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How I Jimpified My life in Agumbe Rainforest

Viper : Up close and personal

We do complain about almost everything. “It is so hot, why is it not raining?!!” :  Our first complaint. Then one day it started to pour cats and dogs. “I will get sick because/of this rains. When will it stop?” : the next one. Our complains go on and on. Due to similar complaints, many of the people avoid travelling during monsoon time. I agree that it is quite uncomfortable to travel during monsoons. But if you decide to celebrate the rains, it is completely a different thing.

I decided to celebrate the rains. Which could be a better place to visit during monsoon season, than a rainforest?! So it was Agumbe this time.

Agumbe is a small village in Karnatka around 360km away from Bangalore. Agumbe is one of the wettest places in India. Some say it is the wettest place in India, Some say it comes after Cherrapunji. As I haven’t visited Cherrapunji yet, this is the wettest place in India for me. Thus the destination was fixed. With a fellow explorer, we went to Agumbe from Bangalore on our bike.

It was a very pleasant climate when we started off. It wasn’t raining, even though the dark clouds were flying around. But Agumbe, true to its reputation, welcomed us with a heavy rain from nowhere.

First rain in Agumbe
First rain in Agumbe

It was sudden, it was heavy and the visibility was less. Let me remind you one thing that, it was just the starting of rainy season. So we knew we are officially in Agumbe.

Later We met our couch surfing friend and we were all set for our rainforest adventures. The roads were awesome, the asphalt as well as the greenery on the sides. It offered a smooth soothing ride.

The lovely roads
The lovely roads

And the place was filled with trees, plants and all sort of green things. Oops, I was going through a rainforest. No need to emphasis these things. But anyway I had some photography fun with these trees and lush greenery.

One stop for a photography experiment
One stop for a photography experiment

Soon the forest off-road welcomed us. It was even more beautiful.  But it was a bit tricky road as it was not a metalled road. At the end of that road awaited the trek route. Even more beautiful, it was.

Let the trek begins
Let the trek begins

Our trek to find out the waterfalls began from here. The route to the destination was not smooth, we had so many obstacles to cross in that route. But thankfully they were some beautiful obstacles.

Water crossings on the way
Water crossings on the way

We were experiencing a proper rainforest for the first time. The trees were tall, the forest was dense. And the rain made everything so green.

An authentic rainforest experience
An authentic rainforest experience

And someone was already in love with the forest and left his/her mark on one particular tree.

Must have hugged the tree as well
Must have hugged the tree as well

And the forest returned it’s love by creating steps for an easier trekking.

Steps made by Nature
Steps made by Nature

Anyway it was an easy trek. The authorities have already made concrete steps for a better trekking  experience for people of all experience levels, beginners to experts.

As we were walking through those man-made as well as natural steps, the rain which was taking a short break came back to visit us. What else can we expect inside a rainforest?! But by that time, we saw the first glimpse of the waterfalls.

Rainfall and Waterfall
Rainfall and Waterfall

And there it was, water falling as high as 300 feet (probably). The people looked really tiny.

Koodlu waterfalls
Koodlu waterfalls

Thus we reached Koodlu falls successfully.

Some guy enjoying the Grandeur of Koodlu falls
Some guy enjoying the Grandeur of Koodlu falls

I felt it was an easy trek. Maximum half an hour to reach the falls. As well-defined trekking paths are visible unlike before, less chances of getting lost.

After that we went to see a view-point. Clouds were kind enough to make some way for us to give a glimpse of the beauty.

Another waterfalls from the view point
Another waterfalls from the view point

And it was time for our greatest adventure to meet some rainforest wildlife. We already met some ‘leeches’ on our way, if you like to call them ‘wildlife’. Well, sure they are part of the forest. So our first encounter was with leeches. But the next one was even better (call scarier if you may). It was a viper.

Viper : Up close and personal
Viper : Up close and personal

We met a guy who helped us to spot this snake. To be able to try my hands on my first ever ‘wildlife photography’ attempt was fun. And I could start off with a Viper! It was definitely a great experience.

 

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57 thoughts on “How I Jimpified My life in Agumbe Rainforest

  1. One of my favourite places too! The ht. of kudlu falls takes some getting used to … It’s only when u see the tiny humans u realise what a drop it is. Love the shot of the snake!

  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvRZIAwkTvQ …oh yes two brothers, there is a scene or two where the tiger cubs show tender emotions of affection, protection of the other and all and another real story about a lion called christy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvCjyWp3rEk … it was pet lion turned wild but recognized its owners… there is a guy called Micheal who has 3 tigers as pets in his home, Enzo, Ozzy and one more new addition… https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3SIm-UNl4Ou381-PYKzU8w … I think all creatures have souls as long as there is all this affection world looks nice…if it is possible with animals I think humans it is possible but lot of humans have gone crazy like wild animals): world is indeed a big place some amazing thing is happening some where we don’t know about… anyway…

  3. from that cottage which was the cheapest online…Giridarshini something, I could see some nice birds, I liked one which had a fat brown tummy, though a very small bird… anyway, our cottqage that a glass enclosure and could just sit and watch the outdoor from the glass enclosure… also saw pigs and deers around so nice… you know last year I had a bucket list of taking tiger survey, but after I heard that animal kills man, hard to like it still, but I got some nice tiger pet videos and lion videos so would not mind taking survey for them… interesting creatures, especially the cubs, actually very playful things when those animals are young…anyway

    1. Wow.. sounds like an amazing view from the cottage. Like a dream home. Well you will be accompanied by experts during the survey I guess. Probably it will be safe.
      Indeed, all the creatures including humans, are cute when they are babies 😉

  4. if your going to BR hills go in summer time not now in rainy windy time(: yes I have read a lot about western ghats… anyway if your organizing a trip near Karnataka let me know, will try to come(:… nice FB stuff for Trablogger(:…

    1. I don’t mind going on rainy windy time.. you have already seen 😉
      Well if you are interested in the trip, there is a link at the end of this post. Check that out.
      Thanks for checking out fb 🙂

  5. hmmm… first let me start with rain… You 2 weeks back we went to BR hills, it is known as Billigiri Ranganatha Bette I guess… and it was a horrible trip because we did not catch a direct bus to the hills… and when we reached it was 4:30pm, really late… however I was not disappointed all 100%… the rain made things exciting with cold and due and mist…and the place was really green… I could see so many trees dancing from that accomodation place too… and ventured out in the rain to nearby spot where there was temple, climb up stairs and all… since it was hilly it was fun walking up slope itself, curving roads(: around. The main attraction was K Gudi wildlife sanctuary…with the rains missed it, no safari… and that was one reason to feel sad, yet enjoyed what we could without regrets…next day took a jeep ride, and spotted loads of deers and pigs mostly, then went to a spot to get full veiw of the hills around…I think some Sathyamangalam hills are visible from the spot, then climbed the whole stairs to the temple up completely(:… so did small things but was happy with it though I had all the reasons to be unhappy due to the rains, but Ireally thought got a different feel of the rains despite the horrible bus journeys where a drunk guy was troubling my Mom on the bus too):… don’t know how to explain…a new place has it’s flavour, you feel a bit of it that is really nice… now this blog of yours got me completely excited like how the place would have been in rains… can you imagine a place where there is nothing but roads up and trees and forest stuff… BR hills looked scary to me that way first until got used to it… I am sure it must have been a good place to trak only wild animals can be here and there so maybe it is not so… anyway… nice, keep up with the photography amazing viper… so escaped the leeches here

    1. You ve been talking about BR hills for long. Now I think I need to check out the place by myself! But I am sure there are so many similar awesome hills around Karnataka. Need to do from one side 😀
      Glad you liked the photograph of viper. If you are planning to visit, let me know. I am planning to organise a trip soon.

    1. Thank you Archita
      The expert said twice the length of the snake is a safe distance. I was in a safe distance. And I didn’t disturb it much 😉

      1. No. They are great photos. I just got an iPhone, and I’m learning on the thing. Just wondering…sometimes you can’t tell the difference, eh?

  6. Oh my! What an amazing trek! The wonder of roots, while often keeping our eyes on the ground, to not fall over them, makes it such a wondrous journey of what is beneath our feet as well. I LOVED your viper!
    Looking forward to following this entire adventure!!!

    1. of course. Also you need to keep a constant watch on your feet anyway .. Lookout for the leeches 😛
      Yea, even I am glad to spot and to be able to capture a viper.
      Hopefully I will update them soon 🙂

  7. Unbelievably beautiful through your lens! Love the shot of the mountains, clouds, and waterfalls; an exquisite capture.
    Travel during monsoons, and you didn’t complain. 🙂 Thank you for the tour. That viper… 😕

      1. The shot of the viper is cool, but I like the photos of trees, trail, waterfalls.. more. The 300 ft waterfall is really a remarkable capture! Did you not find other wildlife to photo other than viper?

  8. Southern India looks so nice. I could end up here from a daytrip from Bangalore one day. I wouldn’t like being out in the rain like that though. 😀 And that viper looks menacing!

    1. Yep South India looks nice. But North East India is even more beautiful. Never been there yet. Well we have a small travel startup operating from Bangalore. Do let me know if you need any help. 🙂

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