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Location

Ganeshgudi

Duration

3D/2N

20,000 25,001

20,000₹ 25,001

Overview

2 nights 3 days of Bird Photography Expedition to Ganeshgudi, an abode to peace and tranquil, a home to innumerable bird species and wild animals of the Western Ghats. Also covers a morning visit to Timber Trail Depot on day 2.

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Entry fees

Images Review

Meals

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About The Tour

On the northern borders of Karnataka, not very far from Karvar, lies an abode to peace and tranquil, a home to innumerable bird species and wild animals of the Western Ghats. Tucked in the comfortable lap of the verdant green hills overlooking the Supa dam is Ganeshgudi – A land of the wild. The best season to visit Ganeshgudi is from October to the beginning of March and DCP is organizing a very exciting Ganeshgudi Birding camp this season.

The place is extremely popular among the bird photographers because of the ease of photographic opportunities that the camp site offers. A thick deciduous forest surrounds the camp and offers a plethora of colorful birds of the Western Ghats within the camp site itself. Species like Malabar Trogon, Flame-throated Bulbuls, Puff-throated and Dark-fronted Babblers, Malabar Whistling-thrush, Orange-headed Thrush, Indian Pitta, Small Sunbird, Black-naped Blue Monarch, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Malabar Grey Hornbill etc are not only commonly sited within the camp site itself, but also offer excellent photographic opportunities. Apart from birds, the Ganeshgudi camp is thickly populated by abundant lesser fauna including the flying lizard, the Malabar flying squirrel and the hump nose pit viper.

Some target species

Malabar Trogon, Sri LankanFrogmouth, Flame-throated and Yellow-browed Bulbuls, Orange Minivet, Puff-throated and Dark-fronted Babblers, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Indian Blackbird, Malabar Whistling-thrush, Orange-headed Thrush, Indian Pitta, Small Sunbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Black-naped Blue Monarch, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Hawk-owl, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Black Capped Kingfisher and Ospreys.

Quick Information

Route:

Ex Ganeshgudi

Start Point:

Londa

Duration:

2 nights 3 days

End Point:

Londa

Inclusions

  • Photography at Ganeshgudi and Timber Trail Depot
  • Pre event tour briefing and getting ready
  • Guidance on equipment needed 
  • Post processing session during the tour
  • One to one hand holding of participants 
  • Participants images review by our masterclass mentor
  • Post event 10 days WhatsApp support on images
  • Resort stay on twin sharing basis for 2 nights
  • Veg and non veg breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • All park charges, entry fees etc
  • Visit to the Timber Trail Depot

Experts

How To Reach

Ganeshgudi is 565 Kms from Mumbai (approximately 9 hours drive) and 475 Kms from Bengaluru (approximately 7 hours drive).

If you wish to travel by train, then you can travel via Rani Chennamma Express from Bengaluru or DR Hubbilli Express from Mumbai and get down at Londa station. We will arrange for your pickup from Londa station.

The nearest airport is Dabolim, Goa. It is a 3 hours drive to Ganeshgudi from Dabolim.

Getting Ready

Things to carry:

  • Telephoto lenses – preferably above 400 mm 
  • Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.
  • Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries
  • Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop
  • Carrying a Tripod is a must for all bird photography workshops
  • Carry a big towel / cloth to protect your gear from dust
  • Carry a big cloth / bandanna / scarf to protect you from the dust
  • Warm clothes, gloves for the chilly early mornings.
  • Sun screens are very important
  • It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you.
  • Please carry Odomos to keep you protected from mosquito bites.
  • Carry a pair of good binoculars

We now have an equipment support division. Equipment are available on rental - please mail us at rentals@dcpexpeditions.com.

Itinerary

We will travel overnight by train. We expect to reach Ganeshgudi early in the morning and check in at the resort. You can take some rest and then join us for the breakfast. If you are tired, you can still take some rest for a few more hours while the enthusiast can look around the resort for the exciting bird life. Lunch is arranged between 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The shade below the huge fig tree is a lovely place to idle time at Old Magazine house. One can sit here for hours sipping coffee and enjoying the colored feathered beauties. Enjoy birding with a cup of hot coffee. As the darkness sets in, the group discussion, fun and jokes over an enjoyable camp fire keeps the evening alive. Join the group for a delicious dinner on the terrace.

Wake up early in the morning listening to the call of the Malabar Pied hornbill calling from within the campus or may be the elusive Malabar Trogon pair calling from the canopy behind the resort. We will be going to the Timber Trail Depot today for bird photography. Come back to the resort and join the breakfast. Keep your camera always with you when you are in Ganeshgudi. There are high chances that you may get unbelievably close pictures of Golden fronted leaf birds, purple sun birds or Purple rumped sunbirds at your eye level while enjoying your breakfast. After breakfast, we will walk down the trail looking for the vernal hanging parrots, Malabar Trogons, Flame-throated Bulbuls, Orange Minivets and Heart-spotted Woodpeckers. Come back to the camp site for lunch, take some rest and get ready for the evening birding. 

The night within the campus is thrilling. Spend the evening chatting over the bon fire and the join the dinner. Malabar flying squirrel regularly visits the fig tree and if you are lucky, you may witness the magnificent glide of this amazing creature in the darkness of the forest canopy.

Wake up early in the morning and do bird photography in and around the resort. We depart after breakfast.


Field Learnings

On field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skillsets. Our expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following

  1. How to approach Wildlife in the field
  2. Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
  3. Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
  4. Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
  5. Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
  6. How to get sharp images of moving subjects
  7. Framing and composition in the field
  8. Ethics in Wildlife Photography

Masterclass inclusions 

  1. Pre event tour briefing and getting ready
  2. Guidance on equipment needed 
  3. Post processing session during the tour
  4. One to one hand holding of participants
  5. Participants images review by mentor
  6. Post event 10 days WhatsApp support on images

Package Cost

Rs 20,000 per head inclusive of all taxes
*To know charges for foreign nationals please write to info@dcpexpeditions.com

Cost includes

  1. Pre event tour briefing and getting ready
  2. Guidance on equipment needed 
  3. Post processing session during the tour
  4. One to one hand holding of participants
  5. Participants images review by mentor
  6. Post event 10 days WhatsApp support on images
  7. Resort stay on twin sharing basis for 2 nights
  8. Veg and non veg breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  9. All park charges, entry fees etc
  10. Visit to the Timber Trail Depot
  11. DCP photography expert throughout

Cost does not include:

  1. Travel from Mumbai – Ganeshgudi  - Mumbai
  2. Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc.
  3. Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
  4. Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary
  5. Taxes

Map

Old Magazine House, Ganeshgudi, Karnataka


Policies

Cancellation policy

  1. All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% credit
  2. All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% credit
  3. All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No credit possible

FAQ's

Yes. Single accommodation supplement is Rs 6300, subject to availability.

Yes. Non photographers can join. However, package price is same for all.



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