A reptile slithers slyly through the dry leaves looking for its prey somewhere in the warm tropical forest of South India. Leaving the comfort of its borrow, it moves stealthily to soak the warm sun that reflects from its scales.
Still visiting zoos to watch the animals caged and restricted to the confined spaces? Step into the territory where the wild remains unharmed and free. Your day might end with meeting this reptile — the magnificent King Cobra, which is native species to Agumbe.
In the wilderness of the dense jungles of Agumbe in the Western Ghats lies the Kalinga Centre of Rainforest Ecology (KCRE). This five-acre field site, snuggled into nature’s lap, was created for people to develop a better understanding of their ecosystem and learn about the scientific tools for its conservation.
The forest is a home to rich and diverse flora and fauna that thrive here — that now, they face a direct threat from humans. Through camps and workshops, participants will learn on how to stay in harmony with animals and what role can they play to protect them.
We bring you an opportunity to peek into this magical world that still remains in its pristine form, untouched and untamed.
Relax quietly by the slow-moving streams under the canopy of large trees that almost block the sunlight. Indulge in wildlife photography, bird-watching, butterfly-watching. Catch a glimpse of the lesser-known species like Draco Flying Lizards, Flying Squirrel, and Slender Loris. Trek through the forest trails and get close to nature to experience the richness of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
All this and more awaits you at Kalinga, which named after the ruling reptile of Agumbe forest, the King Cobra. Know more about Agumbe.
||Bangalore – Agumbe– Bangalore
||Friday – 7.30pm
||Sunday – 10.30pm
- Arrival, Introduction & Ice-breaking
- Introduction to Rainforest Ecology
- Short walk around the campsite in search of Draco (Western Ghats flying lizard)
- Trek to explore the rainforest
- Wildlife film
- Night walk to find Amphibians and nocturnal mammals (flying squirrel, slender loris and more)
- Early riser trek under thick canopy,
- exploring forest for insects, reptiles, amphibians, and birds
- Introduction to snakes of Agumbe
- First Aid for snake bites, an essential for trekkers
- Nature trail Wildlife film Night walk to find nocturnal reptiles
- Introduction to Ecology of King Cobras
- Discussion on the habitat type of Agumbe and other wildlife it houses Reflection and Departure
|MANDATORY THING TO CARRY
- Two liters of water bottles
- Torch (with New Batteries)
- One cover sheet – Good to have one
- A cap
- Cargo/track pants -2
- T-shirt -2
- Shoes, Socks
- Personal medication kit
- Rain Coat/Poncho
|To and Fro journey
|Two breakfasts (Saturday, Sunday)
|One dinner (Saturday)
||Snack/Power packs for trek
|Lots and lots of FUN.
|| Clean common bathrooms and toilets (Indian and Western) with hot water facility
|Any personal purchases.
RULES OF THE FOREST:
We encourage and request participants to follow guidelines when entering the home of other species.
- Bonfire and loud music is prohibited in view of avoiding any disturbance to animals
- Handling, agitating, or disturbing any wildlife will warrant strict action
- Collection of any kind of flora or fauna is not permitted
- Exercise caution, control, and care during observation and photography in the forest to avoid stressing species or exposing them to danger
- Respect the culture and sentiments of locals
- Kindly avoid carrying plastics and in case it is unavoidable we request that you carry back plastic waste with you like bottles, plastic bags and so on.
- Room service is not available at the campsite.
- South-Indian vegetarian / non-vegetarian food
- Coffee and Tea (morning and evening)