'Umbalagundi Falls' is located just off the Madkeri-Mangalore State Highway. There is a high chance of missing a view of this falls as it is not visible from the highway, though the noise made by the gushing waters cannot be ignored if one has sharp ears. A small trek downward takes us to the base of the waterfall. As soon as we reached the base, we were greeted by a seven feet long snake and within the blink of eye, it disappeared underneath the rocks. We were not lucky enough to get a good shot of it. Not disturbing the snake, we moved on. towards the falls. The water here falls from a height of about 25 feet, and is truly mesmerizing. A passer by local told us that even during peak summer period, the volume of water remains more or less, the same.
|Snake in its hide out|
|A Complete View of the Waterfall|
After having a wonderful time at the falls, we moved on and just after a little while, we were in for another surprise. We spotted another snake, this time comparatively smaller in length, about three feet, which was on its way to the other side of the road. We had to be a little quicker than the snake to catch him for a photograph.
|The Banded Racer Snake|