Friday, 15 July 2011

Masinagudi: Amidst nature

Masinagudi: Amidst nature 

 
Overview: A beautiful village on the foothills of Nilgiris on the way to Ooty which has something to offer everyone. Just on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border after crossing Bandipur forest area, we come across a slice of magic which is Masinagudi. Surrounded by hills and forests all around, it is just about a perfect destination for a weekend.
One of the most important things to do here is relaxing and it serves as a welcome break from city life. The only noise which could be heard is the chirping of the birds and falling leaves. Our programme was of 2 days here with first day reserved for relaxation and the second day for some trekking before driving back to Bangalore.
We checked in to a nice resort called Jungle Hut. After a warm welcome from the staff, we had an early lunch and settling into small tents which gave an excellent feeling of camping in the middle of a jungle. We played some games in the evening and decided to go for a night safari. It was as exciting as it sounded. Spotted a herd of deer in the beginning but had to travel a long way to get a sight of Bison and elephant. It gave a fierce look in the dark so we decided to rush back. The night safari was a great experience. We then spent some time near the bonfire before dinner.
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Day2: Day2 started off nicely with the morning rays of the sun cutting the hills into halves. We got a chance to spot a few deer as well early morning. After having tea and some biscuits we set off for a light trek towards the hills. An hour and a half of upclimbing we came across dense forests, some waterfalls and not to mention some breathtaking scenery from the top. Also we saw some pugmarks belonging to some wild animal. The entire trek lasted for around 2.5 hours after which we rested for a while.
The resort staff was kind enough to offer us a complimentary lunch even though it wasn't included in our package. We decided to wind off by 4pm with nice memories of the trip.
But things got better on the way as we were lucky to spot a lot of animals on the way like the Bison, wild elephant, deer, peacock, and wild boar. The trip was really a memorable one and certainly deserves a second visit..
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How to reach: By own vehicle- SH17 towards Mysore, continue on Mysore-Ooty road, after crossing Bandipur, drive for around 15 kms towards Theppakadu. At Theppakadu, turn left towards Masinagudi. 
By public transport: Plenty of direct buses ply from Bangalore to Ooty and Mysore to Ooty. But buses are not permitted via Masinagudi so they have to turn right at Theppakadu to go to Ooty via Gudalur. To reach Masinagudi, one can hire a jeep from Theppakadu. 
Food/Accomodation: Plenty of resorts are available in Masinagudi which offer good service.
Reference: http://www.masinagudi.com/
http://www.junglehut.in/mainpage.html
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11 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing such a significant information and amzing pics of masinagudi. Masinagudi situated in the foothills of the Western Ghats,blissfully blessed by Mother Nature,an asylum for the wildest of the wild animals.

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  2. Hi……nice concept blog and pictures.Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and importantinformation. Its summer and a great time for picnic..If you have any specific information about Resort in Masinagudi

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  3. Looks beautiful, hopefully it will be as beautiful as seen in images. Thanks for sharing the lovely blog on Weekend Getaways from Bangalore

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  4. Masinagudi is a tourist destination covered with wildlife sanctuaries, gardens, greenary, hills and mountains. It is a best destination for nature lovers. There are also hotels and resorts in Masinagudi to provide accommodation and hospitality services to the tourist who travel to masinagudi.

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  5. Pictures are very beautiful. The jungle Lodges / Resorts, forest Lodges, Bird watching and wildlife resorts in Masinagudi, Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu, India. A guide regarding complete info about wildlife Lodges and Resorts. Check out all best hotels in Masinigudi also.

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  6. Nice blog on Masinagudi of Tamil Nadu. It is part of the five ranges – Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota of Nilgiri district. It is a cousin of Mudumalai and there are amazing places to visit in Mudumalai which also attracts a huge crowd of travelers.

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  7. Can't see any pics

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