Agumbe, a small hill station in Karnataka, is a beautiful unsung town. And since I love writing about mysterious
small places, I had to collate my rather older memories to come up with this one.
I visited Agumbe with a popular travel group “Monks on Wheels“. My colleague and his school friends started MOW back in 2015
and since it was their first trip as well, it had to be special for all of us. A small group of 11 peeps headed out for a
short trip which included this old magnificent town!
We started out early in the morning by road, had a short stay at Shettihalli Church on the way, and reached Agumbe around
2000 hours. Yes. one long journey indeed! But every bit of it, worth the effort!
We had our own car then but in case you don’t, MOW provides chargeable mode of transport as well!
Having known one of their
peeps, we exchanged a lot of fun pleasantries while we stopped for the church and munch breaks. MOW is a group of jolly good fellas who’d make you feel so much at home(not literally), that feeling left out
would be the last thought crossing your mind.
Also sitting in Agumbe is a house of utter childhood importance! A brainstorm with the gust of nostalgia when you hear the tunes of this show – Dodda Mane– The house where the extremely popular television series “Malgudi Days” was
shot. Yes! And to top it up, MOW made arrangements to let us crash in that house for a night! The owners of the house are
extremely welcoming and humble. They fed us with their scrumptious food, which in essence is an exquisite local Karnataka
cuisine. Home cooked food with the local touch! All we wanted(read needed) after an entire day’s voyage!
The next day, we left for a morning trek, losing ourselves into the thriving, dense forests. Agumbe is also known for ferocious venomous snakes in the
woods. Their presence on the way to trek is not life threatening so we kept rooting for the destination! The waterfall was
an absolutely charm! Everyone dove straight into the bone chilling blue water, tickled in pink!
Peeps gone berserk there!
The next stay was camping amidst the forest. Under the sky with an astonishingly clear sight of the stars, we had a
bonfire chirp! A lot of jabber, music and self heals!
Agumbe is hemmed in by some breathtaking waterfalls, some of them being Onake Abbi Falls, Jogigundi Falls, Barkana, Koodlu Theertha. Pick your fav and go!
This destination is your next weekender if all you want to do is be one with nature.