Exploring the wildlife of a sacred grove !!

About Wildlife Photomania Trip for ODKF :
Indian Subcontinent is home to 12 species of Kingfisher, out of these 12 gems the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher is smallest among all. With just 14 cm in size, the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher famously known as “ODK” among bird watchers. Being a small forest kingfisher, it is also called “Jewel of the forest”, due it elegant colourful feathers like Magenta pink, Neon Blue, Red, yellow, purple and white. The beautiful kingfisher is a resident bird to Southern range of Western Ghats, Sri Lanka and North east and a breeding visitor to northern range of Western Ghats. For its nesting site, it prefers small forest stream at foothills of forest edge, and the nest is constructed in a mud mount on banks of forest streams. ODK feeds on many species of small vertebrates, including forest skink, gecko’s, lizards, crabs, tadpoles and insects.

Our photography campsite is located in foothills of Western Ghats near Chiplun and Guhagar in Northern Range of Konkan belt. Our on-field experts will ensure that you get ample opportunities to capture this beauty in your cameras in 2 photography session specially dedicated to ODK. Stay is provided in a cozy hotel located close to birding site and is equipped with good basis amenities like with clean washrooms, charging points and comfortable bedding. On this tour we will be serving simple Konkani style vegetarian food cooked with love by locals. Apart from ODKF, the photography site is also home to Birds like (Blue eared Kingfisher, Hornbills, Black birds, India Pitta, Crested Hawk Eagle, Spider-hunters and Sunbirds), so don’t miss any opportunity to make the most of this tour.

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  1. OUTING DATES

    Batch 01 : 27th-28th July 2019
    Batch 02 : 24th-25th August 2019
     

  2. SHORT INFORMATION

    Category : Wildlife
    Type : Wildlife Photography Tour

    Duration : 2 Days / 1 Night

  3. ITINERARY

    Day 1 :
    Start from Mumbai at 6 am and start our travel towards Chiplun. Reach our campsite Chiplun by 1 pm. Freshen up and enjoy homely delicious lunch. Post lunch photography session – Target species oriental dwarf kingfisher. Evening Tea, refreshments & night stay.

    Day 2 :
    Early morning post breakfast proceed for 2nd session of Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher Photography. Post lunch proceed back towards Mumbai / your respective destination.

    Tour concludes with Happy Memories 🙂

  4. PRICE

    Tour Price : Rs.6,500/- per person + Taxes as applicable
    For Lifetime Membership details (Rs.1000/- Only), Click Here 

    Inclusions:
    1. All veg homely cooked meals (i.e. 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch and 1 Dinner).
    2. Accommodation on a triple sharing basis in standard No AC Room in Nature’s Harmony Resort (Click Here for Trip Advisor Review)
    3. Guide and expertise charge
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    Exclusions:
    1. Transportation from Mumbai to Chiplun & back.
    2. Any Other Expense other than mentioned above.
    3. Taxes as applicable
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    *Notes :
    1. If you want to travel from Mumbai, vehicle will be booked on basis of the group size and the costing will be shared amount all participants on at actual basis.
    2. If you are driving your own car, you can provide car pool facility to other participants and share the cost amongst yourself.
    3. Please note, this is NOT a luxury tour. All facilities are basic in terms of luxury and through out the tour our main focus remains on wildlife and photography.
    4. Extra mattress on ground will be provided for third person (Not a separate bed).  

    CUSTOMIZE THIS TOUR :

    If you wish to get this tour customized for yourself / your group on the dates apart from our batch dates, costing for customized tour will be Rs. 5000 per head for breakfast to breakfast package with accommodation and meals. Transport not included. Booking depends upon the availability of campsite and pre-booking is compulsory.

    There are some recent amendments and updates regarding Wildlife Photomania Tour. Please note important points :
    OVERNIGHT TRAVEL : Considering the request made by many travellers and photographers, we have decided to avoid risky overnight travel via NH17 and as per the new itinerary, we will be starting from Mumbai early in the morning and will reach Chiplun by lunch time.

    There are some recent amendments and updates regarding Wildlife Photomania Tour. Please note important points :
    OVERNIGHT TRAVEL : Considering the request made by many travellers and photographers, we have decided to avoid risky overnight travel via NH17 and as per the new itinerary, we will be starting from Mumbai early in the morning and will reach Chiplun by lunch time
      
    TRANSPORTATION : Vehicle will be booked on behalf of participants and the cost will be shared among the participants travelling ex-Mumbai
    Innova : Cost for AC Innova car for 2 days will be approximately Rs. 10,000 including toll, tax and driver allowances 
    Tempo Traveller : Cost for AC Tempo Traveller car for 2 days will be approximately Rs. 18,000 including toll, tax and driver allowances
    Local transfers from Chiplun station : Rs. 500/- auto one way to campsite OR Rs. 900/- Eco car one way to campsite
     
    BATCH SIZE : Every batch will have maximum 12 participants + 1 representative from Mumbai Travellers
  5. THINGS TO CARRY

    1. Poncho / Raincoat.
    2. Umbrella
    3. Gumboots
    4. Leech Socks / Knee length socks
    5. Torch
    6. ID Cards Compulsory
    7. Macro Lens (If you are a photographer)
    8. External Flash (Optional)

    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 Don’ts:

    * Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas
    * Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
    * Don’t 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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