Agumbe Rainforest Trip with Jog Fallsfrom
Weekend Trip to Agumbe Rainforest from Bangalore
One of it’s kind of a trip with rain forest stay experience, trek to an old mountain fort, play in hidden waterfalls, visit beautiful rainforest lake, and much more!
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Easy
- Group Size Medium Group
Before reading anything further, watch the video to have a sneak peek of the magical world of Agumbe in monsoons!
This monsoon, Muddie Trails heartfully brings you the unique and amazing combination of
- Lush green mountains
- Wettest rainforests
- Thunderous waterfalls
- Thrilling Hikes
- Misty valleys
- Beautiful Fort
- Ancient Temple
- Forest Village homestay
- Delicious Malnad style food
A whole new ecosystem comes to life when monsoons hit Western Ghats. Agumbe rainforest has once even surpassed Cherrapunji of Meghalaya as the place with the highest rainfall. It rains so much that, all the lakes & streams overflow, they form plenty of waterfalls (some of them as gigantic as Jog falls, which is in the same district) and forests soak enough water that feeds rivers till next summer.
Nestled in the heart of tropical rainforests with rich biodiversity, Agumbe is located at a distance of 380 Km from Bangalore. It receives more than 7,500 mm of mean annual rainfall, one of the highest in India. Trekking through its forests to visit the waterfalls is a delight to nature lovers. Agumbe is also called King Cobra capital because of the highest density of snakes found here. However, they usually do not come on our trek path, and trekkers are cautioned to wander into the forest. It’s not surprising to find common non-venomous snakes like a green vine, different species of frogs, reptiles, and other amphibians.
Few etiquettes to follow when you visit Agumbe:
- Just surrender yourself to raw nature
- Enjoy the visual feast
- Smell the wild, get wet & get muddy
- Forget everything else, even the mobile signal
Highlights of the Agumbe Trip:
- The amazing 5 km Kavaledurga Fort Trek (Easy)
- Rainforest Waterfalls
- Silent Lake (Rainforest Special experience)
- Jog Falls, Nagara Fort (July to October)
- Kundadri Hills, Jogi Gundi Falls (November and later)
- Campfire (It, it doesn’t rain)
- Good veggie food
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- Day 0 Schedule
- Start from Bangalore, an overnight journey
- Day 1 Schedule
- Reach homestay close to the forest, freshen up
- Fuel up with a nice Malnad style breakfast
- Drive to the base of ancient Kavaledurga Fort, start hiking up to enjoy the mesmerizing trek route that starts with lush green rice fields that give way to a human-made path made with boulders
- There is an ancient temple in the middle and many ponds that served as water stores at that time
- This is a 2.5 Km easy trek (one way) with stunning views of the rainforest from the top
- Head back to the vehicle, jungle walk of 1 km to take a dip under the pristine Rainforest Waterfalls of Western Ghats that is Agumbe special, have lunch overlooking the falls
- Head back to the homestay
- Visit a giant Silent lake in the lap of rainforest
- Bonfire at night with long conversations in the dark
- Well deserved hot & delicious vegetarian dinner
- Rest in the rooms
- Day 2 Schedule
- Freshen up and Breakfast, pack your bags, leave Homestay
- Visit beautiful Nagara Fort with a green carpet of lawn all over because of monsoon rains.
- Head towards spectacular Jog Falls, finish Lunch at a restaurant before visiting falls.
- Get set for a visual feast. Experience remarkably huge Jog Falls. The magnitude of falls, the ferocious sound of this natural wonder can actually give us goosebumps. On a rainy day with passing clouds, feeling the moisture on our face standing in front of Jog Falls is an experience of a kind.
- Get back to the vehicle and start return journey towards Bangalore by evening.
- Dinner on the way at a Dhaba.
- Day 3 Schedule
- Reach home early in the morning.
- As of Sept/Oct 2021, Shimoga district (of Agumbe) has mandated Covid-19 full vaccination certificate (2 doses completed) or RTPCR negative report for tourist spots like Jog Falls.
- If you cannot get it from Bangalore, we can get a Rapid test locally at a village near our homestay. It will cost you 100 INR.
- Tempo Traveler or Mini Bus (with push back seats).
- Note: This trip involves overnight journey on a push back seater (Not sleeper or semi-sleeper).
- We request you to book this trip only if you can handle slight discomfort (especially last row of the vehicle).
- Dormitory stay with comfortable mattress, blanket, pillow.
- Our village homestay is a duplex house with all the basic facilities. It is located in the heart of the rainforest. The surroundings are green, calm, and rejuvenating. One can hear many birds chirping in the morning. The first floor is usually assigned to women, and the ground floor is given to men.
- Both floors have spacious living rooms to keep your luggage and take good rest. Mattresses are arranged in the night. Both floors can easily accommodate 20 people overall.
- Additionally, there are 3 Quechua rain-proof tents of 2-sharing, just in case, anyone prefers to sleep outside. There is a common area with a lawn in front of the homestay which is used for the campfire and other activities.
- There are common and well-maintained washrooms in different areas of the ground floor. They have bathing as well as a toilet facility. Hot water is provided in a typical village setting by burning wood in a heat chamber.
- 2 Breakfasts, 1 packed Lunch, 1 Dinner (all veg) are included.
- Food during journey is self sponsored
- Please check Inclusions, Exclusions of Agumbe Rainforest trip package below for complete list of things included in your trip cost.
- Kavaledurga Fort Trek Distance: 6 Km (up & down).
- Time taken: Usually 3 to 4 hours.
- Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.
- Terrain type: Forest, Fort hike.
- Can beginners attempt this trek?
Yes. Even first timers may attempt this trek. It’s more of a rainforest experience than trekking or hiking.
Things to carry:
- Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste,
- A lightweight large Backpack for the trip (no suitcase, no trolley)
- A small backpack for the trek (to carry a Lunch packet, water bottle, snacks, etc)
- Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID)
- Poncho or rainproof jacket with a hood (from June to October)
- Track pants, full sleeve T-shirt for the trek
- Cap/hat (to avoid getting tanned)
- Sunglasses (to keep your eyes fresh)
- Power bank, charger, camera, binoculars (if you wish to)
- Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our homestay
- Disposable garbage covers (To separate used/unused, dry/wet clothes)
- Good grip trekking shoes or sandals
- Your personal medications, if any
- Pair of water wear to take a dip in the waterfalls/sea
- Carrying a handwash/sanitizer/tissues will help during the trip
- Carry your jerkin/sweater – it can get cold at night
- Carry a lil bit of cash for Sunday Lunch, Dinner, and misc. Expenses
- Don’t carry expensive items. You are responsible for your own belongings.
Central Silk Board Bus Stop: 9:00 PM Marathahalli: 9:25 PM Tin Factory: 9:40 PM Goraguntepalya: 10:35 to 10:50 PM (based on traffic)
Central Silk Board Bus Stop: 9:00 PM
Marathahalli: 9:25 PM
Tin Factory: 9:40 PM
Goraguntepalya: 10:35 to 10:50 PM (based on traffic)
What’s next after booking your trip:
- A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks a few hours before the trip.
- You may say hi to other trekkers and get prepared for the trip.
- We will set expectations about the trip, remind you of important Terms & Conditions.
- June to Oct (monsoon months): Thick clouds, persistent rains, leeches, plenty of water in waterfalls. The wild and wet season for Agumbe. Water everywhere.
- Nov to Feb (winter, pre-summer): Clouds playing hide and seek, misty landscapes, a good amount of water in waterfalls, peaceful sunsets, the rainforest views are pretty clear, pleasant weather to climb, Bonfire at night gives great experience in the middle of the forest.
- March to May (summer): Gets dry, still there’s water in falls and streams. We usually stop doing Agumbe by March.
- Travel (Tempo or mini-bus, Non AC)
- Village Homestay (separate Dorms with mattress for guys and girls), hot water, clean washrooms
- Food: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner (all Veg)
- Experience all places mentioned in the Highlights section
- Campfire (if it doesn’t rain at that time)
- Trip Leader
- Lunch, Dinner on Day 2
- Any misc. expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above
- No Luxury. We assure awesome memories every trip, but not awesome facilities.
- We provide basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay.
- The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule are permitted. Do not give advice(s) to the Organizer.
- Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
- No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
- Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
- Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
- Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for trekkers. There may be snakes, scorpions, and other dangerous animals.
- Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
- The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek which will be informed 24 hours before the trip start time.
- Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
- Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
- Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.
Cancellation by Traveler
- 80% refund if you inform about your cancellation before 48 hours of the event start time.
- No refund within 48 hours of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
- No refund during/after the event.
- Registration fee or partial payment which is done to book your slot is non-refundable.
- No refund if you drop out because of COVID.
- No refund if you are not allowed to join the trip while boarding due to COVID symptoms. Refer to this COVID blog for details.
- No refund if the event is cancelled/postponed because of COVID-induced lockdown/restrictions imposed by the government. In this case, your trip amount shall be used as credit for future trips.
Cancellation by Muddie Trails
Muddie Trails may decide to cancel the event if there are less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.
What if we don’t get the minimum number of people for the trip?
We have 2 options in this case:
Option 1: Complete refund.
Option 2: Switch to any other trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.
Our village homestay is a duplex house with all the basic facilities. It is located in the heart of the rainforest. The surroundings are green, calm, and rejuvenating. One can hear many birds chirping in the morning. The first floor is usually assigned to women, and the ground floor is given to men. Both floors have spacious living rooms to keep your luggage and take good rest. Mattresses are arranged in the night. Both floors can easily accommodate 20 people overall. Additionally, there are 3 Quechua rain-proof tents of 2-sharing, just in case, anyone prefers to sleep outside. There is a common area with a lawn in front of the homestay which is used for the campfire and other activities.
There are common and well-maintained washrooms in different areas of the ground floor. They have bathing as well as a toilet facility. Hot water is provided in a typical village setting by burning wood in a heat chamber.
It falls under easy difficulty level. Even first timers may attempt this trek. It’s more of a rainforest experience than trekking or hiking
It’s just about a 5 Km trek up and down for Kavaledurga fort. Usually on Day 2 bigger vehicles cannot reach the top of Kundadri hill, so we may have to walk 6 Km up and down on a broken road.
- Surely the monsoons (June to Oct). It’s a great experience this time for the travelers who don’t care about getting wet and wild. Having said that, the water flow will be huge at this time.
- The best time to take dips in waterfalls is post monsoons (Nov to Feb). The climate is also very pleasant. Because of its proximity to the west coast, it doesn’t get too cold here.
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