Glittering eyes, smooth skin and a forked tongue flickering in and out as it tastes the air around it – welcome to the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station and its star resident – the King Cobra. Located within the Western Ghats, in the Agumbe Reserved Forest, the research station was established in 2005, the result of a lifelong passion of one man, Romulus Whitaker with the King Cobra. Romulus does not tire of recounting his first encounter with the king of snakes right here, deep in the Agumbe Reserve Forest, which soon developed into a passion that has made him one of India’s best known and revered herpetologists. Growing to over fourteen feet in length, the King Cobra is both revered and feared by people. Mentioned in Indian epics and mythology, the snake has fascinated all and sundry with its sheer beauty and size.
One of the first research stations to be set up to protect and rescue King Cobras and other snakes, the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station has expanded its activities into research on these reptiles. It is the first research centre to try and study the movement and pattern of snakes with the use of radio tracking equipment.
If you are fascinated with snakes or wish to learn more about them, then a visit to the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station is just what the doctor ordered. Working in collaboration with the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust in Chennai, the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station is the perfect place to understand and appreciate the most feared reptile of all – the snake.
|Timings||9:00am To 6:30pm|
|Entry Fee||Rs.5 - 10|
|Visit Duration||3 to 4 hours|