Masinagudi is a small village that is located on the outskirts of Mudumalai Wildlife Sancturary. It is located at around 12 km from Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border, and 7 km from Mudumalai Forest office. Masinagudi is an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiast. There are several activities that can be done by taking permission from the forest department. Be it organized trek on the outskirts of the forest (trekking inside the forest is prohibited), taking a jeep safari to spot several wild life, drive in the rural areas of Masinagudi where humans and wildlife meet very often and so on. Wide range of wild animals can be spotted while trekking or taking a jeep safari. Spotted Deers, Sambar Deers, Mongoose Deers, Blackbucks, Bisons, Elephants, Wild Boars, Sloth Bears, porcupines, snakes, mongoose, rabbits, and the list just goes on and on.
River Crossing by deers
Elephants in Ooty – Masinagudi Main Road
Of course, elephants can be domestic too!
Trekking inside the forest outskirts
Tiger Pugmark inside the forest
Bison / Indian Gaur
Birdlife at Masinagudi
Domestic Animals at Masinagudi
Masinagudi, being at the outskirts of the reserved forests, has good amount of human population that rises several domestic animals too. It is surprising to know that there are places which are inhabited by tigers during night times, and domestic animals gaze through during day time!
Moyar Village and Falls
Moyar is a small village that is 11 km from Masinagudi. This is the last village in this direction and the road ends in this village. This route of 11 km passes through the outskirts of Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. A small water channel runs parallel to the road, and this attracts several wild animals during dry and summer season. The whole road length of 11 km between Masinagudi and Moyar does not have any houses nor any civilization. Hence it is great to drive through this road to spot wild animals. Deers, elephants and bisons are often found in this road. But be careful, do not get down your vehicle and step inside the forest as it may prove to be very dangerous. The village of Moyar is very scenic where a lake forms the heart of the village.
If you get forest permission from Masinagudi, you can even take a small trek to Moyar Falls. This is a wonderful and scenic two-step waterfall amidst thick forest where the water drops down several feet into gorge that is surrounded by high hills. Forest department rarely gives permission to visit this falls, and the terrain near the falls is very slippery, and there have been unfortunate incidents in the past where few lives were lost when they slipped and fell into the gorge.
Where to stay?
- Mudumalai Forest Guest House
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