After hours of exploration, we reached bidaragodu a beautiful village amidst of Agumbe rainforests. The village is sparsely populated, we were only outsiders currently staying at the place.Mr.Kesava, an ordinary villagemen who runs a grocery shop owns the Samrat lodge consists of only three or four rooms.
We reached there by evening, Kesava annas wife was at the grocery store. Both of us started our sign language to inform that we are the individuals who got stuck at Thirthahalli yesterday.The climate was cold, falling upto 17 to 19 degrees with rain.The breath vapour started to appear when we spoke to someone.Bidaragodu is more colder than shimoga ,it's surrounded by Evergreen rainforests and the altitude is much higher.Due to the intense travel we were so tired,We ate delicious rice and chicken curry from their hotel, which is less spicy compared to Kerala cuisine. The tiredness started to simulate us to doze, we slept like babies, and woke up around 8:30 pm.we forgot that bidaragodu is a small village consist of not more than five shops.We jumped up and hurried to Kammath cafe and had poori masala, which was too expensive for a village and not good enough.We resumed our sleep, the climate was so supportive though.The rain was nonstop, whether its night or day.The cold mornings at this village will make you lazy as hell.One can sleep like a log in this climate, it was too exotic to handle.The language obstacle continued, we felt very difficult to communicate with Kesav anna and his wife.Kesav is a not common name in Karnataka though, Tulunad shares some cultural similarities with Kerala.Apart from the language clash he was so helpful and kind to help us with places we wanted to visit.He called his son,who's studying in Mangalore to speak us to in English,Akshay acted as a translator for us.Finally,we decided to visit Abbi falls which deep inside Agumbe rainforests. After some time, the auto arrived and admitted that he will take us to the forest falls. The driver and his friend accompanied us and started our journey to the forests. The road was not great though, after some distance, the road started to fade away, the vegetation was so green and everywhere there were small streams and rare birds.The sound they produced was so pleasant and actually rejuvenated our souls.The vehicle stopped, he told us "From here we need to trek".
The unique and abundant natural beauty of this place has made it a paradise for nature lovers and even adventure seekers. The love to get lost in the scenic paradise of these Rain kingdoms,more than 7,000 mm of rainfall throughout the year, and this is the reason that this place has gotten the tag of being the Cherrapunji of South India. The place holds a permanent place in every Karnataka itinerary .worth its salt. In fact, there is so much to see and experience here that it is difficult to explore the entire region.We started out trek towards the falls, the ground of the forests was sodden.Almost half of my pants got drenched in mud and water,we were walking through all the rainforest slumps reminded me about anaconda movies.The rainforests has a healthy population of Kingcobras, popularly referred to as capital of these elegant snake species.The high density of king cobras that can be found in the region. It is important to note that although there are a large number of snakes that can be found in this region however very few cases of human-snake conflict. The world’s first radio-telemetry project for King Cobra was undertaken in the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station,probably one of largest in the world.The poison of these creatures is lethal enough to kill 20 elephants.They are peaceful reptiles who like to live away from human contact.The rain was nonstop, there is always a slight drizzle in these lush green atmosphere.The sound of forest was another peculiar feature,it can easily beat a dolby atmos system or a JBL with its real sound effects. The sound, climate and the mud everything was special, The trudge continued, there were slopes which are enough to slip into nearby sharp rocks and branches which can create an injury.We were so vigilant when taking each step inside this spectacular foliage.The abbi falls was under rage, it was not possible even set foot on it's shores.The tunga is frantic, we must respect her ,It's utter foolishness to jump into these waters and have bath.We spended sometime inside the forests.It was normal to get leech bites inside the forests.Mr Athul had a leech in his left ankle which has reached it's maximum size,we removed it with the help of Kesav anna after getting back to Samrat.He gave me his village remedy Nasya powder, which he mentioned it was ayurvedic.He was right,I don't even have to touch the leech with it.I just opened the packet,took a pinch of it and just carried it near to the leech.It was so powerful and removed the leech within seconds.The experience really touched our souls, the forest atmosphere was different,compared to that in Kerala .Even though both are Western Ghat ranges,this was entirely different with small shrubs to absence of huge trees. The spectacular beauty of the Western Ghats is not limited to mountains and rivers. It is also known for its unique biodiversity, thick foliage, and quaint settlements.
It is owing to these rainforests that this place is known as Hasiru Honnu by the locals, which means green gold. As they are home to a variety of very rare medicinal plants such as Myristica, Ficus, Diospyros, Listsaea, and Garcinia that can be found in this village.The misty waterfalls, the lush green mountains, the abyss of the valleys, the thick foliage, the abundant wilderness, the charming rivers, and the mellow weather all beckon travellers to this pristine beauty in the Western Ghats. Make sure to add Agumbe to your Karnataka itinerary to experience one of the most refreshing refreshing forests and hill stations.This hill station boasts of thick tropical Agumbe rainforest, magnificent mountain ranges, several waterfalls, charming rivers, and weather that is pleasant throughout the year.
We had already crossed our checkout time,He excused us for one hour understanding our situation.Our next destination was Sri kshetra at Sringeri.By 3 pm we left bidaragodu, the village made us obsessed with her climate and people's warmth.