Welcome to the rainforest

The Food
Experience Malenadu

Malenaadu-the land of rains, where rains have played a big role in the way malnad cuisine has evolved. Vegetarian and local meat cooked over wood fire, with locally sourced ingredients. Spices from our organic farm. Vegetables make their way directly from our farm to kitchen. Share stories of your day with your family over a sumptuous dinner in the along with sounds of the night forest.

"Stay in KCRE and it will stay with you"


Camping in tents is a safe and most intimate way to experience nature’s truest essence. With no walls to obstruct, it allows engagement with the jungle’s sounds and smells.


Our recently upgraded woodhouse cottages are cozy rooms, posh bathrooms and a sit out facing the undisturbed forest. We’re we kinda overdid the cottages for a forest loghouse.


Comfortably spaced with 8 bunk beds with fans, air conditioned only by the Agumbe weather, our dorms are loved by groups, backpackers and photographers. 

in the Forest springs

To have a refreshing bath with water from wells fed by forest springs and heated on wood fire is something of an experience truly! An artistic malnad style complex houses clean hygienic Western and Indian toilets (with toilet papers). The same complex also has two baths with hot water facility. In order to ensure the toilets are kept dry and tidy, separate footwear is provided.


The best way to experience the rain forest is by foot!

Things to do in Agumbe rainforest.

Nature is best explored with patience. Every inch of the forest is bustling with life. Take time to stop and savor each experience


Hike up the Akki-batha raashi gudda. A twin-humped mountain offering a splendid view of the chain of  Western Ghats mountain ranges.

Swim in the pristine forest stream
Walk forest trails with our naturalist
Look for Western Ghats Flying Lizard (Draco dussumieri) in our beetle nut plantations
Explore the nocturnal world come alive during our night trails
Go herping, bird watching, butterfly watching, tree walks, amphibian walks and more
Get creative with wildlife photography

Relax quietly by the pond to observe a world of insects (dragon flies, damsel flies, butterflies,
bees, robber flies and more) and birds go about their life. An occasional snake or a mongoose or a family of langurs may give you company.
Relax in the quietness of the aesthetic dining hall with books from our library. Or give flight to
your interest in wildlife through interaction with our team of researchers and volunteers.

Places to Visit

We can help in planning your visits to the below places.

Kundadri mountain: (15km from KCRE)

The kundadri mountain is the highest point in Agumbe and enshrines a 17th century Jain temple. The sunset viewed from here is breathtaking and is far less crowded as compared to the famous sunset point of Agumbe.

Doddamane: (13km from KCRE)

This home and family is part of the fabric of Agumbe’s history. Famed for being the location where the tele-series ‘Malgudi Days’ was filmed, it transports one to the fictional backdrop described by R K Narayan in his book. The family continues to welcome people from all walks of life and is among the oldest home stays probably much before the concept of home stay even took shape. Spending time with Kasthuriakka and relishing her hand cooked food is an experience not to be missed.

Onakeabbi waterfalls: (15km from KCRE)

The long flight of stairs leading higher and higher takes one to the point where the waterfall drops m down through the Someshwara forests. An arduous climb for novices but worth the effort when one reaches the ultimate point.

Barkhana Trek: ( km from KCRE):

This trek is the actual deal. Hours of climbing through the rainforests and under think dark canopies makes for quite a challenge. Every drop of sweat is accounted for by the splendorous view once gets at the summit.

Jogi Gundi waterfalls: ( km from KCRE)

It is a great place to visit soon after monsoon. Broad steps lead to the spot where water drops from an escarpment into a wide pool. While it is a great place to herp sadly it is also a popular tourist spot. Hence suffers from inconsiderate actions by people and one can find garbage and filth strewn about.

Sunset point of Agumbe: ( km from KCRE)

A famous tourist spot and indeed a wonderful place to
watch the sun set. On lucky days one can even view the Arabian Sea from here. It is for people who
don’t mind the crowd and the remnants of garbage strewn about. Slices of fresh pineapples sold here is quite refreshing after all the anticipation and experience of the sun set!

Forest park: ( km from KCRE):

Just ahead of the sunset point and opposite to the Agumbe check post is a very picturesque pond maintained by the Forest Department. Boat riding is an option and is a calm place to relax under tall trees.

The Ghats: ( km from KCRE):

The ghat road connects Someshwara to Agumbe. These ghats are home to the endangered Lion Tailed Macaque. With patience and perseverance and sometimes by pure luck one can spot them on the trees along the winding ghat roads.

Sringeri: (25km from KCRE): Just 25 km from KCRE

The famous temple of Sringeri. This was the site of the first mutt established by Adi Shankara called the Sringeri Sharada Peeta. Located on the banks of river Tunga the temple is over 1200 years old and people from across the world visit this place. Apart from the beauty of these temples another sight to behold is the large mahaseer fishes that swim up- close to the river banks and are hand fed by temple visitors.

Thirthahalli:  (25km from KCRE)

This holy town with a history of thousands of years stands beside river Tunga. Thirthahalli is a mix of both the ancient and the modern. The Rameshwara temple and the view of the tunga river from the bridge transports one to the world then. Being the closest town to most villages it has many modern facilities in terms of well equipped hospitals, ATMs, banks, colleges, theaters and markets.

Kavimane and Kavishaila, Kuppali: (40km from KCRE)

The birth place of the renowned Kannada poet and playwright, Kuvempu, it is a must visit for all who would like get a glimpse of life in malnad. The Kavimane which is the home of the poet and now a museum showcases the house, utensils, equipment all a reflection of the lifestyle in malnad. The wooden stairs lead to big halls with a display of Kuvempu’s work, awards and honours. The Kavishaila is a rock monument very similar to Stonehenge in England. It is also the memorial of Kuvempu and offers splendid sights of the forests around.

Kavaledurga: (50km from KCRE)

A 9th century fort with great history transports one to a different world. Huge fort walls made of granite and stairways in ruins make it a hiker’s paradise. At different levels one gets to see beautiful views of the forests, the varahi backwaters and a mosaic of agricultural fields Unraveling the paths and the history as we go makes for engaging conversations with friends or with oneself as we proceed to the summit.

Enlightenment is not just one state

Package & Fee details


   ₹ 1600 /person/day


   ₹ 1800 /person/day


Includes:  All Meals ( Veg or Non Veg)
Evening Tea/Coffee/ Milk
and  Accomodation

Kids below 12 Yrs: Half charge
Kids below 5 Yrs:  No charge


Single Adult
 ₹2950 /day

Includes:  All Meals ( Veg or Non Veg)
Evening Tea/Coffee/ Milk
and  Accomodation for 1 person


Two Adults 
₹ 5300 /day
All Meals ( Veg or Non Veg)
Evening Tea/Coffee/ Milk 
and  Accomodation for 2 people


Three Adults
₹ 7150 /day

Includes:  All Meals ( Veg or Non Veg)
Evening Tea/Coffee/ Milk & Snack
and  Accomodation for 3 people

Includes:  All Meals ( Veg or Non Veg)
Evening Tea/Coffee/ Milk
and  Accomodation

Kids below 12 Yrs: Half charge
Kids below 5 Yrs:  No charge


Surface transportation to visit places around, Naturalist charges, GST @ 18%

Naturalist charges:
Rs.1000 per day- For a group of upto 5 members.
After 5 members  Rs.350 for every person 

People who visit KCRE and find it comfortable, exciting and memorable

People looking for a real forest experience, who appreciate nature and wildlife as is in realtime, who understand the sensitivity of forest environment, not tourists, but eco tourists.

People from other countries, including United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Thailand, Australia and the United States have visited KCRE and experienced the rainforests.


Monsoons are undoubtedly the cynosure of Agumbe. We have hence categorized experiences based on monsoon.

January to May.
This marks the breeding season for king cobras with good opportunities to sight them. Being spring it is
also the best time to watch butterflies, birds and myriads of other insects. Many animals are active as the race to produce offspring well before monsoon is in full swing. Many festivities, weddings, ceremonies and folk events take place and the cultural fervor is vibrant in villages.

June to September makes up the monsoon season. Green is the ruling color smudged only by
mist and downpours. Monsoon rains are relentless but life in the forests are resplendent with life. From
reptiles, amphibians, fungi, and hosts of lesser-known fauna appear during this time. It is a great time to
capture macro life as well as the scenic beauty of Agumbe (misty mountains, to heavy downpour,
glistening canopies and overflowing streams and rivers).

Post-Monsoon: October to December.
The monsoon clouds recede leaving the forests fresh and lush.
Most animals slowly recuperate while new offsprings take baby steps into the big world. Amphibian
calls slowly make way for bird calls once again, the butterflies flutter by and the leeches retire in search
of dampness that is soon drying up. The best time for school and college programs as well as for wildlife

Wildlife to look for:
Reptiles: The region is home to the world’s longest venomous snake the King Cobra and 41 different species of snakes. Various other reptiles like calotes, skinks, monitor lizards and the Western Ghats Flying Lizard (Draco) can be spotted.

Avifauna includes Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Malabar Pied hornbill, Fairy blue birdMalabar trogon and the Hill Myna, among 50 others!

 is the best time to see the Amphibian biodiversity which includes Malabar Gliding

Frog, Blue-Eyed Bush Frog, False Hour Glass Frog, dancing frogs and many more. As the forest cover is thick and
evergreen, visibility for long distances is very low.

 like Barking DeerIndian Gaur, Sambar

DeerBlack-naped Hare, Slender Lorris, Jungle cats, Civet cats, Leopard cats and Leopards can be seen on rare occasions.
Malabar giant squirrel, Flying squirrel, bonnet macaques and langurs are a fairly common sight.


How to get there ?

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.
SRS Sleeper bus to Agumbe at 10:50pm from Anand Rao circle, Bangalore

By Train:
Closest railway stations to Agumbe are in Udupi (55 Km) and Shimoga(90 Km).

By Air:
Closest International Airports:
Bangalore (370 Km)
Mangalore (110 Km)
KCRE can help arrange for taxis from Shivamogga, Udupi or Mangalore on request.

Driving down by Road from Bangalore:

Option 1: Bangalore-Tumkur-Arsikere-Kadur-Shimoga-thirthahalli-Agumbe road.
Option 2: Bangalore-Tumkur-Chitradurga-Bhadravathy-Shivamogga-Thirthahalli-Agumbe road
Once on the Thirthahalli-Agumbe road travel for around 25km from Thirthahalli to reach Guddekere.
Option 3: Bangalore-Hassan-Chikamagalur-Agumbe-Guddekere

Getting to the Campsite:
KCRE is located at Guddekere (8km from Agumbe and 25km from Thirthahalli).
Alight at Guddekere bus stand (which is 8km after Agumbe) while travelling towards Thirthahalli on the
Agumbe-Thirthahalli Road. The Campsite is located 5km from Guddekere. Auto rickshaws or Maruti
Omni vans have to be hired to reach the camp site.

Read on, if driving down:
Keep your eyes perked up as you travel 1km from Guddekere bus stop towards Thirthahalli. On your left
is a path lined by tall casuarinas trees (that appear like pine trees) next to a sleepy bus stand. Take this
left and proceed till the end where the road diverges. You must now take the road most taken! i.e.
towards the right.
The reddish mud path almost glows and leads you deeper welcomed by chirping birds
and sudden flights of green bee eaters. Continue until you reach a T-end and this is called Hasirumane,
which is also the last sight of human habitation. Take a right and as you pass, a rustic old temple with
brass bells stares at you. Continue straight till you spot an unwelcoming sight of a cement water tank on
your right and here is the next right turn.

Everything ahead from here gives the true feeling of a jungle…adventure begins. Brace yourselves for surprises as from here wildlife starts to peep and creep. Drive slowly and look out for Gaurs, scorpions, snakes, sambar deer, leopards and more. Keep driving on the path till a fence appears holding back acacia plantation on the right and a huge man made water
hole on the left. At the end of this path the road diverges again, and this time you must take the road less taken! i.e towards right. 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 the next half kilometer. And then you stop! You’ve arrived at Kalinga Mane.
Park your vehicles here and walk down a flight of stairs to land at the core-KCRE, the campsite.

Here is the map for those who’d like to read less and see more.


There is a promise we made to these forests. The promise that we shall not pollute or corrupt or tamper whilst we make this our abode. We have kept it and we earnestly request all our guests to uphold it.

These guidelines will help in being considerate and respectful towards nature.

• Bonfire and loud music is prohibited in view of avoiding any disturbance to animals.

• Handling, agitating, or disturbing any wildlife is forbidden and shall warrant strict action.
• Collection of any kind of flora, fauna, stones, pebbles, or fungi is not permitted.
• Exercise caution, control and care during observation and photography in the forest to
avoid stressing species or exposing them to danger.
• Respect the culture and sentiments of locals.
• Kindly avoid carrying plastics and in case it is unavoidable we request that you carry
back plastic waste with you. E.g. Pet bottles, plastic bags etc.

Please understand that this camp site is an environmental education centre and not a resort.
• Our camp site is equipped with Solar Power.
• Telephone and internet are strictly meant for office use.
• The closest ATM and Pharmacy are 24km away.
• Hospitals: Melige hospital at Thirthahalli (24km) and Manipal hospital at Manipal (50km)
• Please carry fully charged batteries for your cameras, torches, laptops and other
equipments. Having spare ones will help.
• Room service is not available at the camp site.
• Everyone is expected to wash their own plates, glasses and tea-cups after every meal.
• To help us manage waste we encourage you to separate organic and inorganic wastes and
use the respective dustbins. Please try to carry all inorganic waste back with you.
• Please take care of your belongings and ensure to keep your cameras and other electronic
equipment dry.

Here is a list of things to help plan your trip.
• A good torch(Flash light)- (If you have a head torch it would be useful but not necessary)
• Personal medical kit
• Batteries (For your torch and other equipment)
• Good pair of shoes
• Slippers (flip flops)
• Toiletries
• Dull coloured clothes (No camouflaged, olive or khaki coloured clothes or bags; colours like
black, grey, and brown, blue)
• Rain-coat and Umbrella (Best to be prepared)
• Gum boots
• Sleeping bag
• Leech socks
• Big plastic bags to keep your clothes as they may become damp due to mist.
• Rain gears for your cameras