Agumbe Rainforest Trip (Monsoon Special)from
Weekend Trip to Agumbe Rainforest from Bangalore
One of its 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!
- Reviews 8 Reviews5/5
- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Easy to Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
Before reading anything further, watch the video below to have a sneak peek into the magical world of Agumbe!
This monsoons, Muddie Trails heartfully brings you the unique combination of lush green mountains, thunderous waterfalls, thrilling Hikes, misty valleys, beautiful fort, remote village homestay with 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 not 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.
Highlights of the Agumbe Trip:
- Kavaledurga Fort Trek (Easy)
- Rainforest Waterfalls
- Silent Lake
- Nagara Fort (Green carpet)
- Rainforest Pools (Rainforest special experience)
- Kundadri Hills (Highest road access to Agumbe)
- Sringeri Temple & Hanging bridge
- Campfire (if no rain)
- Malnad style veggie food
- Day 0 Onward journey to Agumbe
- Start from Bangalore, an overnight journey
- Day 1 Around Agumbe Rainforest
- 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.
- Visit a giant silent lake in the lap of rainforest. Spend rest of the evening in the peaceful setting.
- Head back to the homestay by late evening.
- Have some snacks with tea.
- Bonfire at night (if it doesn’t rain or not damp) with long conversations in the dark. In rainy season chances are less.
- Well deserved hot vegetarian dinner.
- Rest in the rooms with mattress, pillow and blanket.
- Note: Itinerary places may be shuffled based on need. Trip Leader will take decision on the order of places.
- Day 2 Nagara Fort, Rainforest Pools, Kundadri Hills
- Freshen up and Breakfast, pack your bags, say bye to the homestay.
- Visit beautiful Nagara Fort with a green carpet of lawn all over because of monsoon rains.
- The view of backwaters & the surrounding mountains from top of the fort walls is spellbinding.
- Give a visit to an interesting ancient place called ”Devagange” which is kind of a swimming pool made of rain forest water. The pool is designed in such a way the rain water from surrounding forest naturally enters the pool from different directions and then exits through one end. In this way, the fresh mountain water keeps getting added to the pool for a refreshing bath.
- Break for a lunch at a local restaurant near Agumbe village.
- Head to Kundadri hills – The highest point in the Agumbe mountain range, have a sneak peek of the extremely beautiful and dense Agumbe rainforest filled with rich vegetation, pristine rivers, and gigantic lakes.
- Note: If we travel by mini-bus, then we need to walk up 2.5 km on road as big vehicles cannot reach Kundadri top. Alternatively, we can take a ’pick up van’ if available at that time.
- Head to the temple town Sringeri, visit the temple which is also called as Sharada Peetham. There is a beautiful hanging bridge here across the free flowing Tunga river that originates from Agumbe mountains.
- Finish Dinner at a local hotel at Sringeri.
- Overnight journey back to Bangalore.
- Day 3 Reach home!
- This trip involves basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay without any luxury, whatsoever.
- This is a group trip with shared model. It may not suit everyone – especially for those expecting privacy and comfort. It best suits for people who wish to socialize.
- Please do not book this trip if you are not okay with above points.
- 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).
- Basic dormitory stay with mattress, blanket, pillow – gender separated.
- Our village homestay is has all the basic facilities. It is located in the heart of the rainforest. The surroundings are green, calm, and rejuvenating. One can hear many kinds of birds chirping in the morning.
- It has spacious living rooms to keep your luggage and take good rest. Mattresses are arranged in the night. It can easily accommodate 20+ people overall.
- Additionally, there are 2 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 (if no rain).
- There are common and well-maintained washrooms.
- Mobile signal doesn’t work.
- 2 Breakfasts, 1 packed Lunch, 1 Dinner (all veg) are included.
- Basic local food.
- 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: 5 Km (up & down).
- Time taken: Usually 2 to 3 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.
Silk Board / HSR Layout: 9:00 PM Marathahalli: 9:25 PM Tin Factory: 9:40 PM Goraguntepalya: 10:35 to 10:50 PM (based on traffic)
• In front of Udupi Grand restaurant on Service road
• In front of Mahindra Showroom
• Tin Factory Bus Stop towards HP petrol pump
• Metro Station Bus Stop towards Hospital
Silk Board / HSR Layout: 9:00 PM
Marathahalli: 9:25 PM
Tin Factory: 9:40 PM
Goraguntepalya: 10:35 to 10:50 PM (based on traffic)
Note on start time: Depending on the type of weekend and weather/traffic conditions, the Organizers may decide to start 1 hour early sometimes or 1 hour late sometimes. Trip Leader will update exact start timing in the Whatsapp group.
What’s next after booking your trip:
- A Whatsapp group shall be created on the trip day and Vehicle & Trip Leader details will be shared.
- This trip involves traveling with strangers and night stays (if any). Please be mindful that:
- It is mandatory to share your personal information with the team along with a copy of your government approved ID card.
- You will need to share your co-traveler(s) details if you have booked more than one seat.
- Live location of the vehicle will be sent in the group once it starts at the first point.
- 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 Feb end.
- Travel (Tempo or mini-bus, Non AC), Tolls
- Village homestay (separate dorms with mattress for guys and girls), hot water, clean washrooms
- Food: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Evening snacks, 1 Dinner (all pure Veg)
- Experience all places mentioned in the Highlights section
- Entry tickets & forest permissions
- Campfire (if it doesn’t rain at that time)
- Trip Leader(s)
- Lunch, Dinner on Day 2
- Any misc. expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above
Terms & Conditions:
- The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule shall be entertained. Do not give advice(s) to the Trip Leader(s) to change the itinerary.
- 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 treks. There may be snakes, scorpions, and 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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/100% postponement if you inform about your cancellation before 48 hours of the event start time. An email has to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to raise a cancellation request.
- No refund/postponing is allowed within 48 hours of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, Accident, Covid, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
- No refund/postponing is allowed for partial payment – booking fee – which is done to book your slot.
- No refund during/after the event.
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.
Cancellation due to external factors
Muddie Trails may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc.
In these scenarios:
- No Refund is allowed.
- 100% trip amount can be used for any other new 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.
- Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.
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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