Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary:
Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary has been named after Lord Someshwara, the presiding deity of the famous Someshwara temple located within the limits of the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is spread over 86.99 sq. kms. The sanctuary is constituted by eight reserved forests, About 40 km from Udupi. It contains rare species of animals, birds and medicinal plants.
GANAPATHI TEMPLE, SOMESHWARA
SRINIVASA RAO ENJOYING NEER DOSE
Sitanadi Nature camp is a part of the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary along the banks of Seethanadi river and the place is just awe-inspiring. The nature camp is located on the banks of river Sita overlooking the Somewhwara Wildlife Sanctuary. Sita river flows through some of the densest evergreen forest in the Western Ghats with good rafting stretches and offers scope for rafting during monsoon season, especially from June to October. Accommodation facility is available at the nature camp in the form of farmhouse, home stay or heritage stay at reasonable rates and one can easily spend 3 to 4 days at the nature camp as base camp and enjoy nature’s resplendent splendor and richness and submerge in the cathartic benefits it offers. Trekking activity is available to nearby waterfalls like Kudlu Tirtha, Jogigundi, and Onke Abbi Falls, which are situated inside the forest.
SEETHANADI NATURE CAMP TENTS
SEETHANADI FOREST GUEST HOUSE
SEETHANADI NATURE CAMP DORMITORY
Kudlū Theerthā Falls: About 42 km from Udupi. A waterfall located deep in the jungles of Western Ghats, close to Hebri town. This is a beautiful water fall in any standards, and may become very weak during Feb-May. With a height of about 300 feet, it falls directly into a pond which is considered holy by local people, because, sages meditated here thousands of years ago. There is one more water fall above Kudlu theertha, called Manga theertha (monkey theertha) named so because, only monkey can reach it as the path is very steep inside the forest
How to go - 20 kms from Agumbe, take a left detour before 6 kms to Hebri, another left after another 3-4 kms. The road will end at the banks of river Sita. There is a Burma bridge on the right side to cross the river (dont try to swim across). After that one has to walk for 4 kms inside the jungle. There will be a small stream which has to be crossed to reach the foothills. Trek 3-4 kms and you will reach the most beautiful falls in the entire state.
You can even request your driver to drive you across the river, this way you save 3 kms of trek. I did the same.
Remember, always go to your left along the water and if takes more than a hour, you probably came the wrong way
Mode of transport – If one wants to go there by public transport, then he can either go to Shimoga and catch a mini bus(which piles at frequent intervals to Hebri) and get down at the Koodlu gate. From there catch another minibus which will go upto a place called Dargas. Dargas is around 6 kms from the banks of river Sita. So one need to walk that extra 6 kms also. The other option is to go to Hebri(the bus will go via Dharmastala, Karkala,etc) and there you can catch the mini-bus to Nellikatte and get down at Dargas.
Travel Essentials :
Note: This is from my personal experience
Loads and Loads of Water, atleast 3 litres per head
Wear Shoes and loose pants, preferably a lower.
Take a cap, comes very handy against the sun
Camera and some yummy food
Some band aids, would come in handy for bruises
Salt, if and only if its raining
Conservation status: Endangered
Species: M. silenus
The lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus), or the wanderoo, is an Old World monkey endemic to the Western Ghats of South India.
The hair of the lion-tailed macaque is black. Its outstanding characteristic is the silver-white mane which surrounds the head from the cheeks down to its chin, which gives this monkey its German name Bartaffe - "beard ape". The hairless face is black in colour. With a head-body length of 42 to 61 cm and a weight of 2 to 10 kg, it ranks among the smaller macaques. The tail is medium in length, about 25 cm, and has a black tuft at the end, similar to a lion's tail. The male's tail-tuft is more developed than that of the female.
Gestation is approximately six months. The young are nursed for one year. Sexual maturity is reached at four years for females, and six years for males. The life expectancy in the wild is approximately 20 years, while in captivity is up to 30 years.
SRI VENUGOPALA SWAMY TEMPLE, AGUMBE
ON THE WAY TO JOGI GUNDI FALLS
Jogigundi Falls like most of the falls in and around Agumbe is situated amidst the dense forests of the Western Ghats of Karnataka. But, this is your slightly different waterfall. Unlike your traditional waterfall that falls from a height or in multiple tiers, this one flows out of a cave that runs through the hill.
JOGI GUNDI FALLS
Jogigundi Falls is situated about four kilometres from Agumbe. About 3 out of these 4 kilometres can be covered by vehicles and the last one kilometre needs to be trekked via a narrow and steep trail.
A very pleasing and natural swimming pool greets you at the end of this trek. If you look to your left, you will find the Jogigundi Falls. One can bathe here, but please do avoid soaps or any chemical reagents as they can cause damage to the environment.
Kundadri [Kannada: ಕುಂದಾದ್ರಿ ] is a mountain peak with dense forests in the Western Ghats in South India (Karnataka State). This well-preserved land of Karnataka is home to 17th century Jain temple that is not much given to architecture. Two small silent ponds formed by the rock on one side of this temple leave you wondering at its presence on this height. Throughout the year you can find lotus flowers in the pool which is also a breeding ground for some fishes- both large and small
ON THE WAY TO KUNDADRI HILLS
Kundadri is at a distance of about 80 km. from the district headquarters, Shimoga and about 20 km from Thirthahalli town. From Shimoga, one has to take the National Highway NH-13 (Thirthahalli road) to reach Thirthahalli. Then take State Highway SH-1 (Agumbe Road) up to Guddekeri and then take left deviation. From Bangalore, one has to take the National Highway NH-206 to reach Shimoga and then take the above mentioned route. The total distance from Bangalore to Thirthahalli is 332 km. From Mangalore, one can take NH-13 to reach Thirthahalli. The distance from Mangalore to Thirthahalli is around 146 km. There are numerous mini-buses from Udupi to Thirthahalli. From Udupi Railway Station 86 km to Thirthahalli.
APART FROM ABOVE THE FOLLOWING ARE OTHER WATERFALLS IN AND AROUND AGUMBE
This is a beautiful place which you a 7 kilometers drive from Agumbe.It got its name from "Barka", the mouse deer and "kana", meaning home.Barkana has a spectacular waterfall which falls from a height of 850 feet. A V-shaped valley is visible from the viewing platform nearly 2000 ft high above sea level with river Sita at the center.
Kunchikal Falls is supposed to be the second highest in India formed by Varahi River and it falls from a height of 1493 Feet.
This is more than a century old place in Augumbe and is the famous eat out here. The person in charge and who runs this eat out is "Kasturiakka" who is the most popular person in and around Agumbe.Along with food Doddamane also helps the tourists by providing home stays. Though the place doesn’t have any menu card it guarantees you a very healthy food.
This is nothing but a bare mountain which is quite interesting for trekkers where the trekking trail run amidst dense forest. The trek is about 3.5 kilometers from Agumbe. There is also a 2 kilometer long trail from Jogi Gundi to Nishani Gudda.
Onke Abbi falls
Onake Abbi water fall comes from a height of about 500 feet and it takes a trekk of about 4 kms from Agumbe. You will have to trek through the Medicinal Plants Conservation Area and if lucky you get the sight of splendid rainbows. The hike of this fall is again filled with leeches.