Valparai Wildlife and Photography Tour

10th Oct 2019 5:30 am - 13th Oct 2019 8:00 am 37500 / onwards 1379 people viewed this event


This monsoon,The Outback Experience presents a one of a kind expedition into the rainforests of the Anaimalais. The Anaimalais hills is easily the richest habitat and bio-diversity in the Western Ghats, and we invite a maximum of 3 participants to join us and experience this rainforest wonderland first-hand.

Amongst its amazing attractions, the unique and endangered lion-tailed macaque, will be on the top of our list and the Anaimalais is easily the best place on Earth to observe and photograph these amazing creatures. The highly-endangered Nilgiri tahr is another flagship specie that we will be looking out for as we ascend the hills and the other amazing wildlife that we are likely to come across are Malabar giant squirrels, flying squirrels, brown palm civets, a good chance to see a leopard lurking amongst the tea, elephants and gaur grazing peacefully and the list of cold-blooded animals, which includes the beautiful Anaimalai gliding frog, Jayram’s bush frog and the large-scaled pit viper.

The Anaimalais is also a fabulous destination to go birding. Some of the key species to see and photograph include, the great Indian hornbill, white-bellied treepie, Indian scimitar babbler, Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling thrush, Wynaad laughingthrush, rufous babbler, grey-headed bulbul and the list goes on and on.
Integral to the programme will be hands-on learning on nature conservation, photography, wildlife tracking, outdoor survival skills, not to forget, a whole lot of fun!
Serving as base camps for the exploration of all this glory will be, The Sheikalmudi Bungalow in Valparai. This amazing and quaint British bungalow situated in the middle of a tea estate and close to fantastic shola forest is the perfect balance between homely comfort and the spirit of adventure.

With an array of activities including rainforest exploration, animal tracking, birdwatching, and photography learning, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. The specific of the camp include

  • Only 3 participants to maximise individual attention and increase productivity of images
  • Comprehensive understanding of photography and wildlife
  • Special emphasis on macro photography
  • Superb wildlife sightings including many endemic mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles
  • Three nights and four days in one of India’s richest wildlife habitats – The Western Ghats
  • A very luxurious stay and delicious meals at a private estate
  • A fun-filled great holiday
  • A thorough experience of the Anaimalais
  • Expert individual guidance from wildlife photographer, Phillip Ross


DATES: 10th to 13th October 2019
DAY 1:
At 5:30 a.m, we depart from the city of Bangalore, on our much awaited tour of the Anaimalais.  After passing through the towns of Salem, Coimbatore and Pollachi we  soon find ourselves ascending the hills. The view gets more stunning by the second, and there are several opportunities en route to stop and capture some amazing vistas. Chances of sighting and photographing the endangered Nilgiri tahr, too, are very high.
Following an invigorating ride, we arrive at the quaint ‘Puduthotham bungalow’ situated in the middle of a coffee and tea estate and close to a fantastic shola forest. We check-in and while enjoying a scrumptious lunch, tour leader Phillip will introduce everyone to the Anaimalais with a brief on the wildlife found in the area, the afternoon’s plan and also a presentation on the ideal settings for their cameras.
Later that evening, we proceed to a private forest patch that is home to two troops of lion-tailed macaques. We keep our eyes peeled and hope that the macaques reveal themselves without much difficulty. This area is also known for its amazing birdlife too and gives us a good chance to spot the great Indian hornbill.
After an exhilarating experience with the macaques, we return to the bungalow and set up and deploy a camera trap in order for us to capture some of the Anaimalais nocturnal wonders.
We then prepare to set out for the much awaited late evening walk where Phillip will lead all participants to a brook and begin exploring for various macro subjects. We have a great chance to come across various bush frogs, gliding frogs,lizards, spiders, caecilians, beetles, centipedes and an array of insect life. With regards to mammals, we hope to come across some rare nocturnal inhabitants of the rainforest like porcupines, brown palm civets and Indian flying squirrels.
We end the night with a delicious dinner.

DAY 2:
We wake early and return to the lion-tailed macaque forest patch for another rendezvous. We spend most of the morning observing and photographing these magnificent animals along with some fascinating birding.
After breakfast, we proceed to the gorgeous Sholayar Dam. Here each participant can get a panoramic view of the Anaimalais and take home some breathtaking landscape images, before checking into the amazing Sheikalmudi Bungalow, a beautifully restored British bungalow.
After some much needed rest, we embark on an amazing drive through the Vazhachal forest reserve to spend the rest of the evening tracking and photographing mammals and winged beauties along the way, with the hope of coming across a leopard and a troop or two of Nilgiri langurs.
We return to the property for some refreshing beverages and snacks before returning to explore the nearby forest patch for some amazing frogs, and then return to the bungalow for dinner and retire for the night.

DAY 3:
We awake to the sweet call of ‘the whistling schoolboy’ the Malabar whistling thrush and after a quick breakfast, we embark on a walk around the property and do some birding. The Anaimalais are one of the best places in the Western Ghats for birding and the area has over 250 species of avian wonders, most of which are endemic to the region. We end the walk at a beautiful waterfall at the edge of the property and participants will be taught how to use filters and learn to take slow-shutter images and capture the ‘milky effect’ of a waterfall.
After lunch, we depart to a patch of evergreen shola forest known for its rich birdlife. We concentrate on looking for the great Indian hornbill and hope to see and photograph hornbills flying over the canopy of rainforest.
It is likely to be dark by the time we return, which is a great time for frog encounters and hope to come across some more cool endemic species.
We end the night with a celebratory dinner.

DAY 4:
After an early rise, we bid adieu to the Sheikalmudi Bungalow and descend the hills looking for wildlife as the morning-light fills the surrounding hills and valleys.
We halt for breakfast and lunch stops along the way before driving back to Bangalore, where we are sure, you will be waiting to tell your friends and family some fascinating tales.

Pricing including GST-
Individuals  - INR 37,500
Pals ( For two ) - INR 73,000

  • Road transfers from Bangalore, to the destinations and return in a well equipped SUV
  • Twin-accommodation in comfortable deluxe rooms
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
  • Expedition fees
  • Camera fees

  • Any extra meals and beverages ordered
  • Anything that is not expressly mentioned in the inclusions 

Have questions about this camp? We hope you'll find your answers here.

Who is this tour for?
Anybody above the age of 18 with a passion to learn and master photography. There are no other eligibility criteria.

How many participants can be expected to attend?
A maximum of 3 adults are expected. USP is to provide as much individual attention and quality time to each participant as possible and thus the workshop strength has been kept low. 

Where are we staying and what sort of accommodation and food can we expect?
The Puduthotham Annexe bungalow and the gorgeous Sheikalmudi Bungalow. The food served is a buffet spread of local, Indian and continental delicacies.

What are the requisites for the tour?
Bringing your own camera is strongly recommended. This camera should ideally be a Digital SLR (DSLR) or Mirrorless Camera with a telephoto, macro and wide angle lens to make the most out of the photography tour. In case you do not have the recommended equipment, we will help you hire.


  • Camping
  • Adventure
  • Wildlife
  • TamilNadu
  • Valparai
  • Photography
  • NaturePhotography

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Payment Terms
100% payment in advance for confirmation of booking.

Cancellation Fees
  • 10% outside 30 days before the camp
  • 25% between 29 and 22 days before the camp
  • 50% between 21 and 15 days before the camp
  • 75% between 14 and 8 days before the camp
  • 100% within 7 days before the camp



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