Masinagudi is a serene and tranquil hill station located near Mysore in the Nilgiri district. A haven for animal and bird lovers, this place is a mesmerizing and spectacular place to be close to nature. This is a great place to get away from the monotony of daily life and enjoy some peaceful time relaxing. The variegated hills and verdant trees that surround the place makes it look magical and beautiful. A trip to Masinagudi will definitely make you wonder about the beauties of nature and leave you dumbfounded. This place with its quietude and many wonders of nature is a gem that must be visited.
Flora and Fauna
Masinagudi is home to a large variety of flora and fauna. A myriad number of animals inhabit this place and can be spotted roaming around. Some of them include tigers, wild elephants, grey langur, flying lizard, Sambar Deer, Wild boar and Giant Flying Squirrel. A large number of snakes including Python and Cobra can also be spotted along with reptiles. A number of birds including migratory birds can also be seen chirping perched on the trees in Masinagudi. Some of them include Malabar Hornbills, white bellied woodpecker, Asian Fairy Bluebirds, Green pigeons, Black eagle, Jungle Bush Quail, Grey headed Bulbul and Green Bee-eaters. The whole place becomes lively and cheerful because of the various animals and birds living here.
Places to Visit
1. Theppakadu Elephant Camp
Theppakadu Elephant Camp located in Masinagudi is a Elephant training camp managed by the Forest Department. The Camps hosts a number of elephants that are trained under the guidance of the forest authority. It is a delight to watch the elephants bathe in the river and obey the commands of the mahout. The elephants look majestic and this place is a must visit.
2. Nilgiri Tea Plantations
Masinagudi is rich in lush green tea plantation and a number of them are located here. You can visit tea plantation and take a lazy stroll amidst fields that are enveloped in the aroma of tea. You will also get to learn and explore the workings of how tea is produced. This would definitely be a fun and enriching experience.
3. Mudumalai National Park
Located at a distance of 17 km from Masinagudi, Mudumalai National Park is a heaven for nature and animal lovers. This National Park is enthusiastically involved in preserving tigers and is home to quite a number of them. This place is also replete with other animals and birds too including elephants, deers, monkeys, leopards, sloth bears, black Flycatcher, eagle, woodpecker bulbuls and wood owl. You can even opt for a Jeep Safari to explore this national park to the fullest. Open: Monday to Sunday, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Entry Fee : INR 15, Jeep Safari: INR 135 per person
4. Bandipura Tiger Reserve and National Park
Located at a distance of around 12 km from Masinagudi, Bandipura Tiger Reserve and National Park is another popular destination to visit amongst nature and animal lovers. Known for conserving tigers this place is home to a large number of animals and birds. Some of them include elephants, spotted deer, gaurs, antelopes, Python, jackal, Peafowl, Indian Rollers, eagles and kingfisher. You can even indulge in jeep safari or bus safari or elephant safari to enjoy the beauty of national park to the fullest and see as many animals and birds as possible. Open: Monday to Sunday, 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM Entry Fee: INR 300, Safari charges extra
4. Moyar River
A serene and tranquil river namely Moyar River is situated at a distance of 7 km from Masinagudi. This river is the best place to sit and relax. You can either dip your feet or your body in the cold water of the river to rejuvenate and refresh yourself. This river also provides picturesque views of nature as it is surrounded by verdant trees and hills.
Things to Do
1. Bird Watching
This place is home to an exceptionally large number of birds. The whole place echoes with the sweet chirpings of these birds. Hence this place is a paradise for bird lovers and bird watchers. You must indulge in bird watching to explore and learn about the different colourful birds that exists and be awestruck by their beauty.
The national parks provide with the amazing opportunity to explore its vast terrain by opting for a Jeep Safari or a bus safari or an elephant safari. The safari rides will enhance your experience of exploring flora and fauna. So indulge in a safari and enjoy the ride.
Masinagudi with all its scenic beauty and charms is a wonderful place to take a vacation and unwind. The lush green trees, flora and fauna make the place serene and tranquil. Make sure to explore the place fully and take the best memories with you in this beautiful place.
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By Air: The closest airport to reach Masinagudi is the Coimbatore Airport which is well connected with all the major cities of India. From this airport Masinagudi is around 123 km away. From here you can easily hire a car and reach your desired destination. By Rail: The closest railway station to reach masinagudi is the Mysore Junction Railway Station. It is located at a distance of 97 km which can be easily covered by hiring a car or a taxi. By Road: Masinagudi is located at a distance of 97 km from Mysore. You can easily hire a car or take your own car to reach this splendid destination and also have a fun road trip along the way. A number of buses run to Madhu Malai from a number of places. From here Masinagudi is at a distance of 17 km which can easily be covered by hiring a taxi.