Agumbe (Kannada: ಆಗುಂಬೆ) is a small village located in Shimoga district, Thirthahalli taluk in the Malnad region of Karnataka, India. It is sometimes called “The Cherrapunji of the South” after Cherrapunji, in Northeast India. Agumbe is associated with rainforest conservation efforts, documentation of medicinal plants, tourism (trekking and photography), and promotion of cottage industry. Naxal communists are active in Agumbe and surrounds.
Agumbe lies in the West coastal region of South India(Shimoga District), approximately 100 km north-east of Mangalore and 357 km north-west of Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka in South India. It is approximately 24 km from Shringeri and 55 km from the Arabian Sea and the coast of India at Udupi city which hosts the nearest big railway station. The nearest airport to Agumbe is at Mangalore which lies at a distance of approximately 100 km. The elevation of Agumbe is 643m. As part of the Western Ghats mountain range, Agumbe lies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agumbe is near the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park.
Agumbe is a small hill village with very limited visitor accommodation. The population is approximately 500 people. The village covers an area of 3 square kilometres (1.2 sq mi).
The villagers of Agumbe are subsistence farmers. The Raksha Kavacha Weavers’ Cooperative Society represents the beginnings of cottage industry in the village.
Someshwara (Udupi dist.) below Agumbe
Fog filled valley, Sunset point
Agumbe lies in a hilly, wet region of the Western Ghat mountains. This geography contributes to its scenery, suitability for trekking, leech infestation and motor vehicle accidents. In addition, there are a number of waterfalls in the locality.