Do you have a passion for wildlife but have no idea how to turn your passion into a rewarding reality?
Maybe your just starting out or maybe your looking for a career change or a more fulfilling & rewarding existence?
Whatever it is, you don’t want to miss this trip to Southern India. Wherever you are in your life, if you have a nagging feeling that simply won’t go away, a burning desire to realise your dream or even simply clarify it, then join us on a wildlife adventure like no other!
This is unlike any other “tour” you will ever go on. Its much more than that, you will learn from National Geographic’s first Indian Adventurer how he overcame obstacles in his life and turned his passion for wildlife and conservation into a rewarding career and a dream come true. This may well prove to be the best thing you ever do.
"UK-based Greig Smith Travels specialises in ecotourism and wildlife holidays. Naturepixel has been on three expeditions organised by Greig Smith Travels and each of them has been outstanding" Daniel Holloway - Australia
Day 1 - Arrive in Bangalore and transfer to TGMP’s Centre for Conservation and Education at Rathnapuri, Hunsur. Accommodation is in wooden cabins, raised on stilts. e have one ten-bed cabin and four four-bed cabins. Bathrooms and toilets are in a separate block next to the cabins and have hot and cold running water with western style loos. Settle in, look around the lake and campus for herps in the evening. Set up camera traps around campus.
Day 2 - Hands on with local species that we find. Some inputs on handling venomous snakes. Session on snakebite first aid and treatment as well as the snakebite issue in India. Check and reset camera traps.
Afternoon safari. Evening walk about looking for local wildlife and herps.
Day 3 - Leave at 7:30 AM to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary (about an hour away). 45 minute boat ride, through the sanctuary- migratory birds and Indian freshwater crocodiles. Late breakfast at Mysore. Return to campus. Spend time out on the lake, bird watching, angling, kayaking, etc. (Dependent on water levels).
Night walk to look for chameleons, various snakes and other small wildlife.
Day 4 - Head to Kabini early in the morning to look for otter signs and set up camera traps. There’s a good chance we’ll even see the otters, but, we can’t be assured of that. Spend the morning looking around the reservoir- great birding place and loads of interesting spoor. We might see the odd snake or two as well. Indian breakfast at HD Kote on the way back. At campus, more hands on with herps and the chance to take photographs of various animals found around the campus.
Day 5 - Early departure to Agumbe. (6 hour drive). Breakfast at Hassan. Arrive at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. Settle in to tents/ dormitory. Bathrooms are a separate block with running water. Head out on the stream, looking for various wildlife. It will be wet! Night walk to look for slender loris, flying squirrel, pit vipers and other wildlife. If there is a king cobra rescue call while we’re there, we’ll head over with staff from the field station.
Day 6 - Herping, visiting various locations around the field station. Look for flying lizards.
Day 7 - Transfer to Mangalore. Accommodation in hotel by beach. Relax & Enjoy the last night of the trip.
Day 8 - Transfer to airport for flight home.
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at all locations except last night in Mangalore where hotel is on B&B basis, all transfers, all activities as per itinerary. Expert Naturalist Guide - Gerry Martin
Subject to change & availability.