Masinagudi is rich and diverse as far as plant and animal life is concerned but the specialty of this region is what it pleasantly lacks in… Human life. Combine these three factors and you get access to unhindered, unexploited and tranquil abode of Nature.
Now such a region would have a lot of attractions to offer
Take a Tour of the ten foot trained Tuskers at Theppakadu Elephant Camp:
Under existence since 1971, this camp allows you to hangout with elephants (trained of course).
This camp lodges about 23 elephants.
Everyday a couple of elephants help out in pooja works of the temple within the camp.
The elephants will also let you ride them at early mornings if you are ready to part with a certain amount of cash as fee.
You can also have fun feeding them during their brunch time (feeding time).
Go on a jaunty Jungle ride through Jungle Safari:
Take a ride through the jungle and experience the adrenaline through the slither among the bushes, silhouettes of a would-be-predator and sudden sighting of an exotic animal. Chase and if unlucky, be chased by your game.
Safaris are available in the form of jeeps, vans and elephants in Masinagudi.
A jeep could take 6 at a time and a van could hold 25.
But the one Atop a Pachyderm (Elephant, 4 at a time) is the best as it can take routes within a jungle that cannot be accessed through a vehicle.
Usually a Safari ride lasts 45 minutes.
The Safari timings are 7 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6.30 pm
Have a spell at the Mudumalai National Park (Masinagudi):
This park is one of the first of its kind to be established in South India.
The park which was started at an area of 60 sq.kms now has a total area of over 300 sq. kms under its reign
Some of our ancestors such as gray langur and bonnet macaque reside within this park.
Other than that tigers, leopards, bears, elephants, Golden jackals, dholes and striped hyenas are also found here.
Birds such as crested serpent eagle, the Malabar Trojan, crested hawk eagle and a striped tit babbler also reside here and roam the skies.
The entry fee is Adult: Rs. 15/-,
Children: Free for tots below 5 and Rs.10/- between ages of 5 to 12.
Camera: Rs. 25/-
Rekindle your religiosity at Himavad Gopalaswamy betta:
Under cover of mist along with a cool and comfortable breeze surrounded by lush blanket of green at the Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta temple located over a height of 1454 meters from sea level.
The entry fee is charged according to the vehicle you ride. If luck smiles on you, you may come across some animals- elephants or bison or deer.
The spot is at 15 Kms from Bandhipur.
Bandipur National park:
Created at an area of 90 sq.km the within the Bandipur reserve forest, Venugopala wildlife park established in 1941 was renamed as Bandipur national park in 1973. Spawning over 800 kms this park is rich in plant as well as animal life.
For those of you biologists looking for research, this natural laboratory is loaded with more than enough specimen.
Flora in Mudumalai (Masinagudi):
The plant life within this region is dense and diverse. Bamboos (Bambusa Arundinacea) Natural teak (Tectona Grandis), Anogeissus latifolia,Terminalia, Crenulata /Terminalia Tomontosa, Grewia, and blooming trees like Indian Labumusum, Aredesia, Solanancea are some of the flora.
Fauna in Mudumalai (Masinagudi):
The Animal life of this area include primates such as Macaque and Common Langur.
The Carnivore variety includes Tigers, Leopards, Panthers, Sloth Bear, Python, Otter and Crocodiles.
There are the peace loving vegetarians such as Giant Flying Squirrel, Sambar, Hyena, Wild Boar, elephants, Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Hare, Porcupine and Mongoose are part of the wildlife in Masinagudi. The sanctuary is also with plenty of civets, antelopes, languor and macaques.
Birds in Mudumalai (Masinagudi):
For bird watchers, professional or novice
The collection here is quite nice
The birds found in this park are Peacock-our National bird, Grey Jungle Fowl, Red Spur Fowl, Grey Partridge Quails, Goggle Eyed Plower, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Large Racket-Tailed Dronge, The Magpie-robin, Spotted Babbler, Small Green Barbet, Green Pigeons, Brown Dove, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Bulbuls, Mynahs, etc. The meat eating variety includes Eagles, Hawks, Buzzards, Harriers, Falcons and King Vulture is predominant, besides some migratory water birds.