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Welcome to the The Land of Herpetofauna !

About Agumbe Wildlife Tour: 

The Agumbe rainforests of the Western Ghats is a precious gift of life to South India. A biodiversity hot spot, it holds within its folds a world of new science yet to be explored. As Tiger is for mainland the flagship of the reptilian world in these forests is undoubtedly the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), colloquially known as Kalinga. Agumbe lies in the West coastal region of South India, approximately 300 km west-northwest of Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka in South India. It is approximately 55 km from the Arabian Sea and the coast of India at Udupi which hosts the nearest railway station. The elevation of Agumbe is 643m. As part of the Western Ghats mountain range, Agumbe lies in an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agumbe rainforest gives you golden opportunity to click endemic species of western ghats.

 

Outing Dates : 12th-14th August 2017

 

SHORT INFORMATION

Category : Wildlife and Photography

Duration : 02 Nights / 03 Days

Train Suggestions :

LTT to Udupi : Matsyagandha Express – Train No. 12619

Udupi to LTT : Matsyagandha Express – Train No. 12620

 

ITINERARY

Depart From Mumbai to Udupi by Matsyagandha Express 12619 at 3:20 pm from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus.

Day 1 :

Stay : Our stay will be at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) which is established by leading Herpetologist Romulus Whitaker whose contribution to world herpetology is enormous. He has inspired many with his books and well acclaimed environmental documentaries of which ‘King and I’ and ‘The secret of snakes’ have been created with ARRS.

Please note, ARRS is a field-based conservation and research organization and our stay will be basic dormitory style.

Participants are to reach Agumbe at 11:00am. Upon reaching the base (ARRS) we will have an orientation session regarding the rich biodiversity of Western Ghats, the habitat and the different species we will come across during our trails.We will also share how our days during this tour would be like. Post Lunch we will head for our first herping session which will be more of a warm up to give participants an idea and understanding of how herping and macro photography here would be like.

Day 2 : We will explore different locations on our day & night trails to maximise our chances of sightings and photography. Post lunch, one can relax or join for a photo review session. ARRS is a great habitat in itself and a number of species of snakes and frogs can be spotted to photograph here anytime of the day. After an early dinner, we will head out for a night hike and conclude the day thereafter.

Day 3 : On the last day, we will go for stream walk and herping around the base. The tour will be concluded at 11:00 am and the participants can proceed for their departure.

Please Note : 

Our mornings will be relaxed and we will be heading out in the field mainly for two or three times during the day which will involve moderate level of walking. Since reptile and amphibian activity is at its peak in the night, we will be going for night hikes which are extremely rewarding in these forests. The length of the session i.e its number of hours depends completely to the location, the area we’re at and the sightings. In the noon time, we will have one photo-review session, where we will discuss outcomes, learning and challenges faced during the sessions. It’ll also give participants an opportunity to learn from one another’s views and experiences.

Stay: Our stay will be at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) which is established by leading Herpetologist Romulus Whitaker whose contribution to world herpetology is enormous. He has inspired many with his books and well acclaimed environmental documentaries of which ‘King and I’ and ‘The secret of snakes’ have been created with ARRS. 

Please note, ARRS is a field-based conservation and research organization and our stay will be basic dormitory style.

Disclaimer : This is not a leisure trip. It is purely a trip for gaining an experience in the field, especially for herping and macro photography.

 

PRICE

Tour Price : Rs.10,000/- per person+Tax as applicable

For Lifetime Members: Rs.9,700/- per member+Tax as applicable

For Lifetime Membership Details (Rs.1000/- only) , click here

Inclusions :

1. Veg/ Non-veg South Indian food during stay at ARRS.

2. Accommodation in an dormitory on sharing basis, blankets and mats will be provided.

3. Clean common bathrooms and toilets.

4. Transportation from Udupi to Udupi

5. Expertise and Guide charges

Exclusions :

1. Train tickets from Mumbai to Udupi and return

2. Meals during train journey

3. Surface transfers during King cobra rescue calls.

4. Tax as applicable

5. Anything other than mentioned above.

Guidelines :

1. Bonfire and loud music is prohibited in view of avoiding any disturbance to animals.

2. Handling, agitating, or disturbing any wildlife will warrant strict action

3. Collection of any kind of flora or fauna is not permitted

4. Exercise caution, control and care during observation and photography in the forest to avoid stressing species or exposing them to danger.

5. Respect the culture and sentiments of locals.

6. Kindly avoid carrying plastics and in case it is unavoidable we request that you carry back plastic waste with you. E.g. Pet bottles, plastic bags etc.

7. Room service is not available at the camp site.

Expectations :

1. Please understand that this camp site is an environmental education centre and not a resort.

2. Our camp site is equipped with basic electricity. But ample arrangements for charging your equipments will be made available.

3. There is no telephone and mobile connectivity at the camp site.

4. Please carry fully charged batteries for your cameras, torches, laptops and other equipments. Having spare ones will help.

5. Everyone is expected to wash their own plates, glasses and tea-cups after every meal.

6. To help us manage waste we encourage you to separate organic and inorganic wastes and use the respective dustbins. 7. Please carry all inorganic waste back with you.

8. Please take care of your belongings and ensure to keep your cameras and other electronic equipment dry.

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