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.

Agumbe Wild Expedition

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  1. OUTING DATES

    Outing Dates : 12th-14th August 2017

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. FAQS

    FAQ’s For WILDLIFE SAFARI:

    1. How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour..?
    – All wildlife safaris will have 6 pax in one gypsy.

    2. Can I get a Safari on 4 sharing basis..?
    – Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.

    3. What is the Child policy for Wildlife Safaris?
    – A child above 05 years of age is considered as an adult for any safari permit all over India. Children below 05 years of age exempted from any safari costs and can travel free of charge.

    4. Are Wildlife Safaris safe?
    – Absolutely! Even if all the safaris are carried out in an open gypsy, there is hardly any danger from any wildlife. Plus on every safari we would have a Forest guide with us along with the gypsy driver and our expert who will help out if any unwanted situation arises.

    5. What are the safari timings?
    – Safari timings change from season to season in different National Parks depending on the Sunrise and Sunset. Usually a safari lasts for 3-4 hours morning and evening.
    Approximately the timings are:
    Morning: 6.00 am – 10 am
    Afternoon : 3.00 pm – 6 pm

    6. What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
    – A tourism zone in any National Park is divided into two zones: Core Zone and Buffer Zone. Buffer zone lies around the periphery of core forest area. Most of the tourism/safaris takes place in core zone.

    7. What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
    – The wildlife safari season starts from October-June. In Winter, from October to March one can have amazing birding opportunities with some migratory birds along with decent Tiger sightings and other mammals. March to May as the summer approaches one can have good tiger sightings along with other mammalian sightings and birding. So if you are a tiger centric wildlifer, we suggest you do a safari from March-May.

    8. What are chances of Tiger Sightings during the safaris?
    – Tiger sightings are dependent on pure luck and chance.Weather conditions also affect tiger sightings.But all our safari tours are well guided with experts and local guides who help track tigers along with other mammals and birds! So we ensure that you take back some unique experiences with you if not tiger sightings!

    9. Why does one has to book Wildlife Tours in advance?
    – The safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual travel date. Plus there are limited number of gypsies that can enter each gate every safari.Hence safari booking is very crucial and needs to be done at earliest.

    10. What kind of facilities will be available at the destionation we are travelling to?
    – Our resorts in all the wildlife safaris tours are Deluxe Category; comfortable and homely All resorts are equipped with all amenities like hot/cold water, toiletries, A/C facilitates, Laundry on call etc. Along with this, Veg-Non veg meals will be available in buffet style.

    11. What are the camera charges for safaris?
    – Some National parks forest permit charge extra camnera fees to the travellers which carry a high-end cameras with telelenses or video cameras for photography and shooting. For eg: In tadoba : A camera with lens of 200mm and above is charged Rs.200 per safari.

    12. I am not a professional photographer or wildlifer…can i still enroll for safari tour?
    – Yes,why not?? Every nature lover is welcomed on a safari tour! We feel every traveller must do a wildlife safari atleast once in his lifetime! Its an experience that every individual must take in

    13. What are photography opportunities for someone who is keen on wildlife photography and will he/she get guidance for the same?
    – All our safari tours are balanced providing ample opportunities for wildlife photography. It not only focuses on tigers but also on other mammalian species, birds, reptiles along with capturing beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty.

    14. What will the climate/weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
    – The weather differs from regoin to region. Winters are usually cool with temperature ranging from 8-20 degrees while Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-45 degrees.

    Some Do’s :

    * Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
    * Always carry Original Identity Proof.
    * Carry a frangrance-free Sunscreen.
    * Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
    * Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
    * Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for cameras and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
    * Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place.
    * Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do cooperate with them.
    * Do follow strict timing as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
    * Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during an safari.
    * For herping/monsoon wildlife tous, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your camers/binoculars etc.

    Some Donts:

    * Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas
    * Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
    * Dont yell,scream or wave at the animals.
    * Do not wear brightly coloured clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deos
    * Never feed any animals
    * Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
    * No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
    * Do not argue with any person like forest guards,guides,locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.

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