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Price: £2195/€2495/$2745 per person

Date: 13th to 24th July 2024

Your Local Guides: Kai Kolodziej, Yatin Kalki, VIkas Kumar

Macro and Nature Photography Workshop with Kai Kolodziej

Looking for Iconic Reptiles and Amphibians of the Western Ghats of India

Learn about the Human-Snake conflict

Experience the daily life of Snake Rescuers

Excellent photography opportunities

Pre and Post Tour Online Meeting with Kai (general Photography & Post Editing)

Day 1: Arrive at Bangalore

Today is an arrival day and a day for leisure. Meet the other participants and the guides in the evening and get ready for this macro photo tour.

Overnight in Bangalore.

Meals included: None

Macro photo of a viper in India

Day 2: Herping on the outskirts of Bangalore – Deccan Plateau – Tropical deciduous forest

Enjoy a macro & nature photography session during the day (indoors),  and learn about the compositions and different technics from Kai.
We start our macro photo tour in the evening when we will head to a forested hill on the outskirts of Bangalore to photograph Bamboo pitvipers, Chameleons, Vine snakes, Geckos, Frogs and other wildlife. We will return to our accommodation in Bangalore at night.

Overnight in Bangalore.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

bamboo pitviper in Bangalore

Day 3 – 4: Discover Tumkur

Leave the bustling city of Bangalore behind and travel to Tumkur (2h drive).
We will spend the next two days in the region. We will explore the Tropical dry deciduous forest; where we join snake rescuers from the NGO WARCO (Wildlife Awareness and Reptile Conservation Organisation) to attend rescue calls for snakes and other wildlife trapped in houses, factories and farms.
This will give us a chance to see how rescues are done in a safe manner, learn about the human-wildlife conflict and to have the chance to photograph shy species.
At night, we will search for wildlife in the forests and fields around Devarayanadurga, a large protected area with good wildlife populations. Wildlife we are likely to encounter are Spectacled cobras, Indian ratsnakes, Russell’s vipers, Sawscaled vipers, Kraits, Catsnakes, and other animals.

Overnight at Tumkur.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Russel Viper from India

Day 5 – 6: Travel to Coorg, Welcome to the Western Ghats!

A long (6h) drive is waiting for us today while we head South to a biodiversity hotspot, Coorg.
We will spend our next 2 nights here. At this spot, the highlights are mainly amphibians. The forests have a great endemic frog diversity and an increased probability of finding a rare coral snake species will make this part of the trip unforgettable. Some of the charismatic frogs here are the Malabar torrent toad, Dancing frogs, Bush frogs and Night frogs.

Overnight in Coorg.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Malbar Toad from the Western Ghats

Day 7 -10: Herping at Wayanad

We spend the next 4 nights at the Wayanad Wild. The hotel is located in a primary rainforest and boasts luxury accommodations and outstanding food. It will be an excellent place to look for unique animals and exercise nature photography.
There are trails throughout the property where we can find wildlife. Some of the wildlife we are likely to encounter are Malabar pitvipers, Humpnosed pitivipers, Vine snakes, Coral snakes, Pythons, and a variety of frogs and lizards.

Overnight in Wayanad.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Humpnosed viper from the Western Ghats

Day 11: Travel back to Bangalore, or Safari Extension

Today we leave the rainforest and travel back to the busy city of Bangalore. There is an option to extend your stay and enjoy two nights in Kabini with wildlife safaris looking for tigers, wild dogs, elephants etc.

Overnight in Bangalore

Meals included: Breakfast

Green keelback from the Western Ghats

Day 12: Departure Day

After breakfast you are free to either explore the city of Bangalore or depart.

Meals included: Breakfast

Wolf Snake from the Western Ghats

Safari Add-on: Kabini

We offer the option for a 2-night safari add-on in Kabini. Look for India’s megafauna (2 safaris/day); Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, Asiatic wild dogs, Sloth bears, Indian elephants, and a variety of deer species are possible finds here.
Other than these animals, Kabini is also rich in bird life. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded. Raptors such as Crested Hawk Eagles (Nisaetus cirrhatus), Crested Serpent Eagles (Spilornis cheela), Little Banded Goshawks (Accipiter badius), Black Eagles (Ictinaetus malaiensis) are seen in Kabini. Vultures, Hornbills, Parakeets,Flycatchers, Owls, Woodpeckers and Kingfishers can be found.

Overnight at the Jungle Lodges Resort.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

A Langur in Kabini National Park


Featherlite Evoma Hotel


Jenugundu Jungle Trail


Honey Valley Estate


Wayanad Wild – CGH Earth

Prices & Inclusions

Date: 13th to 24th July 2024

Holiday Price:


min. 5 participants

Single Supplement £475/person


  • Accommodation in simple hotels for 10 nights on a twin share basis
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Local Herpetologist experts throughout the holiday
  • Professional Nature Photographer-Guide: Kai Kolodziej
  • Guided daily walks as per the itinerary
  • Full financial protection by Protected Trust Services



  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • India Visa Fee
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance

Your Expedition Guide

Kai Kolodziej

Kai is an Austrian multi-award-winning Nature and Macro Photographer. In addition to his interest in nature, which started at a young age, he studied biology and works as a biology teacher in Austria.

His photography started by documenting the findings on various excursion in Austria, or tropical places and deserts. From the starting point it soon developed into more and soon he managed to capture nature in a aesthetically and artistically pleasing way. His photographic works are regularly featured in national and international nature photography competitions and articles.

Since 2019 Kai is a member of the Austrian Society for Nature Photography and a member of the German Society for Nature Photography, in addition to that he is a part of the advisory board of the Austrian Herpetological Society.For more information take a look at his homepage.

Kai Kolodziej Nature Photographer

The Gallery – Kai’s Portfolio

Next Holiday

India occupies the most significant part of South Asia. It is the second-most populous country in the World and is a perfect melting pot of cultures, religions and over 100 languages.


The country is home to some natural wonders, the Himalayas on the North, the Western Ghats on the Southwest, the deserts of Rajasthan and the mighty Indus and Ganges Rivers. There are 101 National Parks in India. Most of them are home to some incredible flora and fauna like the Bengal Tiger, the Snow Leopard, the Asiatic Lion, the Indian Leopard, the Indian Elephant and the One-horned Rhino.

India holds the World’s biggest Bengal Tiger population with around 3,000 individuals. It also the best place to observe these big cats in the wild.

There are nearly 40 UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. Discover the crowded streets of Old Delhi, the majestic Taj Mahal, the colourful streets of Jaipur or the archaeological site of Hampi.

The country offers a bit of everything so that every traveller can find their point of interest, whether it is mammals, birds, culture or the mix of all of these.

Get to know the cultural heritage of India and discover its unique wildlife!

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