Agumbe Rainforest Research Station
At a distance of 2 km from Agumbe Bus Station, Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) is a field-based conservation and research organization located in Agumbe, Karnataka. Situated inside the Agumbe Reserved Forest, it is one of the best places to visit in Agumbe.
Founded in 2005 by leading Indian herpetologist Romulus Whitaker, Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) is an ecological research station and was established to conserve the rainforests of South India. Whitaker saw his very first king cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah) here in 1971. He was also extremely taken by the reverence the people in the region showed for snakes, which was a major factor that drove him to establish a research station in Agumbe (Karnataka). The research station has a micro-hydroelectric unit that helps in maintaining its eco-friendly policy and operates on solar power.
King cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world, inhabits the forest area of Agumbe. ARRS conducts and facilitates a wide variety of research projects, ranging from rainforest ecology, behavioral and population ecology, phenology, geoinformatics, and socio-economics. The King Cobra Radio-Telemetry Project, Photographic Inventories of Flora and Fauna, Canopy Access Studies, and Tree Surveys are some of the popular projects started by the station. A well-developed volunteer and research intern program makes the research station an ideal location for those interested in field-based research and conservation. The research station encourages and provides facilities for graduate and Ph.D. students to conduct projects.
Timings: 10 AM - 5 PM