Agumbe is tiny village near Tirthahalli in Karnataka’s Shimoga district. However, the little village shot into prominence many decades ago owing to its vantage point in the Western Ghats, at an estimated 826 metres, as well as for receiving the second highest rainfall in the country after Cherrapunjee. In fact, the village has earned the moniker as the second Cherrapunjee or Cherrapunjee of the South for this reason.
Agumbe has many other credits to its name. Primarily, it has a rich biodiversity because of its position in the Western Ghats in the Malnad area. It borders the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, considered to be among the last surviving lowland rainforests in the country, and the Kudremukh National Park. It is here that the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station is location, which is the country’s only such research station. It is here that famous herpetologist Romulus Whitaker has done a lot of research on King Cobras. There is also a protected area for medicinal plants.