This car -Maruti Suzuki Ciaz (ground clearance -170mm) made it all the way to KCRE without a scratch, in case you are wondering!
HOW TO GET HERE:
By Bus from Bangalore:
A KSRTC Sleeper bus leaves for Agumbe every day at 10:00 pm. From Platform No. 5 at the Kempegowda
Bus Stand (Majestic bus stand) in Bangalore.
L V Travels Sleeper bus to Agumbe at 10:00pm from Anand Rao circle, Bangalore
Closest railway stations to Agumbe are in Udupi (55 Km) and Shimoga(90 Km).
Closest International Airports:
Bangalore (370 Km)
Mangalore (110 Km)
We can help arrange for taxis from Shivamogga, Udupi or Mangalore on request.
DRIVING DOWN ON ROAD FROM BENGALURU:
Option 1: Bangalore-Tumkur-Arsikere-Kadur-Shimoga-Thirthahalli- Galimara Bus stop on Agumbe road. Galimara Bus stop is 1km before Guddekeri
Option 2: Bangalore-Tumkur-Chitradurga-Channagiri–Shivamogga-Thirthahalli – Galimara Bus stop on Agumbe road. Galimara Bus stop is 1km before Guddekeri.
Option 4: Bangalore-Hassan-Chikamagalur- Galimara Bus stop on Agumbe road. Galimara Bus stop is 1km before Guddekeri
GETTING TO THE FIELD STATION FROM GUDDEKERI BUS STAND:
From bus stand: Get off at Guddekere. It’s 8km before Agumbe and 25km from Thirthahalli. The campsite is located further 5km from Guddekeri. Auto rickshaws or Maruti Omni vans have to be hired to reach the campsite.
Read on, if you are driving down:
From Thirthalhalli, use Google Map to reach Kalinga Mane. As per the map, you need to turn at Galimara Bus stop. There are no sign boards about the bus stop though. Follow google map only until Siddi Vinayaka temple / Hasiru Mane. From here, stop using google map and start following the Kalinga Mane signages.
Everything ahead from here gives the true feeling of a jungle…adventure begins. This car -Maruti Suzuki Ciaz (ground clearance -170mm) made it all the way to KCRE without a scratch, in case you are wondering! Brace yourselves for surprises. From here wildlife starts to peep and creep. Drive slowly and look out for gaurs, scorpions, snakes, sambar deer, leopards and more.
You are now officially in the heart of the forests and the whispering canopies converge high up wrapping you warm as you tread precariously on an escarpment for next couple of kilometres.
And then you stop! You’ve arrived at Kalinga Mane.
Park your vehicles here and walk down two flights of stairs to land at the core-KCRE, the field station.