The Agumbe rainforests of the Western Ghats is a precious gift of life to South India. A biodiversity hot spot, it holds within its folds a world of new science yet to be explored. As Tiger is for mainland the flagship of the reptilian world in these forests is undoubtedly the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), colloquially known as Kalinga. Agumbe lies in the West coastal region of South India, approximately 300 km west-northwest of Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka in South India. It is approximately 55 km from the Arabian Sea and the coast of India at Udupi which hosts the nearest railway station. The elevation of Agumbe is 643m. As part of the Western Ghats mountain range, Agumbe lies in an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agumbe rainforest gives you golden opportunity to click endemic species of western ghats
Gowri Shankar, who started handling reptiles at the age of thirteen and never looked back since. Apart from studying and conserving King Cobras at Agumbe, he has also worked for several wildlife documentaries behind screen, and featured along side Rom in two wildlife documentaries, ‘The King and I’, ‘Secrets of the King Cobra’, ‘Asia’s Deadliest Snake’, ‘One Million Snake Bites’ and ‘Wildest India’ by BBC, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Discovery channel respectively. Gowri, along with his wife Sharmila have started an environmental education camp site, Kālinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology at Agumbe, where their focus is to open doors of opportunity to people from varied backgrounds to learn scientific tools of conservation through workshops and camps.
This workshop is for beginner & intermediate photographers wherein they can learn
● Basic Camera Controls.
● Art of composing the Picture
● Art of Story telling through pictures.
● Rain-forest Landscape survey & study of endangered species of Agumbe.
● Introduction to amphibians & reptiles of Agumbe.
● Field trip for hands on camera training
● Night trails hike for nocturnal amphibians & reptiles.
● Introduction to landscape photography
● Post photo processing & editing tool tutorials (Photoshop& Light-room tricks to enhance photos)