Overview

Exploring the wildlife of a sacred grove !!

About Wildlife Photomania Trip for ODKF :
This Wildlife Photography Trip will focus on searching and photographing the most beautiful Kingfisher of India the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher. This campsite at Chiplun (Konkan, Western Ghats) also shelters numerous exotic species of Birds like (Blue eared Kingfisher, Hornbills, Black birds, India Pitta, Crested Hawk Eagle, Spider hunters and Sunbirds), Reptiles like (Crocodiles, snakes, Lizards, Chameleon, geckos), Amphibians like (caecilians, frogs & toads) and insects like (Butterflies, moths, beetles, bugs and lots more) which can satisfy our photographic desires to its fullest !!

1 Night 2 Days Available on request Chiplun, Maharashtra
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

1. All veg homely cooked meals (i.e. 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch and 1 Dinner.
2. Accommodation on sharing basis in Konkani House with neat and clean washrooms (Mattress and Pull overs will be provided).
3. Guide and expertise charges

What is NOT included in the tour

1. Transportation from Mumbai to Chiplun & back.
2. Any Other Expense other than mentioned above.
3. Taxes as applicable.

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Start from Mumbai at 6 am and start our travel towards Chiplun. Reach our campsite Chiplun by 1 pm. Freshen up and enjoy homely delicious lunch. Post lunch photography session – Target species oriental dwarf kingfisher. Evening Tea and refreshment.

Post dinner we will have a small walk in search of Microfauna/herpatofauna, its an optional activity those who wants to rest can stay at the campsite.

Day 2 :
Early morning we will leave for a small bird trail in and around the site. Later we will have breakfast and sit for our next session of Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher Photography. Post lunch proceed back towards Mumbai / your respective destination.

Tour concludes with Happy Memories :)

*Notes :
1. If you want to travel from Mumbai, vehicle will be booked on basis of the group size and the costing will be shared amount all participants on at actual basis.
2. If you are driving your own car, you can provide car pool facility to other participants and share the cost amongst yourself.
3. Please note, this is NOT a luxury tour. All facilities are basic in terms of luxury and through out the tour our main focus remains on wildlife and photography./

CUSTOMIZE THIS TOUR :

If you wish to get this tour customized for yourself / your group on the dates apart from our batch dates, costing for customized tour will be Rs. 5000 per head for breakfast to breakfast package with accommodation and meals. Transport not included. Booking depends upon the availability of campsite and pre-booking is compulsory.

There are some recent amendments and updates regarding Wildlife Photomania Tour. Please note important points :
OVERNIGHT TRAVEL : Considering the request made by many travellers and photographers, we have decided to avoid risky overnight travel via NH17 and as per the new itinerary, we will be starting from Mumbai early in the morning and will reach Chiplun by lunch time.

There are some recent amendments and updates regarding Wildlife Photomania Tour. Please note important points :

OVERNIGHT TRAVEL : Considering the request made by many travellers and photographers, we have decided to avoid risky overnight travel via NH17 and as per the new itinerary, we will be starting from Mumbai early in the morning and will reach Chiplun by lunch time

  

TRANSPORTATION : Vehicle will be booked on behalf of participants and the cost will be shared among the participants travelling ex-Mumbai
Innova : Cost for AC Innova car for 2 days will be approximately Rs. 10,000 including toll, tax and driver allowances 

Tempo Traveller : Cost for AC Tempo Traveller car for 2 days will be approximately Rs. 18,000 including toll, tax and driver allowances
Local transfers from Chiplun station : Rs. 500/- auto one way to campsite OR Rs. 900/- Eco car one way to campsite

BATCH SIZE : Every batch will have maximum 12 participants + 1 representative from Mumbai Travellers

Things to carry

  • Id Proof Compulsory
  • Dry Food (snacks)
  • Torch (Must)
  • Dull Colored Clothes (Please don’t wear Bright colored Clothes, TRY TO GET AS CAMOUFLAGED AS POSSIBLE)
  • Water Bottle (2 Liters Compulsory)
  • Electral Powder / Energy bars / Dry Snacks (dry fruits. biscuits, plum cakes etc).
  • Good grip quality trekking shoes – Must (Please check soles of your shoes and get them stitched if necessary).
  • Personal Medication / First Aid kit
  • Toiletries (Napkin, facewash, tissue paper etc.).
  • Cap, goggles, sunscreen, moisturizer, mosquito repellent etc. (as per season)
  • Proper Backpack to carry all these things (No handbags, duffle bag or jholas)
  • Camera (Optional)
  • Rainwear (Jacket / Ponchos ) or Winter wear (Jackets, warmers or sweaters) – (as per season).

 FAQ

How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour?
– All wildlife safaris will have 6 pax in one gypsy (Unless otherwise mentioned particularly regarding 4 or 3 sharing)

Can I get a Safari on 4 sharing basis?
– Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.

What is the Child policy for Wildlife Safaris?
– A child above 05 years of age is considered as an adult for any safari permit all over India. Children below 05 years of age exempted from any safari costs and can travel free of charge.

Are Wildlife Safaris safe?
– Absolutely! Even if all the safaris are carried out in an open gypsy, there is hardly any danger from wildlife when travellers are siting inside the vehicle. Plus on every safari we would have a Forest guide with us along with the gypsy driver and our expert who will help out if any unwanted situation arises.

What are the safari timings?
– Safari timings change from season to season in different National Parks depending on the Sunrise and Sunset. Usually a safari lasts for 3-4 hours morning and evening.
Approximately the timings are:
Morning: 6.00 am – 10 am
Afternoon : 3.00 pm – 6 pm

What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
– A tourism zone in any National Park is divided into two zones: Core Zone and Buffer Zone. Buffer zone lies around the periphery of core forest area. Most of the tourism/safaris takes place in core zone.

What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
– The wildlife safari season starts from October-June. In Winter, from October to March one can have amazing birding opportunities with some migratory birds along with decent Tiger sightings and other mammals. March to May as the summer approaches one can have good tiger sightings along with other mammalian sightings and birding. So if you are a tiger centric wildlifer, we suggest you do a safari from March-May.

What are chances of Tiger Sightings during the safaris?
– Tiger sightings are dependent on tracking skills,knowledge of the forest along with luck & chance. Weather conditions also affect tiger sightings. But all our safari tours are well guided with experts and local guides who help track tigers along with other mammals and birds! This has resulted in extremely successful tiger sighting ratio for us compared to others. We also focus on overall biodiversity and hence we ensure that you take back some unique experiences with you if not tiger sightings!

Why does one has to book Wildlife Tours in advance?
– The safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual travel date and this is governed by forest department. Plus there are limited number of gypsies that are allowed to enter each gate during every safari session. Hence securing your safari booking before others grab it is very crucial and needs to be done at the earliest.

What kind of facilities will be available at the destination we are travelling to?
– Though we are taking you to wilderness places away from luxury, we have ensured that you will get at least all the required basic comforts during the tour. Our resorts in all the wildlife safaris tours are Deluxe Category; comfortable and homely. All resorts are equipped with all amenities like comfortable bedding, hot/cold water, western toiletries, A/C facilities, laundry on request, doctor on call, mineral water, generator backup etc. Along with this, Veg-Non veg meals will be available in buffet style. Jain food provision, Wifi connection and Television is also available at most of the places.

What are the camera charges for safaris?
– Some National parks forest permit charge extra camera fees to the travellers who are carrying high-end cameras with telephoto lenses or video cameras for photography and videography. Rules are different for different forests. Eg: In Tadoba : A camera with lens of 250 mm and above is charged Rs.200 per safari.

I am not a professional photographer or frequent wildlifer…can i still enroll for safari tour?
– Yes,why not?? Every nature lover is welcomed on a safari tour! We feel every traveller must do a wildlife safari at least once in his lifetime! Its an experience that every individual must take in especially when India has such a rich biodiversity and Tiger is our national animal.

What are photography opportunities for someone who is keen on wildlife photography and will he/she get guidance for the same?
– All our safari tours are balanced providing ample opportunities for wildlife photography. It not only focuses on tigers but also on other mammalian species, birds, reptiles along with capturing beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty. Our experts also help the participants with guidance and tips for wildlife photography.

What will the climate/weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
– The weather differs from region to region. Winters are usually cool with temperature ranging from 8-20 degrees while Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-45 degrees.

Do's 

  1. Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
  2. Always carry original identity proof.
  3. Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
  4. Always keep your phone on silent or airplane mode when entering forest.
  5. Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
  6. Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for camera and cover it to protect the camera from dust,rain etc.
  7. Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place. Remember patience is the only key.
  8. Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do co-operate with them.
  9. o follow strict timings as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
  10. Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during an safari.
  11. For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rain proof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.

Don'ts

  1. Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas.
  2. Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
  3. Do not yell, scream or wave at the animals.
  4. Do not wear brightly colored clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deodorants.
  5. Never feed any animals.
  6. Do not play any loud music in vicinity of the forest area.
  7. No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
  8. Do not argue with any person like forest guards, guides, locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.
Pickup point
Directions.
Chiplun, Maharashtra, India View on Map