Agumbe is one of our most celebrated and frequently requested event. The popularity of this has a lot to do with the experience at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) . Situated just 1 Kms away from Agumbe Bus Stop, this field based conservation and research organisation is world's first to have conducted a very high frequency study on King Kobra, which later helped to study several unique patterns of the other snakes. The station complex comprises the Kudremukh National Park, Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary.
In our informative program to witness nature up & close, we will be travelling to Someshwara wildlife sanctuary and Vana Gabbe. Both these places offer an opportunity to see rare wild species and varied flora.To make this experience even more enriching, we will have an exclusive educational session by the researchers of ARRS, just for The Great Escape’s family. Also, no trip to Agumbe is complete without paying a visit to Doddamane, a 130 year old house (famously known as Malgudi Days home) and we don’t intend on breaking the ritual ;).
Be a part of this less travelled path and experience a thrill that will continue to give you goosebumps for a long time.
20 - 25 Slots
Anyone who is interested in Wildlife.
- All local transportation within Agumbe
- All meals in ARRS
- Stay at ARRS
- Programs at ARRS
- Service of an experienced Trek leader
- Service of a forest official
- Trek Charges
- To and fro transportation to Agumbe
- All meals not mentioned above.
- Personal expenses and tips
8:00 am: Reach Agumbe
8:30 am: Reach ARRS Campus
9:00 am: Freshen up
9:30 am: Breakfast
10:00 am: Introduction and instructions by ARRS staff
10:15 am: Explore ARRS
1:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm: Presentation on King Cobra research
3:00 pm: Break
4:00 pm: Tea
Program at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS).
ARRS is a field based conservation and research organisation situated inside the Agumbe Reserved Forest at Agumbe in the western ghats of southern India. It was founded in the year 2005, by leading Indian herpetologist Romulus Whitaker. ARRS conducts and facilitates a wide variety of research projects on rainforest ecology and reptiles. Apart from research, ARRS focuses on education and outreach in the local community.
On arrival at Agumbe, the team heads off to ARRS. Post breakfast gear up for an introductory session by the ARRS staff followed by a tour of the campus. Walking along the beautiful riverbed in the canopied rainforest in the first realization that we are situated right in the middle of a forest. If lucky, we can spot elephant footprints and marks too.
After the tour, we come back for lunch. Authentic home cooked Malnad food is served, a delight to our taste buds. Lunch is followed by the much awaited presentation on the King Cobra research. The rest of the evening is spent exploring the town of Agumbe. Head off to the famous sunset view point to witness the magical sunset and come back to the campus for dinner.
After dinner, accompany the researchers for a night inside the forest to experience how nocturnal animals are observed in the dark for research purposes.
Head back to our beautiful cottages ( our stay at ARRS) and call it the night.
5:30 am: Early Breakfast
6:00 am: Depart for trek to Someshwara
6:20 am: Start trek to Vana Gabbe
12:00 pm: Return to ARRS
1:00 pm: Lunch
4:00 pm: Visit Doddamane
5:00 pm: Bid good bye to each other and head back to our respective cities.
Someshwara - ARRS
We start our day early today, after having breakfast at campus leave for Someshwara by 6 am.
Someshwara is a small town located on the foothills of Western Ghats in Udupi district, located at a distance of 9 kms from Agumbe. Someshwara boosts its beauty by the flow of river Sita, and the main attraction of this town is Someshwara wildlife Sanctuary which has west coast semi evergreen forests and southern secondary moist mixed deciduous forests in its ranges.
The sanctuary has fauna like tiger, leopard, dhole (wild dog), jackal, palm civet, jungle cat, Indian wild boar, Indian porcupine, sambar, spotted deer, muntjac (barking deer), mouse deer, gaur (Indian bison), Indian hare, lion tailed macaque, bonnet macaque, common langur, giant flying squirrel, king cobra, etc.
We start our trek to Vana Gabbe from Someshwara , which passes through lush green reserve forest area.(permits from forest department will be taken in advance and a forest official will accompany us during the trek). After the trek we return to ARRS campus have our lunch and spend some time roaming around the campus. In the evening we plan to visit Doddamane, a 130 year old house in the rainforest of Agumbe which is run by a sweet old lady, Kasturi Akka, who welcomes travelers with an open heart. Doddamane is famous for having the Malgudi Days shot here. At 5 pm we bid good bye to each other and head back to our respective cities.
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