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!
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 )
Following are the pick-up points & timings:
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.
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.
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 again—check out our other itineraries and ring us soon.
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 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.
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
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.
Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow
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
Agumbe is located in district Shimoga, Karnataka, India. Besides, it is located on the Deccan Plateau in the Western Ghats of India.
Plan the Unplanned considers Agumbe Onaki Abbe Falls Trek as a Medium Trek.
The other places to visit near Agumbe are-
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.