Masinagudi is one of the most beautiful wildlife area in Nilgiri District. It is a part of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and is a wonderful tourist spot. With so much of vegetation and wildlife to see here, the place offers incredible natural beauty. It is located at a distance of about 120 km from Coimbatore, 20 km from Mudumalai National Park and only 29 km from Ooty. One can easily go till Coimbatore by flight or train, and then take a bus or taxi to Masinagudi or drive down from Mysore.
It is one of the aptly preserved wildlife area of South India where various species of birds, animal and plants come together to astonish you with their innocence and natural beauty. While planning Masinagudi tour package, including wildlife safaris is a must.
Reasons to Visit Masinagudi
Masinagudi is a nature getaway located on Mysore-Ooty highway right next to Mudumalai Wildlife sanctuary. Masinagudi is a hilly terrain Western Ghats, clothed in dense mixed and moist deciduous forests.
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Flora and Fauna
Masinagudi is green throughout the year and has a wide range of flora. You can find a lot of bamboo trees and their varieties include Bambusa and Dendrocalamus. Other than these trees, there are also the Indian Rosewood, wild ginger, wild rice, turmeric, Guava, Cinnamon, Pepper and Mango trees. The deciduous trees around the place, shed the green leaves in the summer season and take a floral attire during the monsoons.
As for the Fauna, one can find a wide range of birds, fishes, reptiles and animals over here. There are more than 50 fish species, 21 amphibian species, 34 reptile species, 227 bird species and 55 mammal species. So, one would be able to find the leopards, hyenas, Jackal, Sloth Bear, elephants, langur, Macaque, Sambar Deer, Gaur deer, Chital Deer, Wild boar, squirrels, pythons, cobras, flying lizards etc. Other than the animals, one would also be able to spot birds such as Grey headed Bulbul, Woodpeckers of different species, Hornbills, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Cuckoo, Thrush, Owl, Swallows and many more birds.
Safaris: One can go on morning safaris or evening safaris at Mudumalai. The safari rides are for about an hour and one would be able to spot deer, bear, boar, elephants etc. One could also go on an elephant safari. Safari is organised by forest department
Elephant Camp: One could visit these camps to see how the elephants go through their daily routines. People can witness their cleaning up process and feeding process. Elephant camp is organised by forest department
Moyar Water Falls: If permitted by the forest department, one can visit the Moyar Water falls.
Tea Plantations: The tea plantations are quite famous and can provide a refreshing break from the daily routines. One could also visit the nearby tea factory and see how the tea leaf goes through the various processes.
Ooty: If one has had enough with Masinagudi, they could check out Ooty, which is only a day trip from there. It is one of the most famous hill-stations in India.
Kalhatty Water Falls: 15 km from Masinagudi on the way Ooty on the ghat section is Kalhatty waterfalls and view point
Depending upon the tastes of tourists, there are various kinds of accommodations available in Masinagudi. One can choose to stay in the Villa resorts, home stays, hotels or the cottage resorts. Most of the resorts are built around the forests, and will give excellent feel of staying closer to the nature.
- Jungle Hut, Bokkapuram
- Jungle Retreat, Bokkapuram
- Inn The Wild, Singara
- Bamboo Banks farm, Masinagudi
- Club Mahindra Resorts
- Deep Jungle Home, Mudumalai
- Glenview Resorts
- Bear Mountain, Masinagudi
- Jain Resorts, Vazhai Thottam,
- Gem Holiday Resorts Ltd, Bokkapuram
- Monarch Safari Park , Bokkapuram
- TTDC Youth Hostel, Theppakadu
Guest Houses and Home Stays
- Green Park Jungle Resorts
- Wild Haven
- Secret Ivory Farm and Guest House
- Forest Guest House, Theppakadu
- Belmont Retreat, Bokkapuram
- Blue Valley Holiday’s P Ltd, Bokkapuram
- Oasis Mavanallah, Masinagudi
- River Valley Resort – Masinagudi
Masinagudi offers great night safaris in the open jeeps, which are arranged by the resorts. These safaris are not legal and create a lot of disturbance for the wild animals in the region. In fact, the animals are out during the night, and their privacy is invaded, because of the night tourists. There have also been many incidents of wild elephants killing the tourists who illegally went on safaris in protected .