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Agumbe Rainforest Camping Experience

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Cherish sunsets with wild creatures and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the earth. – Stewart Udall

Looking for your next trek destination?  Pack your bags and leave overnight to an altitude of 2,725 feet above sea level, camping amidst the lush rainforests of Agumbe in Shimoga, Karnataka.

Located at a distance of 380 km from Bangalore, Agumbe is a high altitude village in the Malnad region of Karnataka and is often referred to as “The Cherrapunji of the South” because of its scenic beauty and biodiversity. It also comprises of many medicinal plants and is home to the only Rainforest Research Station in India. Surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Western Ghats, covered in depths of lowland rainforests and touched by beautiful waterfalls and streams, Agumbe is the perfect place for a trek.

Start your journey through a trail of forest to immerse yourself in the beauty of a waterfall, warm your hands over the campfire, travel to the era of Malgudi days and drink in the spectacular view from one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats.

These are just a few of the many unique spots that you will visit as a part of our 2-day Agumbe Trek. Read on to know what else is in store!


Trek Details

  • Trek LevelEasy - Moderate ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail TypeTrekking, Waterfalls, Camping, Temple Visit
  • Trek Distance 12 km ( including both the days )

Agumbe Rainforest Camping - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Depart from Bangalore At 8 PM

Day 1

  • Reach Homestay/Campsite
  • Freshen Up and Breakfast
  • Reach The Trek Base and Start Your Trek To Kavaledurga Fort (6kms to and fro)
  • Packed lunch
  • Time for a dip in Bhimanakatte River
  • Watch Sunset from the picturesque Agumbe Sunset Viewpoint
  • Return to homestay
  • Campfire ( if weather permits)
  • Dinner
  • Rest for The Night

Day 2

  • Wake up early morning to catch the sunrise at Kundadri Hills
  • Breakfast
  • Visit Koodlu Theertha Falls
  • Self-Sponsored lunch
  • Depart to Bangalore and reach late night by 11:00 PM(Approx)

Price Inclusions

  • Campsite in a backyard of the homestay. Note: Forest camping is not allowed ( Please read the disclaimer at the end of the details )
  • Accommodation in tents on a double/triple sharing basis, separate for men & women. If couples ( let us know on call )
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
  • Non A/C Tempo Traveller or Mini-bus with push back seats depending on group size
  • Washrooms/Changing room facility available
  • Sleepings bags/blankets available (Separate for men & women)
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Entry fees
  • Any other meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above

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 the same as the pick-up points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 25 to 30 pax
  • 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, 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 Transort depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12 then Tempo traveller and if above 12 then it would be a Minibus

Things to Carry

  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer 
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre 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
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary


Agumbe rainforest camping is an experience which will be very native and simple to give you a feel of the village life. Agumbe is surrounded by the Western Ghats and lush rainforests also often called the Cherrapunji of South India. We expect the travellers to leave behind their comfort zones and enroll only if you are ready to experience the outdoors without any major hassles and complain with regards to our arrangements. We will take care of all the basic necessities and arrange everything that is possible. Camping in the forest is not allowed due to safety aspects and permits but we shall be camping in an open ground surrounded by nature which is in close proximity to the homestay.

Agumbe Rainforest - Two Day Itinerary

Day 0 - Leave from Bangalore

Pack your bags and huddle up at the mentioned pick up points, meet your co-travelers and get ready to experience Agumbe!

Day 0 - Trek to Kavaledurga Fort

We will be reaching Agumbe approximately at 6:00 AM and head over to the homestay where you can freshen up and get ready for the day ahead of us. After indulging in the specialty breakfast native to Agumbe we start our day. 

Our first stop would be Kavaledurga fort, a 9th-century fort that offers a spectacular view from the top. It is a trek of about 6 km (to and fro) and is considered as an easy trek. After spending some time on top, we will head back down to the base to have our packed lunch by a scenic lake.

Just an hour away from this place lies the river of Bhimankatte where you can go refresh yourself in the cold water at a spot which is not known to many! After you have finished having your fun and are all dried up, we head over to watch the world-famous Agumbe Sunset. The sunset point in Agumbe is a must-visit place for every traveler as the view of the sunset and the changing colors of the sky will definitely soothe your soul. 

Once the sunsets, we shall head back over to the homestay, freshen up and have a light snack. Our camps are set up a little further away from the homestay and a bonfire is lit (depending on weather conditions). Have a delicious dinner and retire for the night.

Day 2 -Sunrise at Kundadri Hills and Visit Koodlu Theertha Falls

We wake up early morning in order to get started with our day. After freshening up and eating a good breakfast, we leave for Kannur an approximately 50km hr journey. Reaching Kannur, we spend the day exploring the beaches and forts of the area. Kannur houses a number of beaches, giving us a tough time in order to decide which one(s) to explore, these include the Muzhappilangad drive-in beach, the Payyambalam beach, the Thottada beach, and the Meenkunnu beach to name a few. Other famous sites include the Mridanga Saileswari temple, Arakkal museum, Dharmadam Island, Fort. St Angelo, Cannanore lighthouse. The magical view of Kannur makes it an off-beat destination for tourists. One can rarely find crowds in popular places of the region- the Fort St Angelo and Muzhappilangad drive-in beach.
Muzhappilangad Drive-In Beach is the longest Drive-In Beach in India and is featured among the top 6 best beaches for driving in the world, and also considered as the longest drive-in beach in Asia. After a very productive day spent on exploring the Kannur region of the state, we board the bus leaving for Bangalore. Take a good much-required sleep in order to be fresh when we reach Bangalore by early morning the next day.

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers 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 accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany 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 traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. 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. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the 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?

The general cancellation policy for weekend treks from Bangalore is listed below

  • 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

For all the above points 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

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.
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Palash K

Solo Traveller

Agumbe rainforest trek was my first with plantheunplanned group.the experience was superb as they organized it beautifully.Special thanks to Steffi and Abhijit as they not only followed the itinerary fully but also kept things smooth .I’ve never travelled with them before but i felt as if I’m traveling with them for real long time ,such was the environment.Ive been to Agumbe before but missed the sunrise and sunset but this time because of them only I’ve got good clicks which I’ll share later.overall the experience was really amazing and looking forward to travel with them again for sure.

November 14, 2020

Hemant Bhedasgaonkar

Solo Traveller

Agumbe Trek and Camping experience 🏔
It was a amazing weekend getaway for me !!
The way i imagined how a perfect trip it should be , it was the same a complete package!
Got to trek , nice sunset point view , camping experience in forest , Amazing sunrise and a beautuful waterfall and delicious local food.
Yess , And to cover this all these places in a proper way and time , we had 2 of best trek leads @Abhiram and @Nagashri.They supported and took care of us very well! 😄
Will look forward for more such outings with @plantheunplanned in future 🤗 Kudos!!

September 17, 2020

Shruthi Gr

Solo Traveller

Agumbe Trek : A Beautiful place and a Wonderful Trek with PTU to Agumbe.. My second Trek with them and it was absolutely worth everything.. Kavale Durga Fort Trek and Kundadri were at its Best.. I’m not very fond of waterfalls since its mostly crowded.. but Katina Madke Waterfalls which we went to on the first day had just PTU people around and so liked that aswell.. Trek leads were friendly and the local guide was this lil innocent boy, Abhi, whom I spoke to the most. ( I’m glad that he tolerated me and answered all the silly questions asked 😉 ) And food, have to mention about this, loved ಕೇೂಟೇ ಕಡುಬು, the local food out there which was served for breakfast.. Also a surprise awaits you on the second day, lemme not mention that here.. (you’ll absolutely love this!) Overall, a must visit place with PTU.. More to come 🙂

November 23, 2019