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07 June 2016

A Slice of the Western Ghats: AGUMBE

Agumbe is a tiny village in Shimoga district, and part of the eco-sensitive zone of the Western Ghats, the lifeline of the coast. The region receives very heavy rainfall, and is also referred to as the Cherrapunji of the South. The region has lush beautiful rain forests, and is also home to a number of unique flora and fauna, indigenous to the zone. The enigmatic King Cobra also resides in the in the thick rainforests. 


Someshwar village, just before the ascent begins

The fourteen hairpin bends are famous, besides being dangerous. Driving here is pure anticipation for the others on the road to drive safe, as much as oneself. Sometimes the driving gets crazy though, as cabs tend to overtake even on the acute bends to save a few minutes. 

There is a sunset point at one of the higher points, from where the view of the vast green expanse and the verdant landscape can leave one exhilarated. The visitors gallery appears a bit precarious though. Make sure you spend sometime here. 
(Not maintained well, lot of rubbish strewn around. When will we learn!)

We thoroughly enjoyed the drive through this region. The green canopy overhead was refreshing. The fresh jungle scent felt so good too! We didn't spot many jungle inmates, except for monkeys and a lion-tailed macaque. Early morning or late evening would be the best time of the day to visit the region.

22 comments:

  1. The hair-pin bends look very dangerous.

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    1. They are, so one's got to be very careful.

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  2. Amazing place! Loved the pics Piyu, esp the monkeys :)!

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    1. Hehe, there are so many of them around! Generations together :)

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  3. Beautiful captures Priyanka. Always love the western ghats.

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    1. Yes Sims, thanks to these mighty giants standing guard to our coast!

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  4. It is a truly beautiful place; well captured Priyanka.

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  5. The place of max rain fall.. Amazing Photographs of the place, Priyanka.. Thanks for sharing the Post!

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    1. Yes Sir, blessed land that is in urgent need of protection! Thank you :)

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  6. Lovely pics! Did you visit the house where Malgudi Days serial was shot?

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    1. No, we passed by the house (Dodda Mane), located by the road in the heart of Agumbe town, but did not stop there.

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  7. Beautiful and scenic drive.

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  8. Its a beauty. a treat to eyes :)

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  9. Good post.
    Will maruti Ritz be able to cover this area??

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    1. Yes, you can comfortably do the circuit with a Ritz!

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