Agumbe - Rainforest Expedition

"The Sahyadris, also known as the Western Ghats, are well known for their rich and unique assemblage of flora and fauna. Norman Myers has included the Western Ghats amongst the 25 biodiversity hot-spots identified in the world..”

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Explore the Tropical Rainforest in its prime!

You will be spending 3 days exploring and photographing in and around Agumbe. Located in the Western Ghats, Agumbe is one of the top Biodiversity hotspots on earth - it is home to some of the most beautiful and rare mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, flora and fungi. If lucky, you could spot the elusive King Cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world.

Agumbe is located at a distance of 380 km from Bangalore in Shimoga district of Karnataka state. It is situated at an elevation of 826 meters and is also called as “ Cherrapunji” of South India, owing to the highest rainfall (up to 8000mm) it receives. It is among the most scenic places with lush green forests, streams, rivers and of course the ghats!

dilan-mandannaThis tour is skippered by Dilan Mandanna, a renowned naturalist, photographer and filmmaker from Coorg. He has regularly worked with international production houses such as National Geographic and BBC.
Being born and brought up in the Western Ghats, he has extensive knowledge of its Natural history and his photographs have been featured in prominent publications. He has won an award at The Mercedes Benz 15th Federation Internationale de’l Art Photographique Nature Biennial World Cup 2010 (FIAP) - a prestigious International photography contest.

 

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Dates : Watch this space for an announcement !

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The itinerary below is tentative & subject to change once dates are announced.

Day 1

Day 2

  • We reach Agumbe early in the morning and check into the base camp.
  • We have a post-breakfast briefing session about the location. We then trek into the forest to explore many of the small streams and waterfalls. You will have ample opportunity to photograph many 'macro' subjects like Damselflies, Butterflies and other insects, small reptiles, fungi and amphibians.
  • After lunch, we head out for another walk into the rainforest. The forest patches are great places to watch various wildlife and spend leisurely time photographing the rich biodiversity.
  • In the evening we visit the Sunset Point where we have an opportunity to try landscape shots in the glow of the Golden Hour.
  • Returning to base camp in the evening, we relax with dinner.
  • We go out in the night looking for some of the nocturnal animals like the Brown- Palm Civet and the Indian flying squirrel. If we get lucky, we could also spot mouse deer, Slender loris and snakes like Malabar pit vipers and Cat snakes.
  • We wake up early in the morning for some bird watching and photography - for which Agumbe is an excellent place. A lot of birds endemic to the Western Ghats can be photographed here, like the White-bellied Treepie, Rufous Babbler, Wynaad Laughingthrush, Grey Headed Bulbul, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Frogmouth etc.
  • After breakfast at the base camp, we head out for a walk into the rainforest. The forest patches are great places to watch various wildlife and spend leisurely time photographing the rich biodiversity.
  • After lunch, we pack up for our return journey back home. 

accept_3.png Cost & Terms

What's Included What's not included
  • All park/forest entry & safari fees 
  • All accommodation, on twin sharing basis.
  • All meals. 
  • Services of guides and drivers 
  • All local travel
  • Travel between your home and the tour destination.
  • All personal expenses, optional tours/activities and extra meals
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list

Price : To be announced

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Discover Dandeli

"In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” 

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Dandeli is situated in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state, at an altitude of over 500m in the higher Western Ghats, with Goa on its western border. Being an an ideal place for birders, the best of Dandeli is however the evergreen forest. A short walk along any part of the forest is always a wonderful experience, and you are sure to encounter a wide variety of birds and mammals. If you are lucky you may even get to spot a melanistic Leopard, commonly referred to as the 'Black Panther'. The Malabar Giant Squirrel is also endemic to this region.

Dandeli is home to four species of Hornbills - Indian Great, Malabar Pied, Indian Grey & Malabar Grey. The list of birds one can expect to spot include the Imperial Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Veriditer Flycatcher, Woodpeckers -  Lesser Flameback, Spotted,Roufous & White Bellied. Watching the Paradise Flycatcher in flight is a visual treat, Salim Ali's description in his field guide aptly describes the unsurpassed beauty of this bird -

"The agile fairy-like movements of the male as he twists & turns in the air after flies, with his tail-ribbons looping or trailing behind, is a spectale of exquisite charm"  

Join us on this tour to explore this piece of paradise on earth, captained by Gopi Krishnamurthy, a Certified Naturalist who has spent extensive time studying the wildlife of Dandeli while serving as the Chief Naturalist at a popular wildlife resort near Dandeli.

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Dates : Watch this space for an announcement !

Can't wait?! email.pngWrite to us to register your interest for this tour

The itinerary below is tentative & subject to change once dates are announced.

Day 1

Day 2 

Day3

  • We pick you up from Dandeli by 10 AM and check into our base camp by noon.
  • After a post-lunch briefing about the location, we go on a safari at Dandeli Tiger Reserve.
  • Over late tea back at the camp, we have a review session of your pictures and some knowledge sharing on the techniques of wildlife photography.
  • Soon after dinner, we head out in the night in search of the Indian Giant Flying Squirrel.
  • We wake up to some early morning bird-watching.  A lot of birds endemic to the Western Ghats can be photographed here, such as the White-bellied Treepie, Rufous Babbler, Wynaad Laughingthrush, Grey Headed Bulbul, Malabar Grey Hornbill etc.
  • On our return, we have a review session of your pictures and share our experiences of the morning after breakfast.
  • After lunch and some rest, we go bird watching on the Hornbill Trail.
  • A campfire and dinner, we are soon out again on a night trail to shoot nocturnal fauna.
  • We begin the day with an early morning bird-watching session.  
  • We check out from the camp after breakfast, and head out to Dandeli town for lunch. 
  • Post-lunch, we head out on the Timber Yard Trail for some more bird spotting.
  • We drop you off at Dandeli for your return journey back home.
 

 

 

accept_3.png Cost & Terms

What's Included What's not included
  • All park/forest entry & safari fees.
  • All accommodation, on twin sharing basis.
  • All meals. 
  • Services of guides and drivers 
  • All local travel
  • Travel between your home and the tour destination.
  • All personal expenses, optional tours/activities and extra meals.
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls.
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • All camera fees.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list.
Price : To be announced

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Bandipur - Tiger Trail

 "The most magnificient creature in the entire world, the Tiger is...”

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Once the private hunting grounds of the Maharajas, Bandipur is unapologetically wild terrain. Elephants roam in large herds, deer stare at you brazenly and peafowl flit in and out as they deem fit. Nestled at the foothills of the Nilgiris, Bandipur has had a long tryst with tigers. One of the thirty reserves identified across the country to save the tiger and its habitat, it's also one of the last refuges of the endangered Asiatic wild elephant. The Bandipur Safari Lodge is your way of being a part of this ecological haven.

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Dates : 28 & 29 March 2015

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Day 1

Day 2

  • We reach Bandipur late in the morning and check into the Bandipur Forest Guest House.
  • After freshening up and lunch, we have a briefing session.
  • Lunch is followed by a Safari ride into the forest by a forest department vehicle. 
  • Before dinner we review the day's events and pictures.
  • We wake up early in the morning for another safari ride, where you can expect to spot a lot of birds and also get some landscape shots.
  • A lot of the endemic birds can be photographed here like the Coppersmith Barbet, Nuthatch, Hoopoe, Jungle Fowl, Streaked Woodpecker, Flameback, Crested Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, etc. A lot of mammals like Elephants, Gaur, Striped Necked Mongoose apart from the iconic Tigers & Leopards can be seen.
  • After breakfast at the camp, we go around for a photo walk.
  • Lunch is followed by a quick pack-up and checkout.
  • We go out for another afternoon safari.
  • After the safari, we make our way back to Bangalore.

accept_3.pngCost & Terms

Safari rides by individual vehicles is subject to availability at the venue.  
What's Included What's not included
  • All park and forest entry fees 
  • All accommodation, on twin sharing basis.
  • All meals. 
  • Services of guides and drivers 
  • All local travel
  • Travel between your home and the tour destination.
  • All personal expenses, optional tours/activities and extra meals
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Anything that is not included in the inclusions list
Price : Rs. 10,000/-  (Rupees Ten thousand only) booknow

FAQ

  1. What are your guided tours?
    • Our Guided Tours offer you the dual advantage of a wild-life travel experience that will refresh your mind, as well helping you shoot fantastic wild-life photographs.
      • Led by senior wildlife photographers & naturalists, our tours offer you increased chances of spotting wildlife, as well as making sure your photographs are shot correctly in such conditions.
      • As most of our tour participants are photography enthusiasts, the group objectives are synchronised, which in turn makes your trip more enjoyable and focussed.
  2. I am new to photography. Can I join?
    • If you are a beginner in photography, you should grab this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away! Our Guided Tours cater to beginners as well as the more experienced photographers.
      • Beginners avail the advantage of learning from our veteran photographers and naturalists who help you with off-field briefings and on-location guidance.  
      • To make the most of our Guided Tours, we recommend that you be familiar with the basics of photography. If you're not, kindly consider attending our Fundamentals of Photography Workshop before your trip.
  3. Who else can sign-up for your tours?
    • Anybody with an interest in wildlife and/or photography can sign-up for our Guided Tours.
      • Minimum age requirement for tour participants is 18 years.
      • People under 18 years of age are also welcome to join most of our Guided Tours, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.  Please talk to us before the trip, so that we can make suitable arrangements for minors.
  4. How can I be sure that I'll get to spot all the wildlife you mention in your tour brochures? 
    • Our Guided Tours are planned carefully by experienced naturalists familiar with the locale of the tours, who among various parameters consider the climate, environment, habitat, etc. of the location before scheduling our tours.  As such, you are bound to get the best possible wildlife sighting experience in our Guided Tours, which will also reflect in your photographs of your trip.  
      • However, due to the nature of the environment of  our Wildlife Tours (wild, by definition!), there are many factors that are beyond our control, which do not promise you guaranteed sightings of all of the listed wildlife..
  5. What kind of cameras and lenses do I need to get for the tours?
    • On our Wildlife Tours, you can expect to shoot wildlife and fauna of all sizes - passerine birds and small frogs/insects to large waterfowl and elephants.  Given the range of subjects, we suggest the following equipment for your trips :
      • Cameras with good resolution, that allow interchangeable lenses.  Fixed lens cameras with a wide zoom range are also acceptable for some situations, but for the keen photographer in you, we recommend you carry cameras that allow you Manual controls.
      • Zoom lenses in the range of 70-300mm or 100-400mm is suitable for most wildlife.
      • Telephoto lenses with a focal length of at least 300mm with a 1.4x tele-convertor is usually required for bird photography..
      • Wide-angle zoom lenses in the range of 18-200 mm or normal prime lenses of 35/50mm are recommended for shooting landscapes or habitat pictures of wildlife.
      • Macro lens are a must for shooting small wildlife and fauna such as insects, fungi, etc.
  6. I don't think I have all the right camera equipment with me.  What do I do?
    • No worries! We provide cameras and lenses for hire for our tour participants.  Please discuss with us when you signup for our tours.

 

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