Sep 292014
Anti Poaching Camp - Patrolling Bandipur National Park

A Night In Anti Poaching Camp Bandipur National Park Acres of  marigold fields glowing in the evening sun waved at us from the other side of a  solar fence that  separated the jungle from the fields, as we drove towards the anti poaching camp in Bandipur National Park. When I did my first phase of Eco Volunteer training with Karnataka Forest department and  Jungle Lodges and Resorts, I wrote about the short visit we made to the Anti Poaching camp in the jungle where tourists are not allowed. As part of the training in second phase we stayed overnight at [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Apr 252014
Certified Eco Volunteer Training: May  2014 Batch

May 2014 Eco Volunteer Training By Karnataka Forest Department and EcoTourism Development Board So the next batch of  Certified Eco Volunteer training has been announced,  this time it is in Kudremukh The dates are: Batch I: 18th  to 24 May 2014 Batch II: 25th  to 31st May Location: Bhagavathi Nature Camp, Kudremukh Cost: Rs 5500, triple sharing all-inclusive, or Rs 3300, all-inclusive in a dormitory accommodation. More details in this picture:   Check this link to register for the same. It would be a good idea to read my earlier posts about the same to understand what to expect: 2nd Batch Eco Volunteer [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 092014
Eco Volunteer Training at Kulgi Nature Camp

Next Batch of Eco Volunteer Training by Karnataka Forest Department   Update: The next batch is in May 2015 and is at Bhadra Tiger Reserve, you can read details here: Eco Volunteer Training Programme May 2015 batch After I attended the first batch of Eco Volunteer Training at Bandipur, I wrote about the same at length on desi Traveler. Regularly I receive emails from readers about the next batch. So here are the details for the next batches  happening in February and March of 2014. There are 2 batches commencing one on 23rd Feb 2014 and another on 2nd [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Aug 262013
Using Tiger Camera Traps for Tiger Census

How Many Tigers Are There in India ?  If you ask this question to 2316 people you will get 2316 different answers. The NGOs will try to give the smallest possible number and the forest officials will try to give the largest possible number as both have their own reasons directly related to funding, promotion, media miles etc. But the reasons are not difficult to find as to why we do not have the exact number. See a tiger in a jungle has no interest to be counted. Given a choice it will not come to face the cameras [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 292013
First day of Eco Volunteer Training with Karnataka Forest Department

Eco Volunteer Training-First day at Jungle Lodges Bandipur We got down at the first gate of Bandipur Tiger reserve by the KSRTC bus going to Ooty from Mysore.  Our Training venue was Jungle Lodges and Resort, campus on the main Mysore-Ooty highway, just an about 500 meter before the first gate of Bandipur Tiger reserve.  My contact with JLR, Mr. Poovappa was kind enough to send a safari jeep to pick us up from the gate of Bandipur Tiger Reserve. Once we reached the resort we were given room to freshen up, and I was very happy to note the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 262013
Eco Volunteer Training - Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Eco Volunteer Training Course- Karnataka Eco Tourism Development Board This will be a mother of all travel series on desi Traveler blog. I am still not sure how many posts will be there but fasten your seat belts as I take you with me to the Eco Volunteer Training Course by Karnataka Eco Tourism Development Board. This series has 3 main stars that I am a fan of namely 1. Travel 2. Wildlife in India 3.  Volunteer Travel So I think it will be one long series, ( kya karoon, Controll hee nahi hota!) But we will chop the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]