AGUMBE RAINFOREST EXPEDITION

South India, India

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.

Outing Dates : 12th-14th August 2017

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

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.

Tour Price : Rs.11000/- per person+Tax as applicable
Payment Policy
46 Days or more before date of departure: 25% of total cost.
31 – 45 Days before date of departure: 50% of total cost.
30 days before date of departure: 100% of total cost.

Important: The booking stands liable to be cancelled if 100% payment is not received less than 30 days before date of departure.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation charges per person
30 days or more before departure: 25% of total cost
29 – 20 days before departure: 50% of total cost
Less than 20 days before departure: 100% of total cost

If we change or cancel your holiday
We do plan the arrangements in advance. It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements.

Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. If there are any changes, we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date.
We also reserve the right under any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements by assigning reasons to you.

If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements due to reasons beyond our control (e.g. bad weather):We shall first try to offer alternative dates for the tour if the tour hasn’t already commenced. If the alternate arrangement does not suit you, we will refund the amount in full.

If you want to change your holiday plan
After confirmation of services, if you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way (e.g. your chosen departure date or accommodation), we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes must be in writing from the person who made the booking. All cost incurred due to amendment will be borne by you.

All booking vouchers and tickets will be provided 3 days before departure.

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.