Tucked away in the heart of the northern part of Western Ghats, besets a small village
called Kuveshi which lies close to the border of Karnataka and Goa. This region is more
famous due to the tourist attractions that they hold, namely- the Dudhsagar waterfalls,
Devil’s Canyon and Castle rock. Located at about 2000+ feet above sea level, this little
haven is soon to be recognized as paradise for nature lovers.
An initiation by Nirmal Kulkarni, a wildlife ecologist and researcher has led to the establishment of a research base at Kuveshi. The research station is named Hypnale Research Station, after the hump-nosed pit viper (Hypnale hypnale), an endemic snake found in the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka.
The forests of Kuveshi and Castle Rock are considered as the type locality of this species to the world. The station intends to be one among the network of research bases that will be situated throughout the Western Ghats in order to provide a bunk for people who wish to do research in these ecologically sensitive areas.
This base is well equipped and provides logistics for researchers all over India and the world who work in the field of conservation science.
Dedicated to create awareness and promote conservation of lesser fauna, this research station is also taking one of the first steps in creating a platform for documenting human nature interactions.
Currently the base is equipped with only the basic facilities. There is no electricity supply to the village and no cell phone network.
The broad objectives of this Base are
- To carry on research in wildlife in the Western Ghats of India.
- To provide a platform for wildlife researchers to document and study the biodiversity of the region that encompasses the states of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
- To seek collaboration with NGO’s, Research Institutions and interns as well as individuals who are interested in learning about wildlife documentation in the Western Ghats.
- To seek to document people’s knowledge of the biodiversity, build bridges between modern day scientific techniques and traditional knowledge and bring about an awareness of the region and its unique biodiversity.
- To facilitate ecology studies and training for students of wildlife sciences on a long-term basis in co ordination with official agencies including the Forest Departments of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, the Zoological Survey of India, the Botanical Survey of India and other research organizations and institutions in the country and world.
- To establish the firm foundations of carrying out field projects related to conservation, biology and data collection and help maintain the stock of biological wealth
- To develop as a repository of scientific knowledge on the Bio-region and a database source on the North Western Ghats that are also known as the Sahyadris.