tunga River. The sanctuary is home to many different species of birds. Migrating birds rest here during July and October. Some of the birds that can be found here are Egrets, Snake Birds and Darters. There are more than 5,000 birds living in the sanctuary. August is the best month to visit. There is a watchtower for avid bird watchers to observe from. Hiking through the sanctuary is an option to enjoy the scenery and for bird watching. Camping can be arranged.

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Camping and Trekking

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Unexplored Expeditions offers camping sites at Agumbe. They organise Trekking to the various places in and around Agumbe.

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