Places To Visit
Kundadri mountain: (15km from KCRE)
The kundadri mountain is the highest point in Agumbe and enshrines a 17th-century Jain temple. The sunset view 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 televion-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 homestay even took shape.
Onakeabbi waterfalls: (15km from KCRE)
The long flight of stairs leading higher and higher takes one to the point where the waterfall drops down through the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary. An arduous climb for novices but worth the effort when one reaches the ultimate point.
Barkhana Trek: ( 14km from KCRE):
This trek is the actual deal. Hours of climbing through the rainforests and under thick dark canopies make for quite a challenge. Every drop of sweat is accounted for by the splendorous view one gets at the summit.
Jogi Gundi waterfalls: ( 16km from KCRE)
It is a great place to visit soon after monsoon. A stone stairway leads to the spot where water drops from an escarpment into a wide pool.
Sunset point of Agumbe: ( 15 km from KCRE)
A famous tourist spot and indeed a wonderful place to
watch the sunset. 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 are quite refreshing after all the anticipation and experience of the sunset!
Forest Park: ( 14 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: ( 15 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 mahseer 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, theatres and markets.
Kavimane and Kavishaila, Kuppali: (40km from KCRE)
The birthplace of the renowned Kannada poet and playwright, Kuvempu, it is a must-visit for all who would like to 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. Unravelling the paths and history as we go makes for engaging conversations with friends or with oneself as we proceed to the summit.