After an amazing post-monsoon tour of Agumbe last year in October we return to the ‘Heart of the rainforest’ once again however in the misty winter time. To showcase India's rich biodiversity we enter into King Cobra's trail right into the heart of Western Ghats - The Agumbe rainforest.
Usually, Indian wildlife is identified by powerful species like the Tigers and the Elephants, but on this trip, we promise to take you through this incredible journey showing you the lesser-known yet very important parts of the rainforest ecosystem that supports many vulnerable and protected wildlife species, one of them holds the title of another King of the jungle - Indian King Cobra.
Agumbe is a very small village located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. It is also known as the "Cherrapunji" of the South. Being a part of dense rainforest it has limited visitors, the village covers an area of 3 sq km and is along the periphery of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park.
You will be guided by an expert naturalist/ conservationist. The central idea of this trip is to absorb the richness of bio-diversity and thus a good DSLR is highly recommended to record some of the unbelievable moments in Nature. Jungle tracking to spot mammals (lion-tailed macaque, sambar deer) and birds (Malabar trogon); We will be exploring various animal habitats like grasslands to dense forests in complete silence and natural beauty. It is highly recommended to start to follow the given itinerary
Wake up at 5:00 am (An hour earlier is much better) 5:30 am Tea and biscuits 6:00 am day as early as 5 am and return to bed by 10 am.. have lunch and step out again wo night hikes jungle to spot king cobra, other reptiles and amphibians.
Tour Date: Jan 22 - 26, 2020
Jan 22nd - Leave via Orange/ KSRTC bus 6:30 pm from Katraj
Jan 23rd - Reach Udupi at 7:00 am. Travel to Guddekeri We will arrange private transport to our place of stay in Agumbe in Camping/ Dorm or private cabins (additional cost) accommodation style. Travel time is 3 hours. 9:30 am - Check-in and have breakfast. Settle down, relax in cottage/ dorms. Or take a walk in the Camp vicinity. A short walk around the campsite in search of Draco (the Western Ghats flying lizard) 12:30 - 1:30 pm - Hot local Lunch 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Trek up to hilltop via a jungle trail 4:30 - 5:30 pm - Coffee and Group interaction 6:00 - 7:00 Documentary on King Cobra a Wildlife Film 7:30 - 8:30 Dinner 8:30 - 10:30 Night walk to find Amphibians and nocturnal mammals (flying squirrel, slender loris and more)
Jan 24th 4:30 am - Wake up and get ready 5:15 am - Tea and biscuits 5:30 am - Birding trail, early morning time is the best to catch some action from these colorful endemic species - 3 hours. 8:30 pm - Return - freshen up 9:30 am - Breakfast 10:00 - 1:00 pm - Free time - you can either relax, read or just spend your time your way. 1:30 - Lunch 2:30 - 4:30 - Group interaction and sharing ideas/ networking 7:30 - 8:30 Dinner 8:30 - 10:30 Night walk to find Amphibians and nocturnal mammals (flying squirrel, slender loris and more)
Jan 25th 4:30 am Wake up to chirping music of the birds 6:00 - 8:30 Take the birding trail under a thick canopy, swim in the pristine stream, explore the forest for insects, reptiles, and amphibians. 8:30 - 9:00 freshen up 9:00 - 10:00 Breakfast 10:00 - Leave for ARRS - Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. 10:30 - Reach ARRS - Rainforest Ecology Workshop/ Jungle trail for Photography Learn First Aid for snake bites, an essential for trekkers 12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch 2:00 - Leave for Shimoga 8:00 pm - Leave for Pune
Jan 26th Reach Pune at 5:30 am
The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) was founded in 2005 by Romulus Whitaker, a herpetologist. Whitaker had been familiar with Agumbe since the 1970s when he began studying the King Cobra. Its purpose is to create a local biodiversity database, encourage individual scientific research, collaborate with India's Department of Forestry and conserve the rainforest of the Western Ghats as well as to educate the residents of the region in the importance of forestry conservation.
The King Cobra, an endangered is the station's "flagship species". ARRS managed the world’s first radio-telemetry project on the King Cobra, which is also the first radio-telemetry study done on any snake in India. ARRS conducts and facilitates a wide variety of research projects, ranging from rainforest ecology, behavioral and population ecology, phenology, geoinformatics, and socioeconomics.
Things to carry
2 Valid Identity Proof with an address (Voter ID / Adhaar Card). 2 Passport Size Color Photographs. Good Water Bottles(not the disposable ones). A light-weighted Rucksack or Backpack, and a smaller daypack. A good pair of trekking shoes, and a pair of flipflops. Thermal Inners, Fleece Jackets, and warm clothes. Raincoat/poncho(Just in case)Personal clothing, Track pants, shorts, Towel, napkinsCap, sunglasses camera, Binoculars (if you choose to).Toiletries, Sunscreen, Moisturizer, Light towel, Lip balm, Wet wipes, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Hand Sanitizer, etc based on your personal needs. Extra Polythene Bags (To segregate used/ unused garments, wet/ dry clothing).Any medicines that you may feel necessary. Mosquito repellent Energy Drinks, Juices, Snacks & Biscuits to munch on (can be purchased over there too)