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GreatEscapes presents a unique Herpetology Camp, in the heart of the Western Ghats with ace Herpetologist Gowrishankar.

We invite you to participate in this one-of-a-kind camp, where you’d spend 2 days in the thick rainforests of Agumbe which receive the second highest rainfall in India, and is home to the elusive and mysterious King Cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world! Agumbe is also the location where the famous TV series Malgudi Days was shot.

As a participant, you will experience research and conservation efforts first-hand with Gowrishankar and learn about & see a variety of amphibians and endemic species found nowhere else on the planet. You will also get a chance to experience Radio Telemetry Tracking of King Cobras, which aid behavioral studies and ongoing conservation efforts.

The base camp for this camp is the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS). The camp involves trekking through pristine forests, visiting awe-inspiring waterfalls and landscapes, education sessions and viewing documentaries filmed at Agumbe.

The camp dates are 16-17 October & 30-31 October 2010 with a maximum group size of 12 – 14 participants.

The total cost of the camp is Rs. 6750 (ex-Bangalore), which includes travel charges to Agumbe and back by bus, food, accommodation and local transport within Agumbe. For further details, visit www.greatescapes.co.in

To register, call Ananth at 9945090414 or mail us at info@greatescapes.co.in


Agumbe Rainforest Research Station


Trip Itinerary:

Day 1 – Saturday (16th or 30th Oct)

Depart from Bangalore previous night to reach Agumbe in the morning and have breakfast at the Rainforest Research Station. A brief introduction to ARRS by Gowrishankar followed by a tour of the base camp. Accompany researchers on field for radio tracking King Cobras in the wild. After lunch, trek to a cave close by to look for bats and porcupines. Towards evening, head to the famous sunset point and thereafter to Doddamane – ‘Malgudi days’ house. Return to base camp for film screening followed by an interactive session with Gowri Shankar. After dinner, head out on a night walk to the stream to find interesting nocturnal animals (optional).

Day 2 – Sunday (17th or 31st Oct)

Wake up early in the morning and embark on a trek to Doddahalla through dense forest under thick canopy and rich biodiversity. Return to base camp for lunch and head out to Jogigundi waterfalls. Early dinner and depart from Agumbe on the same night to reach Bangalore on Monday morning.

*This schedule is tentative and might change depending on weather and other conditions. Higher enthusiasm levels would help in adding more activities!

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