Amboli is a hill station in the state of Maharashtra. This lush green place lies in the Sahyadri Hills. There is very high rainfall in this place and it becomes dreamy when mist surrounds all over. The best season for macro photography here is monsoon, specially in July, where we can see varieties of reptiles, amphibians and other species. Malabar Pit Vipers, Green Vine Snakes, Gliding Frogs, Toads, Cicada, frogs eggs etc.

Why Join Us for the Photography Tour? 

We will make your DREAM COME TRUE - your dream to observe the beautiful herps and other creatures and to capture them. We will also take some great portraits of the locals.

We will be going to the right places at the right time. I will suggest you the right settings for taking pictures and will personally assist you so that you go back with some great shots. We also do post-processing and feedback/review sessions whenever possible, during the tour.

Saurabh has been visiting these regions for almost a decade and great knowledge about the place. 

You will also be in the company of some great fellow travelers and will make friends for life.

Tour Highlights

Snake Photography, Frogs, Geckos, and many more.

You must take this tour if you are afraid of snakes or if you love snakes. Your fear of snakes will be gone after this tour.

And of course, you will come back with some great pictures.

This tour is led by Smita Saurabh Chatterjee and assisted by Ssaurabh A Chatterjee.

We reach Amboli on the first day by 9 am. Being a part of the rain forest, it rains very heavily in these parts.

Make sure you have good rain protection for your camera.

We have our breakfast and go venture out in the forest.

The very common species of snakes here are Pit Viper. It is poisonous and shooting them one needs to be careful. You can shoot them from about 2 feet. Having a macro lens will help. External Flash is compulsory as the light is very less.

The other common species here are Amboli Leaping Frog, Amboli Toad, Narrow Mouthed Frog, Wrinkled Frog. Then, we spent a lot of time observing and clicking Malabar Gliding Frog female laying eggs.

The frog lay eggs on the branches of the trees just above the water bodies so that they fall directly into the water once they mature.

Itinerary -

Day 1
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Start in the evening
Day 2
Friday, June 25, 2021
Reach Amboli by afternoon, relax and field trip evening session.
Day 3
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Amboli - Morning session and evening session
Day 4
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Morning session and leave post lunch

Cost: Rs.14,000/-
Only 10 participants on first come first serve basis.

Cost includes

1) Stay on twin sharing basis in a basic but clean hotel
2) All breakfast, lunch, dinner
3) Local guide charges
4) Nature walks with guide

Cost does not include

1) Travel cost from your destination to Amboli.
2) Mineral water, any additional food ordered.
3) Tips for guide

PICTURES FROM Amboli Ghat Macro Photography Tour 2021



1. How to reach Amboli:
You can take a Volvo bus from Hyderabad to Belgaum (max 11 hours) and then take a local bus from Belgaum to Amboli (Max 3 hours) which runs on every half an hour
2. What equipment should I carry?
Any camera body is fine. Having a macro lens and an external flash with some diffuser/modifier will be very helpful. As the light is less, having an external flash is a necessity. If you don't have one, it can be arranged on rent.
3. Is this trip only for Photographers?
No, anyone can join. Even if you don't take pictures, you will still enjoy the experience. We will spend a lot of time taking some great pictures though. I'm sure everyone loves doing that. We have had non-photographers in our previous trips and they enjoy as much.
4. I have no knowledge on Photography. Will I get some help?
Yes, absolutely. Saurabh will be assisting you all the time. He will help you on how to take some great pictures. So, you will learn while having fun on the go.
5. I don't have a camera. Can I get one on rent? Yes, that can be arranged if required. Please see Cameras and Lenses for Rent.

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