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To showcase India's rich biodiversity we trespass into the King Cobra 's trail right into the heart of Western Ghats - The Agumbe rainforest.
Usually Indian wildlife is identified by powerful species like the Tigers and the Elephants, but on this trip we promise to take you though this incredible journey showing you the lesser known yet very important parts of the rainforest ecosystem that supports many vulnerable and protected wildlife species, one of them holds the title of another King of the jungle - Indian King Cobra.
Agumbe is a very small village located in Shimoga district of Karnataka. It is also known as the "Cherrapunji" of the South. Being a part of dense rainforest it has limited visitors, the village covers an area of 3 sq km and is along periphery of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kudremukh National Park.
Agumbe lies in a hilly, wet region of the Western Ghat Mountains - One of UNESCO's 8 biodiversity hotspots in the world. This contributes to its scenery, suitability for trekking and there are a number of waterfalls in the locality one of them Jog Falls. The rainforest climate is humid and the dense tropical evergreen ecosystem is high in its level of biodiversity. The tropical evergreen rain forests are characterised by the great luxuriance of their vegetation which consists of several tiers, the highest containing lofty trees...covered by numerous epiphytes.
So disconnect yourself from the city and join us on this beautiful adventure.
Treks and Hikes -
Sunset View Point rests on one of the highest peaks of the Western Ghats on the Udupi-Agumbe Road. It is ten minutes’ walk from Agumbe. On a fine evening, the sunset can be seen over the Arab ian Sea.Two amazing day hikes to spot mammals (lion tailed macaque, sambar deer) and birds (malabar trogon);
Two night night jungle to spot king cobra, other reptiles and amphibians.
Visit to ARRS
The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) was founded in 2005 by Romulus Whitaker, a herpetologist. Whitaker had been familiar with Agumbe since the 1970s when he began studying the King Cobra. Its purpose is to create a local biodiversity database, encourage individual scientific research, collaborate with India's Department of Forestry and conserve the rainforest of the Western Ghats as well as to educate the residents of the region in the importance of forestry conservation. The King Cobra, an endangered is the station's "flagship species". ARRS managed the world’s first radio-telemetry project on the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), which is also the first radio-telemetry study done on any snake in India. ARRS conducts and facilitates a wide variety of research projects, ranging from rainforest ecology, behavioral and population ecology, phenology, geoinformatics and socio economics.
Jog falls, is the 2nd highest waterfall in India located near Sagara taluk in Karnataka. Jog Falls is created by the Sharavathi River dropping 253 m (830 ft), making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India after the Nohkalikai Falls with a drop of 335 m (1100 ft) in Meghalaya.
Jog falls is used for hydroelectricity and can generate 6.7 MW of power.
Tour dates: 22nd - 25th September 2016
Special discount price for Rivers and Ridges previous trip attendees INR 7500
Regular Tour Cost: INR 8500
Price to include
1)Total 4 days travel in a Non-A/C seat recliner bus.
2)Road tolls and Karnataka State RTO tax for vehicle entry and permits.
3)All access entry permits required in Agumbe rainforest for two days.
4)Accommodation in non A/C homestays on sharing occupancy (dorm style - floor mattresses)
5)Breakfast, lunch and dinner for two days (23rd and 24th)
6)Mineral water throughout the journey.
7)Tour guides from the forest department of India – full two days
8)Travel Memorabilia from Rivers and Ridges
9)Basic medical kit.
Food or snacks for the duration of the bus journey on 22nd and on 25th September
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above.
Day 1 – 22nd September
Departure and overnight Journey from Pune to Agumbe on 12th August at 7:30 pm
We will be picking up the trip attendees post 7:00 pm and exiting via Pune – Bangalore Highway:– Pune – Satara – Belgavi – Hubbali – Honnali – Agumbe.
Day 2 – 23rd September
Check in to Homestay in Agumbe at 9:00 am
Freshen up and have tea and breakfast 9:30 am
Take a small hike into the forest to spot mammals and birds 10:00 am – 12.30 pm
Return to the Homestay for lunch at 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Rest from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Visit to ARRS research center for information on King Cobra breeding program from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Return to homestay in the evening for high tea and snacks from 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Group involvement activity / jungle survival 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Dinner 9:00 – 10:00 pm
Night trail in the rainforest to site reptiles and amphibians 10:00 pm – 12:00 am
Return to homestay by 12:30 am
End of day 2
Day 3 – 24th September
Wake up call at 7:00 am
Tea and Breakfast from 8:00 – 8:30 am
Visit a crocodile farm 55kms away from our homestay and take in the natural beauty and scenic waterfalls from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Return to the campsite for lunch by 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Rest period 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Jungle hike for bird watching – 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Return to the campsite rest and have dinner 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Night jungle trail to spot King Cobra, reptiles and amphibians 10:00 pm – 12:00 am
Return to campsite by 12:30 am
End of day 3.
Day 4 – 25th September
Early wake-up call by 5:30 am
Depart for Jog falls by 6:00 am
Have breakfast on the way and reach Jog falls by 9:30 am
Enjoy and relax till 12:00 pm
Early lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Depart for Pune by 1:30 pm
Arrive at Pune by 12:30 am
End of tour.
Things to carry:
· Kindly wear full body dark color clothing which is light weight (sports material) which will protect you against thorns and also keep you warm. (4 sets of clothing)
· Sports shoes are compulsory and also carry a spare sandals which can be used while travelling.
· Carry a one liter water bottle compulsory. (You can refill the from the water that we provide)
· Torches compulsory.
· Hand Towel.
· Rain Jacket and sweaters.
· Personal sanitation kit.
· Personal medication.
· Personal snack and munchies
· Light shawl or bedsheet for covering.
· Camera optional
· Please take care of all your belongings.
· Notify us immediately in case of any medical emergency.
· We do not provide alcohol or alcoholic beverages and do not encourage anyone to carry any during the course of the trip.
· Anyone found under the influence of alcohol, drugs or narcotics will be requested to leave the trip immediately, without any refund.
* Please note that we will get sufficient time for breakfast, lunch, supper and dinner. We request all trip attendees to adhere to the specified timings by our tour guide, and we would love to cover as much as we can and spend quality time at all the 'must see' spots.
Please confirm your registration with amount in cash or make an online transfer to:
Our account details below:
Name: Rivers and Ridges
Bank Name: Punjab National Bank
Bank account Number: 6631002100001031
IFSC Code: PUNB0663100
Account type: Current
Availability is first come first serve basis. Last day of confirming is by September 15th, but please book your seats as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.
For any questions, call Rohan: 7350064961. Looking forward to seeing you all.
Team Rivers and Ridges.