What a wonderful morning ride I had today, will stay in my memory for a long time. The usual time for opening of the National Park was by 6 am but I was already there at 5:45 , waiting , making sure that i don’t waste much time as I had to ride 250km and report for work. The security guy made me wait for 5 minutes and then opened. It was then I entered the Mudumalai National Park, all on my own with no humans around , it was just the forest, the trees, the clouds, the morning mist emanating from a small pool, birds chirping and me. Just at the entrance of the Mudumalai National Park saw a herd of deers, about 100 in number , peacefully grazing.
It was that time of the morning where you debate whether to switch off the vehicle lights or not, the sun fighting to come out of the clouds and color of the sky changing from ruddy orange to blue. It was among all this that a family of Elephant crossed the road, peacefully, much like how the morning was. I kept riding in the lush greenery watching the painted sky the winding roads. I think there was something in this morning , it gifted me yet again with a small size leopard sighting. If there is a road there is always a story and some stories are best told without pictures clicked.
Masinagudi is a beautiful place very close to the Bandipur Forest Reserve. Situated at 243 km from Bangalore, this is an amazing place for a weekend getaway. The route passes through the Bandipur forest reserve which is so scenic.
Masinagudi is located in Mudumalia wildlife sanctuary and you should definitely take a jeep safari both early morning and evening. I was lucky enough to spot a bear and few wild elephants. If you are planning a trip to ooti , you can club masinagudi in your itinerary and spend a night here.
Where to stay: I would highly recommend Safari Land Villa for its spacious rooms, scenic location and an amazing swimming pool. The food was average but the staff is really good.
So what is stopping you from stepping out for a 5 hour journey to this beautiful place in Karnataka ?