The next morning I planned to go to the Rainforest Research Station, which is India's only permanent rainforest research station. The station usually has King Cobras in captivity, which got me even more exciting to go to the place. It took me a little while to get to the station, since my phone didn't catch network, so Google Maps was unreachable and the locals didn't understand english or hindi. Okay, to be honest, I couldn't reach the destination.
As it turns out, venturing out alone into a rainforest in heavy rainfall, with no human in sight, and misty scenes straight out of a horror movie, in a region known for its abundance of King Cobras is scary as hell for me. Especially since I did not know how to treat a snakebite.
Later I met some people coming back from the station who said that the cobras were not there and the station only had a few staff members. Phew! Did not miss much. But the scenery to the place was definitely worth it. And the roads in the morning felt looked so much like the ones in Hollywood movies and shows like Stranger Things, with tall pine trees on either sides of the road, slight mist hanging over the plain concrete, with a solitary vehicle far away in the distance. This lent a whole new level of eeriness to the place.
Since most other waterfalls were closed, I headed towards Sithanadi for river rafting. For river rafting, you'll just have to ask the locals for directions, since there is no proper hoardings depicting the place. The rafting place is right on the main road itself. I took a bus from the Agumbe bus stand to Sithanadi and from there, I took a lift to the river rafting place.
The river looked very beautiful, with trees lined up on both sides, and branches touching the water. However, the river was quiet, and the rates too high for a budget traveler like me ( Rs 2000 for 7 km ). So I skipped that and went back to Agumbe. You may consider river rafting if you want a peaceful, quiet, almost-like-boating kind of experience. If you've loved rafting in Rishikesh or Manali, you might be disappointed.
I reached my homestay in the afternoon, and after learning that Jog falls was only 3 hours away, decided, at the last minute, to hop on a bus to Jog falls to complete my trip!
1. Until recently, you could go to a lot of waterfalls in the rainforest area. But now, the area has been sealed off permanently and only one waterfall, Kodlu Teertha waterfall is accessible, and that too, only in winter.
2. Prepare to be bitten by leeches if you go into the rainforest. Carry ample amount of salt to fend them off.
3. This might be a no-brainer but I'll still mention it. Being the second wettest place in India, Agumbe gets rainfall almost everyday. Have proper raincoats/windcheaters/dry clothes etc.
4. Apart from Kundadri sunrise point, there's also a sunset point a few kilometers from Dodda Mane but both these points will offer a good view only in winters, when there's no mist.
1. Transportation: 1800
2. Food & Accommodation: Depends on how much you want to pay at Dodda Mane.