Nature trippin’ whereas tenting round Bengaluru- The New Indian Categorical


Express Message Service

BENGALURU: Schools have reopened and most staff are back to office work, but the yearning to be one with nature has not gone away. Bringing back the love of nature camps are some of these organizers in the city who not only explore the biodiversity here but also explore the Western Ghats. Nerdbird, a children’s learning experience space, recently organized a monsoon nature camp led by Dr. Seshadri KS, a scientist at IISC whose work includes the discovery of a new species of frog. Speaking to CE, co-founder Chandini Chhabra says: “This time it was a frog edition with Dr. Seshadri.

We also had Vidisha Kulkarni, a biotechnologist who studies birds and amphibians, along with a team of naturalists and educators at EcoEdu – Ulhas Anand and TS Srinivasa. Parents and children had a great time at camp.” Some of the camp’s takeaways consisted of experiencing nature and learning about birds, frogs, butterflies, trees and other wildlife. “During these two days we had games, activities and group discussions. They also learned the basics of camping and how to set up a nature camp at school or in their neighborhood,” explains Chhabra, adding that shared tented cabins or alpine tents and binoculars were offered.

Photographer and filmmaker Suhas Premkumar takes nature lovers to the Western Ghats. “This weekend we organized a rainforest wilderness and photo camp in Sharavathi, the rainforest of Jog Falls. Aside from the great views, we also saw Malabar giant squirrels, Malabar parakeets, woodpeckers, hornbills and bee-eaters, among others,” he explains, adding that this nature camp is also for non-photographers. Accommodation is part of the package but visitors had to organize their own transport. “The idea is to educate people about the wildlife that we have in the state. It is even more important to know how to handle the animals instead of scaring them.

During the photo camp, we will not only introduce them to the techniques of photography, but also educate them about the different species of snakes, mammals, birds and amphibians that live there side by side,” explains Premkumar, adding that more such camps will be held available soon. But if you don’t want to venture too far, camping near Bannerghatta is also an option. Camp Monk near Bannerghatta National Park offers mid to high budget camping experiences.

Amit Shetty, CEO and Co-Founder says: “We see people from all walks of life either pitching a tent on our premises or choosing our glamping stations. There is a beautiful lake nearby and the space is full of nature that they use to explore. Many even bring their office work with them and take calls from the tents.” The animal sanctuaries and national park are one of the main attractions for nature campers. “Prani – The Pet Sanctuary is a popular stop for many of our visitors. You can hang out with the different animals available there and pet them too. Children and the elderly alike enjoy the experience. This is a great way for city visitors to take a break, relax and cool off in nature over the weekend,” says Shetty.