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Map showing the annual rainfall in the Western Ghats.
The hills in the Western Ghats

Hulikal is a village located in the Hosanagara taluk of the Shimoga district in the Indian state of Karnataka and is known for its heavy rainfall.


It is situated in the dense forests of the Western Ghats. Over the past few years it has surpassed the rainfall record held by Agumbe in Tirthahalli taluk, also in Shimoga district to be arguably called the 'rain capital' of Karnataka.[1]

However, rainfall in Amagaon of the Khanapur taluk of Belgaum district has reached the figure of 10,000 mm annual rainfall twice from 2006 to 2011. Also, Amagaon has received more rain than Agumbe and Hulikal three times from 2006 to 2011.[2]


According to the Guinness Book of Records in 2012, Cherrapunji in north India was once the wettest place on earth. The table below is comparison of rainfalls for between Agumbe, Hulikal and Amagaon to show which one can be called the "Cherrapunji of South India".[3]

Year Hulikal Rainfall (mm) Agumbe Rainfall (mm) Amagaon Rainfall (mm)[4]
2013 9,383 8,770 8,440
2012 8,214 6,975 -
2011 8,571 7,841 9,105
2010 7,417 6,924 >7,500
2009 8,357 7,982 -
2008 7,115 7,199 -
2007 9,038 8,255 -
2006 8,656 8,457 -

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Hulikal is the new Agumbe from accessed 23 March 2013
  2. ^ Amagaon is now Cherrapunji of South from accessed 23 March 2013
  3. ^ Hulikal in Shimoga district is wettest in State from accessed 23 March 2013
  4. ^ Amagaon has got over 10,000 mm annual rainfall twice in the five years (2006-2010). The exact amount of rainfall is not available. See Amagaon is now Cherrapunji of South from accessed 23 March 2013