Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Masinagudi, poorer cousin of Mudumalai

   When we visited Mudumalai some years back, we were quite impressed with the animal sightings. So we decided to visit Mudumalai once more, but then the drastic thing happened.Because of a forest fire a good portion of Mudumalai was burnt and the forest was closed for visitors indefinitely for some time.

So we thought and thought and finally decided going to Masinagudi because of its close proximity to Mudumalai. We booked a single night package at a resort called Secret Ivory. The resort was nothing great but was sort of reasonable as far as the price was concerned. The resort location is good and one can have a nice view of the Nilgiri range from the resort itself. Food  is also sort of okay and the price needs to be paid extra.

We booked two jeep safaris, one in the evening and the other the next day early morning.We requested the resort to arrange the safaris for us.The jeep safaris are quite cheap, you can book the full jeep for 2 hours at Rs 1500. If you book the jeep all by yourself and not through any resort or hotel then you can go for some haggling. There are plenty of jeeps just outside the Masinagudi forest area which anyone can book.

So called jungle track of core area

The jeep driver told us that the jeep safari will take us to the core of the jungle. We were impressed but very soon we realized he was bluffing. There were tar roads leading to a functional temple in the core forest. How is that possible ?? We have been to some of the best national parks in the country and nowhere the jungle tracks had tar roads. We roamed till it was dark and did not spot anything except a few spotted deer. Feeling our frustration the driver suddenly told us "You guys are so lucky...see there is a big nilgiri gaur standing under the tree". Since it was all dark we could not see anything, the only thing we saw was a big structure standing still.



The next morning we were ready for our safari at 6 but to our dismay there was no jeep or driver.We wasted almost 45 minutes when finally a jeep was arranged. The track was the same as that of the previous day. Morning safari was better that the last one. We saw some deer, a herd of elephant,peacock and a chamelion. Next the driver took us to the same spot where the previous day driver spotted the stationary nilgiri gaur. We were so much embarred to find that the nilgiri gaur was in fact an ant hill.
 Not able to spot anything is fine, we all understand that animal spotting in the wild is luck but telling lies is so awfully disgusting...

Herd of Elephants

Colorful garden lizard

Mother and Child Monkey

 In my opinion Mudumalai, Bandipur, Nagarhole are far better places to see wild life. The part of Masinagudi where Secret Ivory is located is not a national park at all. The resorts and local jeep drivers try to create a hype in order to get tourists......else how come the so called core area of the forest have motorable tracks, a functional temple where people get down from their jeeps to visit, no forest check post,no limit on the number of jeep safaris and also no government forest safari?

 Anyway I am not going there next time, I have better places to visit. 

Langoor, taken at the resort at night


  1. Stunning Captures! I stumbled upon this blog when I was doing my research for Masinagudi. It's unfortunate to read that you were unhappy about your trip. Masinagudi was mermerizing when I visited recently. I urge you to visit again, the bio diversity hotspot must be explored in depth. Probably the home stay/resort you went to didn't let you explore this enough. I urge you to try again, I would strongly recommend the homestay we went to. "Whistling Woods estate". It's bang in the middle of the jungle, where the animals visit you without you having to go out to look! The manager here, Mr. Arun is an avid wildlife photographer(having free lanced for NGC projects) and naturalist. His knowledge of the place is valuable and be sure to spot animals in the night safari. Go gove it a try and I await more stunning pictures of wildlife you can spot there. The peacock image in this blog is unbelievably gorgeous. Kudos !

    Link to read up more reviews :

    *I'm a nature explorer by interest but a worker bee in Banglore. I'm not assocaited in any form to this instituion and not marketing it intentionally. I was very impressed wehn I had gone and kept wondering what the experience for an avid photographer can be like. Be sure to go! Just a kind recommendation, nothing more!*

    1. Thank you very much.We will definitely visit Masinagudi once more and this time we will contact Mr Arun before we go.
      Its really very nice to see beautiful readers like you letting us know their constructive opinions and suggestions.It may be the time we went was not good
      or just that was not our day and since you have suggested we will definitely go there once again.

      Thank you so much and I sincerely hope you enjoy my blogs and give us your valuable suggestions.

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