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Bangalore to Masinagudi: An Adventurous Itinerary

Have you ever taken a jungle safari through the forests of Bandipur or have you wished you could take a trip through the jungles watching the wild animals pass by just in front of your eyes?

Let's take a trip from Bangalore to Masinagudi enjoying the forested areas of Bandipur and Mudumalai, without missing the wide variety of birds at the bird sanctuaries that fall on the route.

Let's Start Off...

Let's Start Off...

This trip can be planned during a long weekend. Keeping in mind that the trip is going to be a long one, let's start off taking the Bangalore-Mysore road at 7am after a nice breakfast. Kamath Restaurant in Kalasipalayam is an ideal option for a good start of the day.

Not to Miss!

Not to Miss!

On the route, don't forget to visit Gopalaswamy Hills which needs a deviation to the right just a few kilometres before Bandipur. The hills provide splendid views and is open from 8.30am to 4pm.

Reaching Bandipur...

Reaching Bandipur...

By road, you are likely to reach Bandipur by 12noon. To stay close to the forest and enjoy the splendid views of the wildlife that includes wild dogs, leopards, wild boar, chital and gaur, Bandipur Safari Lodges is an ideal option which is located just a kilometre from the forest boundary.

Stay at Bandipur...

Stay at Bandipur...

Since the Bandipur also provide facilities for a guided nature walk into the forest, an overnight stay at the safari lodge would be a one-of-a-lifetime experience. Apart from the safari, the resort provides facilities for a campfire and also has a multi-cuisine restaurant.

Safari Through Bandipur...

Safari Through Bandipur...

The Bandipur safari timings are at 6.30 am and 4.30 pm on a daily basis, which means that you can take a safari in the evening and early the next morning before you checkout for your next destination. You can also spot some of the rare species of birds here like the Grey Junglefowl and the Drongos.

Jungle Safari at Mudumalai...

Jungle Safari at Mudumalai...

Our next stop would be at the Mudumalai National Park which is around 20 km from Bandipur which take you here in less than an hour. The safari here closes at 9am. Take a 30 minute safari through the jungle which has some of the fierce predators like the Bengal Tiger, the Gaur and the Indian Leopard.

Drive Through 36 Hairpin Bends!

Drive Through 36 Hairpin Bends!

After the adventurous jungle safari in Mudumalai, head to Masinagudi taking the Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway or the famous road with 36 hairpin bends! Yes, this is a road that has become popular for its reckless hairpin bends that keeps one alert till the 36th bend of the road. The views offered by this route is just breathtaking that it is worth taking the route for a real adventurous experience. Masinagudi is around 75 km from Mudumalai which means you would be reaching Masinagudi by noon.

Birding at Masinagudi...

Birding at Masinagudi...

Masinagudi, a part of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, is a wonderful destination for bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. A stay at one of the jungle resorts here would give you an opportunity for birding, trekking, camping and many more activities.

 A Night's Stay at Masinagudi...

A Night's Stay at Masinagudi...

A few of the stay options here include the Blue Valley Jungle Resort, the Monarch Safari park, Club Mahindra and the Jungle Retreat. Enjoy birding late evening and stay amidst the natural location of Masinagudi. Do not miss bird-watching at early morning too! After a good breakfast from there, pack your bags and head to Bangalore!

Back to Bangalore!

Back to Bangalore!

Bangalore from Masinagudi is around 235 km which will take around 5-7 hours depending on the traffic. You would probably reach Bangalore around late evening after this truly enjoyable and adventurous road trip that leaves fond memories of all the wildlife, birds and even the adventurous roads you crossed!

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