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
Tiger is for mainland the flagship of the reptilian world in these forests is undoubtedly the
King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah
Centre for Rainforest Ecology is to open doors of
backgrounds to learn scientific tools of conservation through workshops and camps.
The place:
Located at Guddekere (8km from Agumbe and 24km from Thirthahalli), the five acre field
site is nestled at the heart of the rain
hotspot, the Western Ghats (World Heritage site, UNESCO) these forests host a wide variety
of fauna and flora. With converging canopies, meandering streams and myriads of life forms
the place is an explorer’s paradise.
Social responsibility:
These forests are under various kinds of threats. Lack of knowledge and support for causes to
protect and conserve them is a hindrance for effective conservation. Major portion of funds
generated by KCRE goes towards conserving the Western Ghats. The aim is to do as much as
possible in all ways possible to conserve what we have of these pristine forests of India.
Rainforest Ecology
yet to be explored. As
hannah), colloquially known as Kālinga! Our focus at the K
opportunity to people from varied
rainforests of Agumbe. Part of the biodiversity ‘hottest’
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forests
Itinerary (3 days)
Day 1 ¨ Arrival, Introduction & Ice-breaking
¨ Walk around the camp site in search of Draco (Western Ghats
flying lizard)
¨ Stream walk, swimming is an option!
¨ Trek to explore the rainforest
¨ Night walk to find Amphibians and nocturnal mammals (flying
squirrel, slender loris and more)
Day 2 ¨ Trek under thick canopy, exploring forest for insects, reptiles,
amphibians and birds
¨ Authentic malnad cuisine and rest
¨ First Aid for snake bites, an essential for trekkers
¨ Stream walk to find amphibians and snakes
¨ Night walk to find nocturnal reptiles
Day 3 ¨ Introduction to Snakes of Agumbe and Ecology of King Cobras
¨ Nature trail
¨ Discussion on the habitat type of Agumbe and other wildlife it
houses
¨ Reflection and Departure
* There are ample opportunities for photography
Note: If you are lucky, you may accompany us on a King Cobra rescue call
Cost: Rs. 2,565/- per day, per person. (inclusive of taxes).
Transport (1 Maruti Omini van):
Pick and drop to guddekere = Rs.400
Visit to Jogi gundi, Doddamane, Sunset point = Rs. 900
Includes: Food, Accommodation, Program cost
Excludes: Transportation to and from Guddekeri (Agumbe), Surface transportation for
rescue calls, visits and personal expenses.
Food: Malnad south-Indian vegetarian / non-vegetarian food . Coffee and Tea (morning and
evening)
Accommodation: Tented accommodation on sharing basis, mats and blankets, dining cum
discussion hall, clean common bathrooms and toilets (Indian and Western) and hot water
facility.
Check-in & Check-out times: 7:00am on Day 1 to 7:00am on Day 2
Note:
A major portion of funds from this camp goes towards conservation efforts in and around
Agumbe. Your participation goes a long way in conserving one of the last remaining biodiversity
hot spots of the world, the Western Ghats.
Guidelines:
• 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.
Expectations:
Please understand that this camp site is an environmental education centre and not a resort.
• Our camp site is equipped with solar power. Mini-UPS systems are used as backup.
• 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. Please carry all inorganic waste back with you.
• Please take care of your belongings and ensure to keep your cameras and other
electronic equipments dry.