In Search of Tiger - Mudumalai National Park

Mudumalai national park in Tamilnadu is tiger reserve located at the border of Karnataka and Bandipur national park. It's home to several vulnerable species including tiger, leopard. Its perfect weekend gateway from Bangalore as its just 270 km and takes around 5-6 hrs to reach.

You can do the safari in national park to witness wildlife, though the safari is restricted and covers only limited area of national park.



I had already explored Bandipur and done Safari there 3 times. This time explored the Mudualai national park. The best way to explore it to stay in Masinagudi village, that is 7 km from national park safari entry point. There are several hotels and homestay in Masinagudi.

Saturday early morning at 6 AM from Bangalore and reached Masinagudi at 12:30 PM. The route we took was Bangalore -> Ramanagara -> Mysuru Bypass -> Nanjangud -> Gundulpet -> Bandipur -> Masinagudi. In between mandatory stop at Kamat Lokaruchi (Ramanagara) for buffet breakfast.

Route from Bandiour entry to Masinagudi is scenic and we could see many dears, monkeys across the road.





Entry gate and Tamilnadu checkpost


We stayed in Safari Land Resort in Masinagudi. Resort was good, rooms are big enough and mountain facing, has facility of various indoor games, swimming pool and restaurant.





After having good lunch, we took nap and then evening we drive up to Niligiri hills towards Ooty. Ooty is 30km from Masinagudi. Explored Bison valley view point and Kalahatty waterfall.

Next Morning Sunday, we woke up early. Plan was to take the first safari at National park. Luckily not much crowd and we hopped in to first safari bus after paying entry fee of 340 per person. Gysy Safari will cost you 4200. There is very interesting board where you would see numbers of animal sighting and when. One Tiger was sighted a day before and we were hoping that we will also get chance to see the tiger.



It was 1 hour bus safari. We didn't get chance to see much of wildlife. Only deers, monkeys, bird species spotted.




 

 

Another attraction of safari is the watchtower and view point of waterfall.







Disappointed because we could not spot Tiger, Bus left us to entry point of ticket counter. Nearby there is elephant camp that you can also visit, no separate ticket required as it combined in to your bus safari ticket. Timing is 7:30am - 8am, just 30 minutes window but you can see many elephants and their feeding process.









Overall it was nice weekend gateway. Road condition upto Masinagudi is excellent, many resorts and restaurants all the way. You could arrange camp fire at night and if you are lucky enough you could spot tiger during Safari. I didn't this time but better luck next time.

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