Agumbe Exploration

About The Trip

Every traveller’s 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 Exploration 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, and Leopard; trek to the offbeat Kattina Madke Falls; 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.

Brief Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

Day 0

  • Leave from Bangalore at 8:30 PM ( approx )

Day 1

  • Reach Homestay and Freshen up
  • Have Breakfast ( Malnad Style Cuisine)
  • Get Set to trek to the ruins of Kavaledurga Fort
  • Packed lunch
  • Descend down
  • Drive down to Kattina Madke Falls
  • Relax by the waterfalls
  • Visit Agumbe Sunset point ( if time permits )
  • Reach Campsite
  • Dinner and retire for the night

Day 2

  • Wake up early morning to witness sunrise at Kundadri Hills
  • Return to homestay and have breakfast
  • Time to bond over Mud Games
  • Lunch 
  • Visit Jogi Gundi Falls
  • Return to Bangalore by 5:00 AM ( tentative timing )

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Campsite on multiple sharing basis in Tents ( 2/3 sharing, separate for men & women )

  • 2 Breakfast, 2 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



Note: Do not expect any kind of luxury. We have made sure of the basic amenities as regards sleeping, food, and washrooms are available. Expect a rustic and a minimalistic experience

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

New Udupi Grand,

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New Shanti Sagar

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KTM Mekhri Circle,

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Yeshwanthpur Metro

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Detail Itinerary


Meals Not Applicable

Private Vehicle | (Non-AC ( Push Back Seats ))

Stay Not Applicable | (Multiple Sharing separate for men and women)


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Depart from Bangalore.



All Meals

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Homestay | (Multiple sharing Basis ( separate for men and women ))


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Breakfast


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Things To Carry

  • Soft Copy of your Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
  • A small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • 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

Policy and Terms

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 the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of the 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

How to Reach

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 the same as the pick-up points.

FAQ's

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. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all further updates.

Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travellers and outdoor leaders.

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/

Safety and security are our priority at all times. Hence it is 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.

Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)

Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails has a washroom facility during the trek.

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

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

Well, if you select this option, all the travel arrangements for your entire itinerary must be managed by yourself, and Plan the Unplanned crew will not be managing anything related to your travel. We recommend you come via car for a smooth travel experience to, from and within the destination.

We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same

The waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and reddish-hazy sundown over the Arabian Sea make Agumbe a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to the large number of cobras that can be seen here and on the Ghats, the town is often referred to as India's "Cobra Capital."

The ideal monsoon season, which lasts from October to February on average, is the best time to visit this small community since it is moderate and dry—ideal conditions for hiking. Like the rest of the Western Ghats, Agumbe doesn't experience a wide range of temperatures. The majority of the years are cool there. It's very hot and dry between March and May. Late December marks the beginning of winter, as the temperature drops to 18 degrees Celsius.

You can leave your luggage at the homestay/tent and carry the necessary items to the trek.

No, you cannot camp anywhere along the trail.

The trek's network is quite limited. BSNL and Jio will have the highest prospects of obtaining a network.

By Air: Mangalore Airport is the closest airport to Agumbe located 135 km away. By Train: Udupi Railway Station is the closest railway station to Agumbe at 60 km while Shimoga Railway station is 90 km away from Agumbe. By Road: If coming by bus, there are buses from nearby cities including Shimoga, Udupi and Mangalore. Direct buses including KSRTC are available from Bangalore to Agumbe as well. While driving to Agumbe from Bangalore, reach Shimoga first either via Tumkur and divert towards Thirthahalli or head towards Hassan via NH 75 before diverting towards Agumbe via Belur.

Additional Information

  • 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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