Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
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The Place – Western Ghats start from Southern tip of Gujarat and end down south in Kerala. A major portion of the Northern region of the Western ghats is situated in Maharashtra in Satara district. The Western Ghats are one of the world’s few Bio-Diversity Hotspots and houses a very intricate ecosystem. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and Chandoli National Park (together called as Sahyadri Tiger reserve) are an important portion of the protected areas in western Maharashtra. They are known for their characteristic landscape composed of hills and hillocks with rivulets and streams emerging from them and the typical plateaus at the top. They are also home to a wide range of endemic flora. Animals like Indian Gaur, Sambar, Barking deer, Indian Giant Squirrel are commonly seen here along with occasional sightings of the elusive nocturnal species like the Asian Palm civet, Jungle cat, Leopard cat and also the Indian leopard. It is a birders’ paradise with a great number of local as well some migratory birds calling it their home. Highlights – - It is the only Tiger reserve in Western Maharashtra. - A very exclusive itinerary covering a variety of local habitats. - One of the very few places where one gets to experience the jungle through walking trails in addition to vehicle safaris. - An interesting night trail to observe some elusive nocturnal species and understanding the nocturnal patterns in the jungle. - Koyna is home to the native Dhangars, who are herders by profession, with an innate sense of reading the jungle. - A visit to Hydroelectric power project park. The Footloose Factor – We at Footloose Journeys believe in creating value for our campers by taking them on meaningful travel experiences. Along with conducting wildlife safaris and wildlife photography sessions on the camps, we also make sure that our campers learn about the ecosystem as a whole. Through various discussion sessions, documentary screenings, quizzes, interactions with the members of tribal communities, and even interactions with forest department personnel, we make sure that our campers take with them a bagful of beautiful memories and also deep knowledge about the place.
Non-AC Private Bus
Leave from Pune by a private bus at 5:00 PM. Dinner en-route. Reach Koyna at night. Overnight at Koyna.
SUV & Hiking trails
We start the day early in the morning. We will have our breakfast and proceed to Koyna Nagar for an early morning trail for bird watching. Visit to Koyna Dam Hydroelectric power project museum. Lunch at Koyna Nagar followed by some leisure time & rest. In the evening we venture out for another walking trail. High tea and snacks in the jungle with a Dhangar family and listen to their stories from the wild. Post sunset we will begin our night trail to experience the nocturnal wildlife. Late night dinner. Overnight at Koyna.
Start the day before dawn. We will have our breakfast at a local’s house and proceed in a vehicle to Bhairavgad Safari Gate. En-route, we will try to spot some nocturnal wildlife as well. We will cover this area by taking various different trails for half a day today. We will explore the forests, streams, plateaus, and valleys in Chandoli National park to observe some amazing flora and fauna. Lunch at Koyna Nagar. Leave for Pune in the evening. Evening snacks en-route. Reach Pune by night.
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We, Footloose Journeys, are a novel travel venture in the area of Responsible & Sustainable Ecotourism. Since 2015, we have been working on a variety of wildlife experiences that focus on wildlife exploration, interaction with tribal communities to understand the life around the jungles, knowledge sharing about conservation of our natural heritage, wildlife photography, and also, interaction with Forest Officers to understand the details of wildlife protection and management. Started with a mission to deliver authentic travel experiences in natural landscapes, we closely work with native communities to bring out the best of the experiences for our guests. We are honoured & proud to have been nominated for the 5th TOFTigers Wildlife Tourism Awards 2018.
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A pleasure to travel with Paresh and team. The whole experience was memorable!
Kuldeep & Meghana
Thank you very much Paresh & Ameya. We really enjoyed our first jungle safari. They really managed each and everything right from picking up from Nagpur
airport. We really enjoyed the hospitality and the experience they have. I wish Footloose Journeys all the very best and looking forward to many more jungle
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Thank you Footloose for arranging an excellent trip to Nagzira camp. Everything went very well and I had a great time.It was amazing to watch stars at night and hear Owl calls throught the camp. Great personalised tour , keep it up !
We had an amazing time with Paresh and his team! I was in a group of ten law students and two professors and the Footloose team tailored the trip to our interests (environmental law, policy, and endangered species protection and conservation).
We met with a top tiger conservationist and learned about efforts to protect tiger habitat in central India. We stayed in a stunning resort for two days just outside Kahna National Park and took several beautiful rides through the park and saw some incredible wildlife. Footloose also arranged for us to meet with some of the people who were displaced when the park was formed so we could learn about their way of life and how they work to protect the forest.
I definitely recommend planning a trip with Footloose Journeys. They are very responsive and easy to work with.
It was my very first experience into the raw jungle and my decision to explore Tadoba with Footloose Journeys was truly beautiful! The entire trip was very well organised and wasn't disappointed at any point of time. The crew (Paresh,our guides,drivers) were very interactive and kept enlightening us about the stories of
the jungle. Awaiting for the next journey :) 🐾
Best in class. Always a delight to travel with them as trips are very well planned and managed. The eco tourism experience offered is really unique and takes you closer to nature. Budget friendly with really good resorts, great food choices and amazing safaris. The team is very knowledgeable on various aspects of jungles and make sure that your experience is totally worth it.
- Pune-Koyna Nagar-Pune Transport in a private non-AC bus. - Accommodation at a jungle resort for 2 nights on sharing basis. - Safaris, Walking Trails, entry fees, vehicle charges, guide and driver charges. - All meals starting from dinner on Day 1, till evening snacks on Day 3. - Assistance of wildlife instructors & photography experts from Footloose Journeys. - Goods & Service Tax (GST) @ 5%.
- Personal expenses. - Mineral water & soft drinks. - Camera charges. - Anything else not present in list of inclusions.
Policy and Terms
Advance camp fees - Non-refundable More than 30 days prior to departure - 40% retention of total camp fees 15 to 30 days prior to departure - 65% retention of total camp fees 7 to 14 days prior to departure - 80% retention of total camp fees Less than 7 days prior to departure - 85% retention of total camp fees
Terms and Conditions
1. Footloose Journeys reserve the right to cancel / modify any camp having regard to force majeure situations including natural calamities, strikes, riots, political unrest etc. 2. Footloose Journeys shall endeavor to provide best possible alternative arrangements for transport & accommodation in case situations referred to in Point No. 1 above exist. 3. Any additional cost of such alternative arrangements for transport & accommodation is to be reimbursed / borne by campers. 4. Campers shall have no right to claim damages / losses arising from force majeure situations. 5. It is prime responsibility of Footloose Journeys to give its campers the best of experiences and enjoyment in a safe environment. However, Footloose Journeys shall not be responsible for any injury / disability / loss of life caused due to any accident during the camp. 6. Campers will have to make an advance payment of INR 3,000 to book their seat. The balance amount will have to be paid in full a minimum of 15 days prior to departure. 7. The above terms & conditions are enforceable in the court of law at Pune district, Maharashtra, India.
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