The house in Agumbe, Karnataka where the televised version of R.K. Narayan’s ‘Malgudi Days’ was shot

The house in Agumbe, Karnataka where the televised version of R.K. Narayan’s ‘Malgudi Days’ was shot

If you have not read R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi Days, or seen its brilliantly televised version by Shankar Nag, there is something missing in your life.

It is the story of 10 year old Swami, his family and neighbours who can be found anywhere in the world. Including in the make-believe town of Malgudi or Agumbe where the series was shot.

When in Agumbe, feel free to knock on the doors of Kasturi Akka; this was the home to Swami and his family in the series. You will be greeted warmly, and be offered a meal, buttermilk and snacks immediately. I settled for bananas having had my fill with an oversized coconut from a vendor next door.

Kasturi Akka. The televised version of R.K. Narayan’s ‘Malgudi Days’ was shot in her house in Agumbe, Karnataka

Kasturi Akka. The televised version of R.K. Narayan’s ‘Malgudi Days’ was shot in her house in Agumbe, Karnataka

Kasturi Akka (L) and her mother-in-law. The televised version of R.K. Narayan’s ‘Malgudi Days’ was shot in their house in Agumbe, Karnataka

Kasturi Akka (L) and her mother-in-law. The televised version of R.K. Narayan’s ‘Malgudi Days’ was shot in their house in Agumbe, Karnataka

The family did not even charge the producers for use of their house, extending all possible hospitality to top that.

The 120 year old house has seen many generations come and go; Kasturi Akka’s family tribe is over 100 strong. At one time they all lived together, but most have now ventured out for personal and professional reasons. They come back for special occasions though, and all manage under one loving roof.

You will allowed to freely look around the house, taking any pictures you like. But requested to close the doors of the rooms upstairs lest monkeys have a free run in there.

The house is a typical Karnataka one with three kitchens (for lunch, tiffin and functions), three wells, two underground tanks and stores for vessels and grain.

A well in Kasturi Akka’s house where Malgudi Days was shot

A well in Kasturi Akka’s house where Malgudi Days was shot

A bedroom in the house where Malgudi Days was shot

A bedroom in the house where Malgudi Days was shot

A view of the central courtyard from the first floor in the house where Malgudi Days was shot

A view of the central courtyard from the first floor in the house where Malgudi Days was shot

A bedroom in the house where Malgudi Days was shot

A bedroom in the house where Malgudi Days was shot

A view of the central courtyard in the house where Malgudi Days was shot

A view of the central courtyard in the house where Malgudi Days was shot

Kasturi Akka loves her quiet crime free town, but is concerned that proposed factories in the area will ruin the tranquillity and beauty of the surroundings. We fully share the concerns.

If you know the story of Swami, you can feel he will suddenly emerge from behind a pillar, and be seen running down the streets with his friends. And his father lounging over a newspaper with a perpetual frown in the verandah.

And even if you don’t know Malgudi, you will know Agumbe is the utopia you always want to live in. If only you can let go of the material world. This is the town where Swami and his friends laugh without a care in the world.

Town square of Agumbe, Karnataka

Town square of Agumbe, Karnataka

A shrine to the King Cobra in Agumbe, Karnataka

A shrine to the King Cobra in Agumbe, Karnataka

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15 Comments

  1. Kommall Kummarr says:

    Grew up watching sm episodes of malgudi days on sunday mornings!! Wt memories..

  2. B P Bhat says:

    Yes, Kasturi Akka is like Mother to every one who visits her house.

  3. sukumar pai says:

    hello ajay jain sir..

    wonderful pictures ajay sir …These photos remember me few moments of past..our family waiting for malgudi day serial in tv night @ 10pm..really good collection..keep it sir..

  4. Long live Kasturi Akka!

  5. Anju Dhijesh says:

    Agumbe is my favourite place…

  6. Malgudi days is my fav. serial. The best part is location. I m pleased to know about the village & Kasturi Akka . gR8. Thnx for the details…

  7. Memories are back, Malgudi days has always been one of my favs, I always had a curiosity as to where it was shot. Wow and here I come across this magnificient house a small village, which i saw only in television when i was a kid, I would like to surely visit this town.

  8. Great Memories of Famous TV serial Malgudi Days. Good Collection,I also would like to take my family to that place…

  9. Felt teary when i saw this house. How beautiful it is! Every person wants to live in a place like this.
    Recollecting each and every moment Swamy spent in this house and village..

  10. Swami , actually depict, each persons childhood. When we want to look back to our childhood we can see it in Swami and friends. Please share the route to reach Kasthuri akkas house.

  11. Hey great photos :) for a moment felt i was in my childhood , living in those lovely moments watching malgudi days n growing up thinking one day i would live there. really heartfelt !! BTW i am soon going to Agumbe can u please share where exactly is the kasturi akka’s house??

  12. Guruprasad says:

    Can someone give me the number of Malgudi Days House ?

    Please contact me @ 9663983318

  13. Milind M. Bongale says:

    Last year I been to the place. Awesome experience. One should visit Agumbe and Dodda Mane House at least Once in lifetime. Ajji cooks really Tasty and Healthy Food.

  14. Captain Kumar says:

    Visited Agumbe by car, from all the way from Gujarat. It was a memorable experience, staying with Kasturi Akka & having her home cooked food. You need a good 4Wd to roam the jugnles, mountains & ghats around. Avoid rainy season, winters are best. Watch out for cobra snakes, as Agumbe is the capital of King cobra. Rain forests have many deadly insects. Worth visiting once in a life time. Thanks

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