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 Kālinga!
Located at Guddekere (8km from Agumbe and 24km from Thirthahalli), the five acre field site is nestled at the heart of the rainforests of Agumbe. Part of the biodiversity ‘hottest’ 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.
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. The aim is to do as much as possible in all ways possible to conserve what we have of these pristine forests of India.
Itinerary (4 days)
Arrive for lunch
Presentation: Introduction to Rainforest Ecology
Night walk to spot nocturnal animals
Day 2 Early riser Trek
Introduction to snakes of Agumbe
Stream walk to find life near water, from Skittering frogs to
Malabar Pit Vipers
Visit to Doddamane(the century old house where ‘Malgudi
days’ was filmed), Jogi gundi water falls, and view the sunset
atop the highest peak in Agumbe-Kundadri(which is also a Jain
Day 3 Birding
Life of Reptiles
Activity :Snake Taxonomy: using shed skin
First aid for snake bites
Visit to Sringeri Temple , feed Mahaseer fish
Night Activity: Visual encounter survey of reptiles
Day 4 Breakfast
Drive down the Agumbe Ghats to spot Lion tailed Macaques
Visit Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary: Nature trail
Trek to Kudloo Teertha water fall to explore lesser fauna
Night cruising :return to camp site, witnessing wildlife on road
and the plight of road kills
Day 5 Birding
Reflection and photo sessions
* There are ample opportunities for photography
Note: If you are lucky, you may accompany us on a King Cobra rescue call
Cost: Rs.11,500/- per person.
Includes: Food, accommodation, program cost, surface transportation to all places in the itinerary, entry fee to wildlife sanctuary, and service tax.
Excludes: Surface transportation for rescue calls, 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 OR 11:00am on Day 1 to 11:00am on Day 2
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.
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 Solar power. Mini-UPS systems are used as backup.
Please carry fully charged batteries for your cameras, torches, laptops and other
equipments. Having spare ones will help.
Telephone and broadband connections are meant for office use only.
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.
*Please note the itinerary may be subject to change in schedule in case of in conducible
weather conditions, where other activities will be substituted.