Valparai is a mid-elevation hill station. The tea plantations are surrounded by evergreen forest. The region is also a rich elephant tract and is known to have many leopards. The drive to the town through the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary is noted for elephants, boars, lion-tailed macaques, gaur, spotted deer, sambar, and giant squirrels. The area is also rich in birds, including the great hornbill. The Valparai range is also habitat to the Nilgiri tahr, an endemic wild ungulate.
Is this for you?
Anyone with an interest in wildlife or photography can join us. Talk to us if you would like to know if this tour is for you.
What will you take away?
During the tour, the participants will get to learn about the fauna and flora of the western ghats. A lot of opportunities to make memorable macro frames and learn the art of wildlife photography.
Day 1: 14th April, Drive from Coimbatore, arrival at Valparai and getting ready
After a beautiful drive from Coimbatore, we reach our place of stay by lunch time. We check into our rooms, relax for a while and treat ourselves with authentic local cuisine lunch. Post lunch, we gather together for a tour briefing and getting to know each other.
Our first drive towards the Lion-tailed Macaques begins and we hope to find some families who could possibly give us some memorable frames. The area is rich in bird life and we will spend the time with the birds and Lion-tailed macaques.
We come back to our rooms by evening, refresh ourselves with a cup of tea/ coffee and start reviewing the images taken during the day. Rest of the evening goes in some nice discussions and listening to a presentation about wildlife photography by the tour mentors.
Day 2: 15th April, Full day birding/ wildlife photography
We wake up early to set out on a drive into the beautiful evergreen forest. To begin the day, we would try to capture some nice landscapes just when the golden light appears. We will be coming across a variety of subjects all day long and the mentor will be there available showing the beauties of western ghats and also helping the participants to shoot them better. Breakfast, lunch and other breaks will be taken care at the appropriate timings in between the full day shoot. Lion-tailed Macque, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr, Indian Gaur and possibly some Elephants. We hope to catch the glimpse of Great Horn Bills during the course of the day.
Evening we all meet to see the work of everyone that was captured during the day. Feedback and review session with the tour mentor.
Post dinner, for those who would like to explore some macro life around the property could set out on a short night trail.
Day 3: 16th April, Morning trail and journey back to Bangalore
One more round of morning drive into the forest patch, make some more memorable frames and then come back to relax. Post breakfast, mentor gives tips on post processing and an image review session will go on. After an hour break, we check out and set out on our journey back to Coimbatore.
Poorna Kedar, nature lover and a semi-professional wildlife photographer.
Though he is a full-time User experience designer, photography is something that is very close to his heart. He spent about a decade in various genres of photography, spending the recent few years in nature & wildlife alone. His favorite subject being birds, he loves shooting anything from mammals, macro, and landscape.
The tour starts on Friday, 14th April, 2017 and ends on Sunday, 16th April 2017.
Cost per participant is 9000/-
For existing Pixellin customers:
Have you been a Pixellin customer? Travelled with us on our previous tours? If yes,
Special Price : 8500/-
For Walk-in participants:
Anyone who is not registered for the event and directly appear at the venue,
Cost: 10500/- (subject to availability. We encourage you to call up and check the availability before coming)
All prices mentioned above are ex-Valparai
Accomodation (Twin sharing)
Tea/ snacks provided at the appropriate breaks
Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
Notepad/ pen for taking notes
All drives and entry fees
Photography services during the tour
Anything that is not there in the included list is considered as excluded.
Advantages of Pixellin Workshops & Tours
We believe in providing a delightful learning experience. Our workshops are carefully designed to make learning fun but very effective.
- Personal Attention - Every participant gets maximum personal atention during the workshop.
- Your Expectations - Your pre-workshop expections will be exceeded over and above.
- Hands On - Our theroy class will be backed with best of hands on practicals/ exercises. You get to work on your own images.
- Value for Money - Our workshops are the most affordable and we make it worth every penny that you spend.
- Take Away - You go back from the workshop with some Pixellin goodies and a treasure of knowledge.