Located in a beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu, Masinagudi is definitely an offbeat destination. Approximately 240 Kms from Bangalore, it was truly an adventurous destination for a weekend.
Planned to take a weekend long mini break. We chose Inn the Wild Jungle Stay as our abode for 2 days. Located near Mudumalai National Park, in Nilgiri district, from Black Panther to jumbo elephants, the Indian Wilddogs a.k.a Dhole, Masinagudi Leopards, Sloths, around 300 varities of birds, gaur, etc, you can spot these wild animals as near as your doorstep.
The highlight of our tour was the jeep ride from where you get down in the bus stop to the resort is quite adventures with sloppy roads, covered in vegetation of all kind, tall trees, creeks makes it very exciting to venture and try to spot wildlife to see if its your lucky day, while holding your luggage and yourself tight on the tumbling off beat roads.
You can choose from Standalone mini tree house, tree top, tribal homes and Jungle shacks. We choose tribal homes as we were a large group. Tribal homes are basically quaint thatched-roofed structure embellished with tribal art — includes bedroom, attached bathroom and outer sit out area. Bathroom is as big as it gets.
We did hung around in tree houses to get an aerial view of the large wildlife habited area of this resort (easily available as our whole group were the only group in the resort)
Inn the Wild Jungle Stay is packed with lot of jungle safaris at night, Library, indoor and outdoor game areas, Bonfire, Machaan Views, Birding views.
Their library is unique because not only can books be borrowed but they can be bartered as well. Just bring in books that you are bored with and exchange them for others in the library that interest you. With this barter concept, you as a guest keep the library dynamic for other guests as well.
For Night or Day Safaris, you can hire private jeeps that would come and pick you up from you accommodation itself.
Night safaris are always thrilling, Forest by night and moonlight by the waterhole with their in-house naturalist. Usually starts around 9:30 to 10:00 pm.
The elephant and jungle safaris also organized by the Forest Department are undoubtedly the largest attraction in Masinagudi.
The weather is pleasant all round the year and can be visited anytime.