Karnataka Jungle crawl - 1000 km Road Trip

Tripoto
21st Dec 2013
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
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Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
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Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of by Harita Vinnakota

Karnataka has a lot to offer to the jungle junkie - tiger reserves, reasonably priced jungle resorts, good roads, birds all through the year

1) Bandipur National Park & Mudumalai Tiger reserve share a border, reserve is open from 6 am to 6 pm - so its ok to stay on either side of the resorts. But if you can book a jungle resort in the reserve premises nothing like that)

2) ATMs and Petrol bunks are not available everywhere on this route, so its better to keep the tank & wallet loaded all the time.

3) Most roads are good, except for one or two stretches in Kerala which puts you through bumpy roads

4) The trip involved a lot of road travel, every 2 days we hit the road to reach the next jungle. We have a diesel car with two drivers (him & i) - hence it made all the sense.

5) You will notice from my Bird sighting list under each jungle that sightings are better at the resort than in the jungles (but this is only for amateur like me)

The resort is walkable distance from the Mudumalai (Tamil Nadu) Forest reserve. On the other side of the Mudumalai reserve is the Karnataka border followed by the Bandipur forest reserve. its a lovely resort in the small town of Thorpally. Camp fire in the evening, lovely bird sightings at the swamp which is 100 mts away from the estate, 1 km walk and you reach a beautiful water fall. Bird sightings Mudumalai -Grey wagtail,Egret like bird with a dark brown back,Malabar squirrel,Grey hornbill -m/f Bandipur - Shrike, Jungle fowl , Pied kingfisher, Spotted bill duck, Hoopoe, Crested serpent eagle,Red wattled lapwing, Oriole,Spotted dove , Cattle egret ,Painted stork
Photo of Wilderness,Allurvayal, Thorpally Mudumalai by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Wilderness,Allurvayal, Thorpally Mudumalai by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Wilderness,Allurvayal, Thorpally Mudumalai by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Wilderness,Allurvayal, Thorpally Mudumalai by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Wilderness,Allurvayal, Thorpally Mudumalai by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Wilderness,Allurvayal, Thorpally Mudumalai by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Wilderness,Allurvayal, Thorpally Mudumalai by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Wilderness,Allurvayal, Thorpally Mudumalai by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Edakkal Caves, Nenmeni, Kerala, India by Harita Vinnakota
Small town in Kerala with ATMs and Petrol bunks enroute Bandipur to Coorg, be cool with the coconut oil based cooking in order to enjoy the local cuisine
Photo of Sulthan Bathery, Kerala, India by Harita Vinnakota
Small town enroute Bandipur to Coorg where we stopped over to rescue a canine accident victim. NGO called - Prakriti Save Nature trust
We stayed at a lovely home stay called - Spice Glade, Bajekolly estate managed by a wonderful couple - Jesvin, Cariappa From this place we visited the Nagarhole tiger reserve as well as Wayanad tiger reserve Bird sightings Kutta (near Wayanad Sanctuary) - Black drongo,Bronze drongo,Plum headed parakeet,Magpie robin, Common woodpecker,Hill Mynah, Red vented bulbul , Little spider hunter Nagarhole -Indian roller, Grey Hornbill
Photo of Kutta, Karnataka, India by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Kutta, Karnataka, India by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Kutta, Karnataka, India by Harita Vinnakota
Beautiful estate right in the middle of wilderness, we never had to step out of the estate for anything. the huge estate gave us a wonderful opportunity for amazing bird sighting. Ammathi -Swallow - dusky craig martin, Red vented bulbul, Greater coucal,Grey wagtail, Grey hornbill, Barbet (not copper smith), Racket tail drongo, Spotted dove, Brahminy kite,Parakeet, Green bee-eater
Photo of Ammathi, Karnataka, India by Harita Vinnakota
Photo of Ammathi, Karnataka, India by Harita Vinnakota