Night Trail at Matheran
Matheran is one of the most frequently visited hill stations situated in the northern Western Ghats. In spite of being an immensely popular tourist destination, this hill is home to a wide array of flora and fauna. Situated at an elevation of 800 m above sea level the semi-evergreen forests of Matheran hides many unique creatures, often overlooked by tourists. Once the hustle of the day comes to an end, these creatures start their activity; and monsoon is the season when they are most active.
A walk on a rainy night is the best way to encounter some of these beautifully hidden amphibians and reptiles in Matheran. Bombay bush frog, Wrinkled frog, Leith’s leaping frog, Fungoid frog, Deccan’s banded gecko, Rock gecko, Forest lizard, Vine snake, Wolf Snake, Cat snake, Keelback, Bamboo-pit viper are some of the amphibians and reptiles one can observe in Matheran.
Grade: Easy (2–3 km undulating walk)
Reporting: Bus will leave from Dadar T.T. (near Chandu Halwai) at 05:00 p.m., Chembur (near Diamond Garden) at 05:20 p.m., and Vashi (Vashi Jn) at 05:40 p.m.
The group will be back at Dadar by 11:45 p.m.
Charges: Rs 1,500/- for BNHS members and Rs 1,700/- for others.
Cost includes: Transport, entry ticket, and BNHS expertise only.
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