Kundapur is a town situated near the beach on the west coast of Karnataka state, and is very close to the Western Ghats (a mountain ridge). The Western Ghats is India's prime zone for bio-diversity, known for the number of animal and plant species in this region. We have been involved in developing projects in this region for many years and have formed a very strong network of local partners and local volunteers.
In 2004, a Marine Turtle protection project was started here in collaboration with the Forest and Wildlife Department of the State of Karnataka. Over a 60-kilometer stretch of beach, surveys are conducted and turtle nests are protected until the hatching of the eggs. Last year, more than 1500 baby turtles reached the ocean safely thanks to the efforts of our volunteers. This year again we continue these efforts. The project will also focus on spreading awareness to the general public, fishermen community and in the schools about the importance of turtles in the bio-diversity. The awareness programs will involve beach walks, puppet shows, dramas and plays, mural painting, etc. The volunteers will also be involved in building Turtle Information Center huts along the beach.
Location: Kundapur is a coastal town in Udupi district, Karnataka state in South India. Cities near to Kundapur are: Udupi (35 km), Mangalore (95 km) and Bangalore (435 km). People coming to Kundapur fly into Mangalore or Bangalore International Airport. Kundapur can also be reached from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Kerala by train/bus.