Friday, July 25, 2014

Agumbe recap

It's been an year since I visited Agumbe along with like-minded, photo-enthusiastic friends, all credit to Yash bhai for making this happen, one of the destinations I had so longed to visit.

visit for...? what...?


the greens, the macro life, the vipers and others, endemic frogs, orchids, lichens, moss, spiders, etc, etc, etc...

We stayed at the Kalinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology - KCRE at Guddekere, near Agumbe run by herpetologist, researcher and a humble person Gowrishankar (he and his wife blog at

Agumbe, for information receives very heavy rainfall and is the wettest place around here and is very rich in bio-diversity and most importantly is the home for the king of kings, the King Cobra (or Kalinga Sarpa in Kannada) - Ophiophagus hannah.

The KCRE is a new setup, all managed by Prashanth (camp resident) and Gowri who is currently pursuing his PhD and is here during visitor days. Ashwini was the intern during our visit and is now doing her Phd from the Pondicherry University. Simple accommodation, simple food and the only chance to absorb some great learning about snakes from the snake man himself who has rescued hundreds of snakes and who has also worked with Romulus Whitaker.

I had a long standing wish of sighting the King (in the reptile world, King Cobra is often as King) and I didn't want to miss such an opportunity. For the two and a half days, we were there... we were always on the lookout for mainly snakes, frogs, toads and other interesting life forms, be it spiders or insects or even tiny flowers.

Let me share a few photos through a couple of posts...

(Cat Snake resting after a heavy meal, notice the bulged body)

(Bi-colored frog)

(a spider...)

(photo-pose, its only the outer shell that is left)

(Reddish burrowing Frog)

(greens, greens and greens everywhere...)

more to come... be tuned!

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Its been a while since I've been here and the blog is lacking any new content of late, blame my hectic work schedule for that.

I'll try and put in my efforts to keep posting new content here and in sorts of to make up for the current absence, let me leave you with some landscape images from the region of Ladakh/Kashmir that I recently had been to... more of that later, till then take care.

(a typical Ladakhi house at Rumste village...)

(view from Leh...)

(view from Taglang la - la means pass in Ladakhi)

(Pangong Tso - Tso means lake in Ladakhi)

(Sonamarg view...)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Interviewed at Adda

Following up the Best Travel blog award from Blog Adda at WIN, the folks at Adda were very eager to fire some questions at me and I was more than pleased to score off their questions in the best manner I could :)

What impressed me was their preparation before sending across the questions, they did a background study of each person and their blog and the questionnaire was targeted at the person basis his/her interests and not a general interview, the individual personalized gestures bowled me over. Thank you Adda!

You can find the link to the complete interview here and it would be great to have your feedback here and there :) Roger that!

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