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Join Darter Photography to the pristine rainforests of the Western Ghats – Agumbe. Experience the place which gets the highest rainfall in South India, get up-close with diverse endemic species of the region and interact with researchers studying these forests. And possibly see and photograph the king of these forests, the aptly named King Cobra.
Dates – July 28 to 29, 2012
The rainforests of Agumbe are always alive – the sound of water droplets falling from high up in the canopy to puddles on the ground, the croaks of frogs as they look for mates, and the multitude of insects buzzing form a natural orchestra that quickly becomes addictive. Little streams flow through the forest, tumbling down as beautiful waterfalls in many places. Fungi of all shapes, sizes and colors are everywhere. Snakes, in their myriad colours and sizes, eagerly wait and lookout for prey. Praying Mantises blend into their environments, perfectly camouflaging themselves.
A brief break from the rains brings the sun peeking out from the clouds. And along with it, the most colourful butterflies like the Blue Mormon, Southern Birdwing, Red Helen and Cruiser dance amongst the flowers. Western Ghat endemic birds like Malabar Trogon, Yellow-browed Bulbuls and even Sri Lankan Frogmouths are seen here.
This forest is also a great place to view the longest venomous snake in the world – the King Cobra. Listen to the experts on the insights they’ve gathered on this elusive giant.
Rainforest Rendezvous is a great opportunity to photograph these less photographed creatures. Shreeram M V, Darter Photography Expert on this tour, has visited Agumbe several times in the past and has rich experience in photographing the beauty of the rainforest and its denizens. He would guide you on photographing not just the myriad forms of life here but also the wonderful scenes of the rainforest – from the canopy to the numerous waterfalls and streams.
Under the guidance of renowned herpetologist, researcher and conservationist Gowri Shankar, learn a great deal about the elusive wildlife in the depths of the Western Ghats. He would share his extensive knowledge about the rainforests and their conservation and lead us on the trail to discover the myriad forms of life. If there’s a rescue call from a nearby village, we’ll even accompany him on the mission to relocate the snake to its natural habitat.
The tour includes:
- Sessions and on-field guidance on rainforest ecology, conservation and environmental issues by renowned herpetologist Gowri Shankar
- Sessions on photographing rainforest wildlife – technical, aesthetic and ways to approach the subjects
- Expert assistance on field in getting best images
- Rainforest walks at day and night to experience and capture the richness of the forests up-close
- Jeep drives to places of interest around Agumbe
- Camping in the rainforest
- Daily image reviews and feedback at the end of every day’s shoot
- On field assistance in identifying wildlife and in understanding the rainforest ecology
Is this workshop for you?
This tour is for you if:
- You want to learn about the techniques of photographing in the rainforests from the experts, AND/OR
- You are excited to photograph every fascinating life form in the rainforest, from little frogs to beautiful butterflies to majestic snakes, AND/OR
- You have a keen interest in diverse forms of wildlife and wish to learn more about the rich biodiversity in the rainforests
We will be staying at the Centre for Rainforest Ecology, founded by Gowri Shankar, in Agumbe. Center for Rainforest Ecology provides opportunities to people from varied backgrounds to learn scientific tools of conservation through workshops and camps. The goal is to enable people to learn more beyond just introduction to ecology and forests. Participants are exposed to scientific research methodologies that any researcher in field follows, in addition to getting a good understanding of rainforest ecology.You get to learn all this in a fun way!
Please Note: The accommodation will be in twin-sharing tents pitched close to the main set-up.
Campsite is equipped with clean showers and toilets. Simple vegetarian (occasionally non-veg) meals will be served. Electricity is available for some time in the day and resourceful usage of the same is encouraged.
- Smoking and alcohol is restricted in the premises of the campsite.
- Bonfire and loud music is prohibited at the campsite to avoid any disturbance to animals.
- Avoid carrying plastics to the campsite. If it is unavoidable, please carry back plastic waste with you. Eg. Pet bottles, plastic bags etc.
- No provision for room service is made available at the campsite.
The cost of the tour is Rs.8,950/- per person.
The cost includes
- Accommodation at Centre for Rainforest Ecology in tents on twin-sharing basis
- All meals during the stay (starting with breakfast on Day 1 and ending with dinner on Day 2)
- Escorted trips and sessions by a renowned herpetologist
- Sessions on wildlife photography, rainforest ecology, on-field assistance and image reviews
The cost does not include
- Transport to Agumbe and back
- Additional food and beverages
- Laundry, telephone and internet access
- Tips and anything else that is not part of the includes list above
Bus tickets from Bangalore to Agumbe and back can be organized by us with prior notification. The cost of the bus ticket can be paid along with the registration fee or directly to the Darter Photography Expert at the time of the tour.
Agumbe is around 375 km from Bangalore, 100 km from Mangalore (nearest Airport) and 95km from Shimoga. The easiest way to get there from Bangalore is by the overnight KSRTC Rajahamsa bus. The bus takes about 9 hours to get to Agumbe.
Contact us for help with booking transportation to Agumbe. In case you plan to drive to Agumbe, we could also provide assistance with car-pooling.
Join this workshop
Contact us to book the workshop. Like all our tours, Rainforest Rendezvous will have a limited number of participants.
Ph: 97400 83260 (Shreeram) / 9880006460 (Arun)
Accompanying Darter Photography Expert: Shreeram M V
Shreeram is a passionate naturalist and a professional wildlife photographer with an experience of working as a naturalist with Jungle Lodges. His wildlife images are widely acclaimed have found place in glossy desktop calendars, publications and wall hangings. He has the experience of photographing wildlife across multiple habitats across India – from the rainforests to the high-altitude deserts to grasslands to coasts. He comes with vast expertise in wildlife photography, having photographed hundreds of species of birds and mammals from places as far as mountains of Ladakh to seashores of South India.
Accompanying Herpetologist and Rainforest Expert – Gowri Shankar
What started as curiosity and love for reptiles became the forte of this herpetologist. Gowri Shankar started handling snakes at the age of 13 and now uses this skill to explore the undiscovered grounds of the reptilian world. His stint as an animal inspector, education officer, researcher, has molded him well to suit the current profile as a Conservation Officer at Centre for Rainforest Ecology (CRE). Based at Agumbe and focusing primarily on studying and conserving king cobras he has become the first in the world to observe and document the nesting, male combat, courtship, mating and cannibalistic behaviors of king cobras in the wild.
He has been featured in several wildlife documentaries like the ‘King and I’, ‘Secrets of the King Cobra ‘by BBC and the National Geographic Channel respectively. He has also served as a consultant to these channels. He has rescued over 120 King cobras from distress situations and through various educational programs has reached out far and wide to ensure that the last remaining habitat of this magnificent creature is conserved.
Day 1 : Arrive at Centre for Rainforest Ecology (CRE), Agumbe after an overnight bus journey from Bangalore. After breakfast, we’ll have an orientation session followed by a session on Rainforest Photography – the various subjects, techniques, light conditions and macro photography – interspersed with photography around the CRE campus. After lunch, we head to Agumbe town to get nostalgic at Doddamane – the “Malgudi Days house”. We’ll then drive to the Sunset Point to get a good view of the rainforest canopy. At night, we walk into the rainforests close to CRE to find and photograph interesting nocturnal animals like Frogs, Snakes, Civets, Slender Loris and, if we are lucky, a Leopard too!
Day 2: After breakfast, we head out on a long trek through dense forest under thick canopy. We’ll photograph the beauty of the rainforest, along with the rich biodiversity that it holds. In the afternoon, we head to Jogi Gundi to watch a splendid waterfall. Swimming is an option here, so carry your swimwear along. After an early dinner, we catch the bus back to Bangalore, with our cameras carrying back memories for a lifetime.
In addition to all these activities, the Darter Photography Expert would conduct review sessions everyday to give you feedback on your photographs.
Testimonials from participants
“A very big thanks to Darter, Its was wonderful Photographic journey, you were very patient, co-operation, and well organized team, good reviews, and training section, and theoretical sections were wonderful. Good work… Keep it UP!!!!!” – A. Parthiban, Chennai
“Shreeram has been a great source of inspiration for me on this trip. His mentoring on macro photography & waterfall photography has certainly helped me a lot.” – Prashant Joshi, Pune
“…its really a wonderful experience for me to spend time with people who are experts in different aspects of photography.” – Gururaghavendran.N, Bangalore
“It was a memorable tour with Darter, well organised & i am sure will look forward to join other tours” – Saandip Nandagudi
This Workshop is being conducted at a Research Station – Centre for Rainforest Ecology. Part of the workshop cost would go into funding researchers in unraveling the secrets of the rainforest.
Also Darter Photography, through our tie-up with www.grow-trees.com, would plant 5 trees in honour of every participant joining this Workshop.
Register for this tour
Contact us to book the tour. Like all our tours, Rainforest Rendezvous will have a limited number of participants.
Ph: 97400 83260 (Shreeram) / 9880006460 (Arun)