The village of Agumbe, better known as the ‘Cherrapunji of South India’, nestles cosily in the Western Ghats of India and is a tropical rainforest region. It’s one quaint destination that is a delight for all—travellers, wildlife photographers, birders, herpetologists, naturalists, conservationists, and an endless number of others. Agumbe is a storehouse of nature and its myriad wealth.

And on my first visit in June 2018, I was not a bit disappointed. In fact, I discovered in myself an inherent love for everything wild—venomous snakes, tiny frogs, jumping toads, lizards, insects, and incessant rain.

You can also read about my Agumbe experience here.

 

Snakes: In just three days, I spotted five snakes belonging to three different species

Large-eyed Bronzeback Tree Snake

Malabar Pit Viper – Brown

Malabar Pit Viper – Yellow

Insects: Never really paid attention to these colourful creatures before; but they can leave anyone mesmerised.

Bag Worm

Discarded Shell of a Cicada

One inch long snail

Tiger Beetle

Wasp Nest

Wasp Nest

Beetle

Crimson Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Grasshopper

Beetle

Damselfly

Spider Wasp

Coffee Locust

Frogs and toads: Who knew that frogs and toads can be so intriguing and such beautiful creatures? In nature, size doesn’t matter, and often times, it’s the underdogs that leave one most hypnotised.

Malabar Tree Toad

Western Tree Frog

Toad

Dancing Frog

Amboli Bush Frog

Bi-coloured Frog

Toad

Malabar Gliding Frog

Golden Frog

Spiders: Not just pest control, spiders are nature’s best engineers.

Net Casting Spider

Spider With Kill

Male and Female Spider

Fungi: Rainforests are known to bloom with fungi, and I do believe this now.

 

Dead Man’s Finger

Other miracles: Rainforests are replete with wonders.

Ball Milipede

Skink

Crab

Foxtail Orchid

Ground Orchid

Leech

Oak Leaf Butterfly

Scorpion

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