Welcome to the Jungle / Wild wild west

Trace the west coast of peninsular India all the way to its tip at Kanyakumari and you'll find yourself staring at one of India's richest natural treasures. The 1600km stretch of mountain chain spans from Gujarat to the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Popularly known as the Sahyadris, it is in the heart of this dense lush forest that over a 100 rivers are born.

Classified as one of the 34 Global Biodiversity Hotspots, these ghats have a diversity of over 7000 species of flowering plants. Amongst fauna, over 508 species of birds, 288 species of fishes, 225 species of reptiles, 219 species of amphibians and about 137 species of mammals have been reported. Add to this an estimated 332 plus species of butterflies, a list of over 174 species of dragonflies and damselflies, over 200 plus species of spiders. Many species of flora and fauna found here are endemic, i.e. found only in this region and nowhere else in the world.

It is in this ecologically teeming region that Herpactive seeks to explore and work. Currently we've set up Goa's first research station in Mhadei Bio Region and our second research station in Kuveshi, Castlerock is shaping up.

Mhadei Bio Region

Herpactive set up its first research station at the Mhadei Bio Region around 2009-10 . The Mhadei Bio green lies in the northeastern goa flanked by the Netravali and bhimgad forests. What river originates from here. What is the name of the water fall one can see. What is the altitude? What is the landscape like... how much of it has plateau? Is it semi evergreen dense forest? What is the area? Why is it important for herpetafauna? What are the endemic herps found here?

KUVESHI

At an elevation of 2,040 ft, in the dense tropical deciduous, evergreen & semi-evergreen vegetation typical of the Western Ghats, hides a tiny hamlet of 50 odd wooden houses. It is here, at a stone's throwaway from the enchanting forests that you'll find Herpactive's second research station. Here, a temple dedicated to the local deity stands tall amidst a sacred grove and a perennial stream flows down the hills to irrigates the fields that surround the small hamlet.

The heavily forested area displays a high volume and diversity of species of wild orchid, fluorescent lichens and the presence of a variety of amphibians that proving the rich biodiversity of the region and the good condition of its individual ecosystems.

.

Getting to Kuveshi: Our base at Kuveshi village is 12 kilometers away from Castle Rock. The single motorable dirt track that leads to Kuveshi meanders through some of the most exquisite forests of the region and includes a refreshing crisscross network of streams and rivulets that cut through these forests.