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Agumbe Onake Abbi Falls and Kavaledurga Fort Trek

Every travellers’ card covers landscapes of all types: mountains, rivers, beaches, forests, etc. And while others are easy to find, we tend to think that rainforests in India are reserved only for the North-Eastern region, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Or, maybe not! Agumbe, or “The Cherrapunji of the South”, is a settlement located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. If you are looking for a green, happy and wild break, this Agumbe Onake Abbi Trek is ringing you for sure. 

Lying in the arms of Western Ghats and at a distance of 380 km from Bengaluru, Agumbe is a beautiful, evergreen rainforest that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous among photography, wildlife and nature enthusiasts, it is precisely a mix of history, culture, nature trails and incessant rains, with a slight tinge of adventure. It is a journey where you can spot wild animals like Sambhar, Civet Cat, Leopard; trek to the offbeat Onake Abbi Falls; spend a good old time in Malgudi Days Home; visit 9th-century Kavaledurga Fort; visit Kundadri Hills. Agumbe is also famous for its cottage industry, medicinal plants, subsistence farming, and Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. Surprisingly, King Cobra is Agumbe’s flagship species; hence, keep an eye on the slithering, hissing and puffing reptile.   

There are too many things to experience and see here. We invite you to a world that is pristine and untouched, unexplored and untamed: Come to life in the dense jungles of Agumbe. Here is a detailed itinerary of Agumbe Onake Abbi Trek prepared by Plan the Unplanned for an extraordinary experience!

Trip Highlights

  1. Firstly, meet fellow travellers and kick off your journey to Agumbe.
  2. secondly, learn about Rainforest Ecology, and the nature of wild animals. 
  3. Thirdly, trek on the offbeat trails of Agumbe Onake Abbi Trek. 
  4. Next, trek to the ruins of Kavaledurga Fort.
  5. Then, visit vintage Malgudi Days home in Doddamane.  
  6. Finally, Kundadri Hills sightseeing.

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Trek Details

  • Trek LevelModerate ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail TypeForests, Meadows and Water Streams
  • Trek Distance8 km ( Onake Abbi Falls Trek ) 6 km ( Kavaledurga Fort Trek )

Important Update: Onake Abbi Falls is currently not allowed due to landslides and rockfall around the water fall area and hence we will be doing an alternate trek to an Offbeat Waterfalls ( to and fro 8 km trek )

Agumbe Onake Abbi Falls Trek - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Leave from Bangalore at 6:30 PM ( approx )

Day 1

  • Reach Homestay and Freshen up
  • Have Breakfast ( Malnad Style Cuisne)
  • Get Set for the trek to Unexplored Falls
  • Rejenuvate at the falls
  • Lunch
  • Drive down to Kundadri Hill
  • Hike up to the fort
  • Descend by 5 PM approx
  • Reach Campsite
  • Dinner and retire for the night

Day 2

  • Wake up, freshen up, and breakfast
  • Vist Malgudi Days home at Doddamane and meet Kasturi Akka
  • Visit Kavaledurga fort
  • Lunch ( Packed )
  • Visit Sirimane Falls
  • Return to Bangalore by 5:00 AM ( tentative timing )

Note:

  • Due to Heavy Monsoons and the forest depaartment denying camping in the wilderness our accommodation would now be shifted to a Homestay.

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Campsite on multiple sharing basis in Tents ( 2/3 sharing, separate for men & women )
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, High Tea and Snacks
  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain
  • Entry fees and Forest Department Permits

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above
  • Cost of entry tickets to Nisargadhama

Pickup Points

Following are the pick-up points & timings:

  • Please select your preferred pickup point from the drop-down list while booking
  • Any change in Pick up locations/ timings would be updated via mail 24 hours before the start of the trip
  • Drop-off points shall be same as the pick-up points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 20
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 8 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, a full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)
  • Mode of Transport depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12, then Tempo traveller. Likewise, if above 12 then it would be a Minibus

Things to Carry

  • Soft Copy of your Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • third, Power Bank
  • Warm Layer 
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 liter each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Next, Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Last, Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary

Agumbe Exploration - Two Day Itinerary

Day 0Depart for Agumbe

An overnight bus journey of 380 km commences from Bangalore. We shall have a brief orientation followed by a fun-filled ice-breaking session where you will get to know your fellow trekkers. 

Day 1Agumbe Onake Abbi Trek and Kavaledurga Fort

The next day as you wake up on the road, you will find yourself in the heart of enormous Western Ghats. After check-in and refreshing, we shall go to have breakfast and then start the Agumbe Onake Abbi Falls trek. Specifically, ‘Onake’ in Kannada means long pole, and ‘Abbi’ means falls. The water falls from a height of 500 m and there is a single stream of water that looks like a pole, and hence the name. The trek crisscrosses from the dense jungle of Agumbe. Subsequently, as you hike to the summit, you will be lucky to spot animals like Sambhar, Mouse Deer, Leopard, etc. In fact, the forest is an evergreen forest and King Cobra’s capital; so, fret not if you spot one or two on the way. Also be ready to spot Draco Flying Lizards, Flying Squirrel, etc. The richness of flora and fauna will bind you by itself and you will be left wondering about the magic of nature.

Then, after lunch and soaking in the happiness, we will go to Kavaledurga Fort and will rest for a while near the river stream. It’s a 5 km trek to the fort from the vast meadows, the mighty jungle. Lastly, we will return to the homestay and celebrate with songs, dance and stories over cups of tea/coffee.

Day 2Visit Malgudi Days Home and Kundadri Hills

Initially, The day will start with a power-packed breakfast. Later we will start on a rendezvous to Malgudi Days home in Doddamane, remember? In the past, in 1986, Malgudi Days was premiered on Television both in English and Hindi. The show was based on R.K. Narayana short story collection. Going inside and looking at the vintage stuff is a drive to the past. Surprisingly, everything is preserved in the way it was. Consecutively, going around will literally give you happy memories.

As we are soaking in the past, it would be the right time to come to the present with a visit to Kundadri Hills. It is a place famous for sunrise. Later, we will start our journey to Bangalore and aim to reach it by 10:30 pm. 

This experience is going to etch a beautiful imprint on your mind. And while you will see, experience and witness a lot, you will also learn about indigenous species of Agumbe Rainforest and learn about their conservation, with buddies who will start as strangers and become members of a family. We care for you, and we are always happy to see you againcheck out our other itineraries and ring us soon.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence, solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence, it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.

 

Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveller on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. The following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. Additionally, you’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be deducted from the overall amount and the balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard-earned money.

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before.”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

Where is Agumbe?

Agumbe is located in district Shimoga, Karnataka, India. Besides, it is located on the Deccan Plateau in the Western Ghats of India.

What is the difficulty of the Agumbe Onake Abbi trek?

Plan the Unplanned considers Agumbe Onaki Abbe Falls Trek as a Medium Trek.

What are the other places to visit in Agumbe?

The other places to visit near Agumbe are-

  • Gopala Krishna Temple
  • Barkana Falls
  • Agumbe Rainforest Research Station
  • Jogi Gundi Falls
  • Kudlu Theertha Waterfalls
  • Jomlu Theertha Falls
  • Kunchikal Falls
  • Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary

 

What is the level of fitness expected from the trekkers?

You need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek. It is a medium difficulty trek as the route is not well-marked, and there are slippery patches on the way. As a result, you will cover most of the course by walking and jumping on obstacles. 

Notes

  • Firstly, consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Secondly, do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • Thirdly, the Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • Next, put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Lastly, in case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.
  • In conclusion, Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc. Kindly do take care.
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