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.

Details:

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Bangalore – Agumbe– Bangalore
DEPARTURE TIME Friday – 7.30pm
RETURN TIME Sunday – 10.30pm
SHORT ITINERARY Day 1
  • 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)

Day 2

  • 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
  • Raincoat
  • Torch (with New Batteries)
  • One cover sheet – Good to have one
  • A cap
WEAR
  • Cargo/track pants -2
  • T-shirt -2
  • Shoes, Socks
  • Personal medication kit
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain Coat/Poncho
INCLUDED
To and Fro journey Tented Accommodation
Two breakfasts (Saturday, Sunday) One lunch
One dinner (Saturday) Bonfire
Guide Snack/Power packs for trek
Lots and lots of FUN.  Clean common bathrooms and toilets (Indian and Western) with hot water facility
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch (Sunday)
Dinner (Friday)
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.

(Malnad cuisine)

  • South-Indian vegetarian / non-vegetarian food
  • Coffee and Tea (morning and evening)

Additional information

locationAgumbe Rainforest Ecology
duration3 Days & 2 Nights
age12 – 45 Years
trek distance4-5kms
difficulty levelEasy to Moderate
1

Day 0:

We will leave from Bangalore late in the evening. We request you to have some light food before travelling. This trip would be an overnight journey to Guddekere — we will begin with a ‘breaking the ice’ session, which includes an informal introduction and of course a lot of fun.

2

Day 1:

We will arrive the Kalinga Centre of Rainforest Ecology (KCRE) in early morning. The day will start with an introductory session on Rainforest Ecology. A short walk around the camp site will follow where we might catch a glimpse of the Draco or Flying Lizards, flying across the barks of tall trees.

Dracos are no mythical monsters. Thousands of years of evolution have made these lizard airborne and capable to fly across half the length of a football field!

As the night falls and the forest becomes alive with the sound of nocturnal beings, we will set out to find the animals of the night, like the Flying Squirrels and Slender Loris. You might also spot amphibians lurking nearby.

3

Day 2:

Wake up to the freshness of pure, forest air. We will begin with an early morning trek. Our naturalist will lead us to explore the forest and pass through thick green canopies and meandering streams in search of species of birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians that inhabit the forest.

Be ready to get acquainted with the snake species of Agumbe. A session on First Aid for Snake Bites will follow, which could be useful for trekkers who often traverse through forests trails.The evening will be a time to relax after a long day — we have arranged for a Wildlife film for participants to know more about the flora and fauna of the wild. If you are still up at night like the nocturnal species of the forest, be ready to explore further on a night walk.

There is a lot you don’t know about the king of this Jungle yet. You will be introduced to the Ecology of King Cobra and get more acquainted with the species itself. We will discuss the biodiversity in the forests of Agumbe and understand our part to play in the conservation of the animals and plants that belong here.

Leaving this enchantingly beautiful place and the secrets that it hides, we will depart to Bangalore on the same day.

https://goo.gl/maps/USCHMC31HTt

1) Baroda Bank, Koramangala Water TankOpp. Mr Beans – Home Cafe. – Reporting Time: 7.15 PM, Departure Time: 7.30 PM

2) New Shanti Sagar Hotel,  HAL Road, Near Domlur Bridge. – Reporting Time: 8.00 PM, Departure Time: 8.15 PM

3) MG Road, Hard Rock Cafe near Anil Kumble Signal. – Reporting Time: 9.00 PM, Departure Time: 9.30 PM

Tour Reviews

5 based on 2 reviews
June 25, 2018

It was a amazing event of learning, joy and peace.This was something new for me. Thanks to Nature Walkers for organising such an event. My regards to legendary Gowri Shankar and Priyanka from KCRE for hosting.

July 3, 2018

Agumbe Rainforest Ecology – Trek & Camping 14 – 17 Jun 2018.
Although this was our first trek with Nature Walkers, it didn’t feel like that from the very first minute we met Shane our outdoor leader and then one by one the group we were going with. Expectation I set for this trip was to relax, have some fresh air, go far away from the polluted busy environment and de-stress. I must admit I got much more than that. Forest walks, a dip in a clear flowing stream of water (twice actually), a small trek to a peak where we had scenic view of nature and greenery, first aid for snake bite session, session on King Cobra, wildlife photography, night walks, butterflies, camping in tents, tasty home cooked meals. We got a chance to be interacting with the Kalinga Center team (Gowrishankar, Prashant and Priyanka). They shared their experiences with rescuing king Cobras, we watched an amazing documentary featuring their rescue operations. This interaction was very informative and we learnt a lot about wildlife and their ecology. We even got a chance to have a quick stop at Sringeri temple, on our way back to Bangalore.
Away from network, it was great to disconnect from the virtual world and connect with nature.

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