YPS Workshop - Butterfly Photography at Belvai by Mr Sammilan Shetty


Sept 01st to 03rd 2023 (Departure on Aug 31st night by bus from Bengaluru and return on 04th morning)

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Mentor: Mr Sammilan Shetty
Lead: Mr S Chandrashekar

What to expect 

  • Butterfly walks for three days in the foothills of Western Ghats, 
  • Learning butterfly behaviour, taxonomy and conservation from some of the finest field experts in India
  • Photographing various species of butterflies, 
  • Screening of the film ‘Life of butterflies’
  • At this workshop you are assured of the best butterfly photography and knowledge of butterflies.

About Belvai


Sammilan Shetty’s Butterfly Park was set up in the year 2011 by Sammilan Shetty, a young nature lover and butterfly enthusiast. Situated at Belvai, near Moodabidri at the foothills of the Western Ghats, the park is a treasure house of a wide variety of butterflies belonging to this region. The park is developed on natural greenery and the butterflies are also natural inhabitants of the park. The park respects the butterfly’s freedom and no dome or enclosure is maintained to keep them within the park. Only suitable conditions which are conducive to different varieties of butterflies are created to attract them to the park.

About the mentor

Sammilan Shetty Profile Picture

Mr Sammilan Shetty was featured in ‘Amazing Indians’ Season III by Times Now as an ‘Exceptional Eco Saviour’ in 2013 for his work on butterfly conservation. The butterfly park at Belvai was also honoured by ‘World Book of Records’, London, UK, in 2018 for hosting awareness programs and conservation activities. He was awarded the ‘Popular Choice Award’ in 2020 by Deccan Herald at the DH Changemakers 2020 event.

He has made a documentary ‘Life of butterflies’, which reveals interesting facts about butterflies and their life history. The footage for the documentary were shot, exclusively at the butterfly park by him, in a four-year span. It is the country’s first ever comprehensive documentary on butterflies and is appreciated by butterfly experts across the nation.


Dates: Sep 1st to 3rd, 2023 (Departure on Aug 31st night by bus and return on 4th morning by bus)

Participants will arrive at Belvai on 1st morning and depart on 3rd night

Photography starts right after arrival and freshening up and ends 3rd evening.

Number of participants
Small group of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 members. Booking amount will be refunded if minimum of 10 do not sign up

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