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Here are some pictures we took during a herpetology camp, deep inside the virgin, untamed forests of Agumbe. Interested in attending the camp, click here.

Agumbe is one of the most scenic places on the Western Ghats of the Southern  India. Situated 560 meters above sea level on the Sahyadri ranges (Western Ghats), a World bio-diversity hotspot is aptly called the Cherapunji of South India as it receives an average rainfall of 7000-8000mm annually.

Added to the lush green view all around, the attractions for the visitors is the spectacular sunset and vast opportunities it offers to the trekkers. However not many know that these pristine forests are home to the longest venomous snake of the world – The King Cobra. The renowned herpetologist, Romulus Whitaker called Agumbe the capital of King Cobra.

If you are looking for a peaceful break for a few days from the hectic city life, away from the crowded and commercialized attractions, then this is the place for you.

Ophiophagus Hannah - King Cobra

King Cobra

Dear readers, our next herpetology camp will be on 16-17 October & 30-31 October 2010.  Click here to get more information.

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GreatEscapes launches exclusive Photography Expedition to the Agumbe Rainforest this May with experienced wildlife photgrapher Amoghavarsha. This 2 day workshop will take you to the heart of the rainforest to spot some of the rare species found only in this region. The expedition starts from Bangalore on the 29th of May.

Agumbe is a small town located in Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka, India. Agumbe is among the few places in India that receive very heavy rainfall earning it the title, “Cherrapunji of the South”. It receives a mean annual rainfall of 7640 mm. Agumbe is today, fast gaining recognition world over for being home to a large number of King Cobras and other rare species that have recently been discovered.

As a part of the small team (max 15 people) that would travel to Agumbe, you would be based at The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station and would learn the nuances of photographing wildlife and key tips on how to get the best out of your camera, when in the wild. Ace researcher Gowrishankar would walk you through Agumbe, its topography, unique endemic species found here and most importantly – Radio Telemetry Tracking of King Cobras. You would interact with trackers and would go on trekking trails with guides, while periodically stopping to exercise your cameras!

To be part of this limited group of enthusiast, write to info@greatescapes.co.in or call Ajay on +91-9844161733 / 9886101005

or visit our website www.greatescapes.co.in

Photography Expedition to Agumbe Rain Forest

Trip Itinerary:

 Day 1 – Saturday 30th May

Depart from Bangalore previous nite to reach Agumbe in the morning and have breakfast at the Rainforest Research Station. A brief introduction to ARRS would be presented by Researcher Gowrishankar followed by a tour of the base camp. Relax for a short while, have lunch and then head to the King Cobra tracking site, after which head to the famous Kundadri hills to photograph in the lovely evening light. Return to base camp, have tea followed by a photo review session and talk by Amoghavarsha. Have dinner and head out on a night trail to photograph some interesting nocturnal animals.

Day 2 – Sunday 31st May

Wake up early in the morning and embark on a bird trail. Return to base camp for breakfast and head to shoot Jogigundi waterfalls. Lunch at base camp and relax for a while. Head to the famous sunset point after tea. 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 packing in more activities!

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