Agumbe Rainforest Expedition

Location
:Agumbe Rainforest
Season
:Aug
Duration
:4 Days3 Nights
Event Type
:Adventure, Experience, Tour
Level
:Moderate
Start From
:Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai
Ends
:Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai

Agumbe Rainforest Expedition

Agumbe Rainforest
4 Days3 Nights

Event Overview

About the 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

Herpatology Expert:
Gowri Shankar, who started handling reptiles at the age of thirteen and never looked back since. Apart from studying and conserving King Cobras at Agumbe, he has also worked for several wildlife documentaries behind screen, and featured along side Rom in two wildlife documentaries, ‘The King and I’, ‘Secrets of the King Cobra’, ‘Asia’s Deadliest Snake’, ‘One Million Snake Bites’ and ‘Wildest India’ by BBC, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Discovery channel respectively. Gowri, along with his wife Sharmila have started an environmental education camp site, Kālinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology at Agumbe, where their focus is to open doors of opportunity to people from varied backgrounds to learn scientific tools of conservation through workshops and camps.
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Event Details

Schedule

Day 1 - Depart From Mumbai
  • Depart From Mumbai to Udupi by Matsyagandha Express 12619 at 3:20 pm from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus.
Day 2 - Orientation Session
  • 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.
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Meal

Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Adventure Activities

Photography
Trekking
Wildlife

Amenities

Dormitary
Firstaid
Washrooms
Accommodation
Guide
Transport

Transportation

Train, Private Vehicle

Pickup Details

Pickup Time: 03.00 PM Drop Time: 11.00 AM

Things To Carry

  • Will be informed later

Policy

Included

  • Veg/ Non-veg South Indian food during stay at ARRS.
  • Accommodation in an dormitory on sharing basis, blankets and mats will be provided.
  • Clean common bathrooms and toilets.
  • Transportation from Udupi to Udupi
  • Expertise and Guide charges

Excluded

  • Train tickets from Mumbai to Udupi and return
  • Meals during train journey
  • Surface transfers during King cobra rescue calls.
  • Tax as applicable
  • Anything other than mentioned above.

Terms & Conditions

Bonfire and loud music is prohibited in view of avoiding any disturbance to animals.
Handling, agitating, or disturbing any wildlife will warrant strict action
Collection of any kind of flora or fauna is not permitted
Exercise caution, control and care during observation and photography in the forest to avoid stressing species or exposing them to danger.
Respect the culture and sentiments of locals.
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.
Room service is not available at the camp site.
Please understand that this camp site is an environmental education centre and not a resort.
Our camp site is equipped with basic electricity. But ample arrangements for charging your equipments will be made available.
There is no telephone and mobile connectivity at the camp site.
Please carry fully charged batteries for your cameras, torches, laptops and other equipments. Having spare ones will help.
Everyone is expected to wash their own plates, glasses and tea-cups after every meal.
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.
Please take care of your belongings and ensure to keep your cameras and other electronic equipment dry.

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