Class XII Visits Agumbe , Karnataka

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We spent our sixteen hour journey to Agumbe on an eighteen year old bus, playing endless rounds of “Connect” and enjoying midnight musical chairs, all the time wondering whether we would ever reach our destination before the New Year.

Upon arrival, a ‘Malabar pit viper’ was spotted, but little did we know then that it would hibernate there until we departed or it may have settled even longer. The wildlife in the evergreen forest mainly consisted of small creatures such as reptiles and insects. They blended so well with the surroundings that our un-tuned and untrained eyes could not spot them with ease. Being a ‘King Cobra’ sanctuary, we had various discussions with Mr.Gowri Shankar, a renowned herpetologist, who had dedicated nearly fifteen years to study this particular species. The midnight trek was my personal favourite. With stars as our only source of direction and light, we tried to spot those nocturnal creatures along our hike. Furthermore, the authentic Karnataka cuisine and freezing temperatures gave us an insight into the life of the locals there. Our trip was a definite break from our constant attempts at studying and the scorching heat in the foothills.

-Harshada and Jaya , Class XII



When the news about camping in the Karnataka forest spread like wild fire in my class, it was like a boon in the middle of my intense exams. Being a frequent camper and possible herpetologist, the trip really opened new doors for me. I thought the bus ride really wasn’t worth the journey given the condition of the bus, but that changed when I met the Nomad who escorted us. Our ‘trip’ effectively began with a trek to a stream, which we repeated thrice on different occasions with different intentions. The talks and discussions were really fun and the session that I cherished the most was the one where our superstitions were put on the table for discussion. I was told that I was always welcome there, and that the chance of interning in that facility amongst those well reputed herpetologists was what made my trip worthwhile for me.

-Sundareswaran, Class XII