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Narasimha Parvatha, is also called the Agumbe peak, is part of the famous “Agumbe - Sringeri” trekking trail. Situated at an altitude of 826 m in Shimoga, it’s the tallest peak (about 3780 feet) in Agumbe Ghats. The view from the peak is panoramic. The imposing Kudremukh ranges are visible from the hilltop. The paddy fields of the Mallandoor village, a tower of a relay station in Agumbe can also be seen from the summit. There is a big valley between Narasimha Parvata and Mallandoor. The Shola forests are found on mountain peaks. Grasslands cover the peaks while the slopes are covered with thick forests.

Route Map:

The Narasimha Parvatha trek that starts near his village (Malandur) and ends up at Kigga near Sringeri (a total trekking distance of about 27 kilometres). Local bus travel will take you to a place called Kigga. 

There are two ways. 1: towards Sirimane falls and 2: towards Narasimha Parvata.

Since this peak is inside the Kudremukh National Park you will be asked to pay some entry fee at the top. It is better you talk to a forest department official in kigga itself for any enquiry etc. .It is 4.5hrs (awt- average walking time) from here to the peak. After kigga the water point is just before the summit of the peak. Fill your water bottles here. You are not allowed to camp inside the national park, though you can go to the next water point after the peak and camp there. From the peak if you see in the north west direction you will find a tower of certain relay station of Aagumbe, your destination. On the way you have to take deviation to go to the Barkana View point and Jogigundi. 

The Barkana view point gives a splendid bird's-eye view of the Barkana falls and the great forest of the Western Ghats. The Barkana Falls (Kannadaಬರ್ಕಣ ಜಲಪಾತ) are among the ten highest waterfalls in India. They are located near Agumbe in Shimoga district of state of Karnataka. The Barkana falls are formed by the Sita river. Currently Barkana falls are the prime source of one of the hydro electric projects in Karnataka. It is a wonderful location for sightseeing and enjoying a picnic, but beware of the leeches during the rainy season.

Jogigundi is a place where a stream forms a waterfall. and good camping area. Now it s being littered allover. From Agumbe, you need to take a right in the Sringeri road and then walk for 2-3 kms to reach this place.

This trek passes through extremely dense forests and through the heart of naxalite area and hence requires expert guidance. Mr.Krishnappa generally guides tourists on the slightly confusing treks around Agumbe (read Barakona Falls, Vanakebe Falls and Koodlu Theertha).This trek can be completed either in a day if the group is quick on their feet or in two days if they prefer a relaxed trek. In case of a night halt, Mr. Krishnappa (Guide) knows forest watch tower areas where camps can be pitched. In terms of cost, Mr. Krishnappa’s charges are pretty nominal. He charges Rs 800 for a single day Narasimha Parvatha trek and Rs.1000 for a two day trek. His contact Number is 08181 – 292021.

Guest housecharge Rs 350+ for the room with two cots. Room is pretty big. It is located around 1-2 km before the Agumbe viewpoint, but right side of the road once you cross Agumbe.

Kundadri Betta: It comes before Agumbe-towards Sringeri which is around 10+ km from Agumbe. The view is really good. Road is too steep.Trek to this rocky hill is steep too as per the temple priest, who walks every day to this temple from nearby village

Important Phone Numbers:
Guides' (Thimmappa/Krishnappa) Phone No: 08181-233213(08181-292253)/233219
Timmappa :mobile : +91 9483496142

Jagganath (range officer): 9449632508

Puttappa (Govt guesthouse Manager):9449244049

Photo Gallery: 

Barkana Waterfalls

Jogigundi Waterfalls

 Photos: Shrinath Mangalore- Banavasi
 Information Courtesy: Wikipedia

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  1. Looks very good trek route. We are 5 of us planning for a trip this month end to agumbe - I would like to get some details - can you share you contact details.
    Thank you

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