Biogeography India

Field Trips

Around Bengaluru

There are several locations around Bengaluru(Bangalore) that host a wealth of wildlife and natural spaces. The Western Ghats are a few hours away, with some of the best habitats for tigers, elephants, birds and various other fauna in this part of India. We are organizing three short field trips. In addition to these, we also have the options for participants to stay for longer periods at some locations.


Pre-Conference Trip

Picture Sakeeb Sabakka

We are planning a pre-conference tour on 25 Sep to Makalidurga with SCCS Bengaluru participants. The details of the location will be posted soon.

We are collaborating with SCCS Bengaluru for this joint trip. You can join budding conservationists from this part of the world to explore the diversity in this landscape.

Date: 25 September

Start from IISc campus: 0500 hrs

Return about 1400 hrs. Breakfast at local restaurant, at cost,

Travel costs: based on actuals to be shared ~ INR 500 per head.

Sign-up details will be posted soon


Day Trips

Nandi hills - Birding + Geology

This trip will be a half day excursion to a site 30km away. Nandini Hill is a large rock that hosts some remnant wet forests on the mountain-top. 

Birds: Birding from the foothills to the top will allow you to see birds from the dry habitats to the wet forests above. Interesting possibilities include the large Nilgiris Wood Pigeon, a Western Ghat mountain-top endemic that has a disjunct, isolated population here.

Geology:  We are exploring adding a geologist to the team so different aspects of natural history can be experienced in one trip

Date: 29 September

Start from IISc campus: 0500 hrs

Return about 1400 hrs. Breakfast at local restaurant, at cost,

Travel Cost, based on actuals to be shared ~ INR 500 per head.

Resource Person: Viral Joshi, Senan De'Souza

Picture: Rishi Kumar

Picture: Rishi Kumar

Lake Walk

Bengaluru has a number of lakes, many of which were previously used for irrigation and various other purposes. A large number of these lakes have now been lost.

This walk will take you around an active urban lake and another that have been "lost". This will allow you to examine social, biodiversity aspects of urban change.

Date: 29 September

Start from IISc campus: 0600 hrs

Return about 1400 hrs. Breakfast at local restaurant, at cost,

Travel Cost, based on actuals to be shared ~ INR 300 per head.

Resource Person: Hita Unnikrishnan

lal bagh & tree walk

Lal Bagh is an urban garden that is prominent for the various floral and diversity elements. 

We will have a curated walk to understand this diversity.

Date: 29 September

Start from IISc campus: 0600 hrs

Return about 1100 hrs. Breakfast at local restaurant, at cost,

Travel Cost, based on actuals to be shared ~ INR 300 per head.

Resource Person: S. Karthikeyan 


On Campus, Short Activities

Although the Bengaluru city is highly urbanized, there are pockets of green spaces that remain. The Indian Institute of Science Campus is one of the key green lung spaces in the city with much biodiversity. We have put together a few options to explore this diversity early mornings and late evenings.

Picture: NS Chiranjeevi

Picture: NS Chiranjeevi

Campus birding

Meet up at the Prakruti Cafe at 6am for a one hour birding walk.

26 Sep, 27 Sep and 28 Sep

See prospective birds on the e-bird list 

Resource people - CK Vishnudas, Viral Joshi

Cost: Nil. Sign up at venue.

Picture: Angad Achappa, USLP

Picture: Angad Achappa, USLP

Loris walk

This walk is run by the Urban Slender Loris Project - a citizen science initiative to gather data on these elusive primates. These primates live right within the IISc campus.

26 Sep, 28 Sep. Meet at 8pm at ..

Resource people - Urban Slender Loris Project

Cost: Nil. Sign up at venue

Picture: Harsha Kumar

Picture: Harsha Kumar

herp walk

Walk along the campus to detect nocturnal heres with flashlights.

26 Sep, 28 Sep. Meet at 8pm at ..

Resource people - Varad Giri

Cost: Nil. Sign up at venue


Picture of Forest Hills Resort from their website

Picture of Forest Hills Resort from their website

Post-Conference, Long Field Trip

Mudumalai and Bandipur Tiger Reserves

The two neighboring reserves offer great opportunities for wildlife and bird watching. 

See descriptions of the sites at 

The below tour is curated and managed by wayfarer.in 

Accommodation is at FOREST HILLS RESORT http://foresthillsindia.com 

 

 

DETAILS

3Day / 2Night Package
Day 1 - 29 Sep 2017
Early morning departure from IISc. Breakfast enroute at cost (pay at restaurant)
12:00 – Check-in    
01:30 – 02:30 Lunch
Post Lunch:    
Safari with Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Camper Jeep – Capacity 10 PAX
Following that visit to Elephant Camp in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
07:30 Bonfire in the Resort
08:30 – 10:00 Dinner

Day 2 - 30 Sep 2017
07:00 – 08:00 – Bird Hide and Nature walk with a Guide.    
Followed by Breakfast
Relax
01:30 pm – Lunch
Post Lunch
JLR Safari  in Bandipur National Park
07:30 pm Bon Fire in the Resort
08:30 – 10:00 Dinner

Day 3 - 1 Oct 2017
06:00 Bird Watching Trip with a Guide.     
Breakfast
Post breakfast depart for Bangalore

Package Rates (rooms may vary depending on availability):
Per head Indian ~ INR 11,500
Per head Foreigner ~ INR 12,500

Includes
- Pickup from IISc to resort and back to IISc
- 02 Breakfast, 02 Lunch, 02 Dinner along with Morning and Evening Tea
- Safaris, drives and walks mentioned in itinerary
- Guides fees on tours mentioned in itinerary

Excludes
- Extra meals, services availed
- Camera fees at parks
- Laundry, tips etc
- Anything not mentioned in includes