I had a transit time left with me in my project; where else can one plan being a wildlife lover?? Yes this time it was a drive to Mudumalai Tiger Reserve.
Called up Wildlife warden – ooty for bookings at mudumalai tiger reserve, the booking process is made ease.
The plan was to halt at Mysore on 14th Feb 12 and early morning drive to Bandipura and then reach Mudumalai.
We started our wildlife odyssey to bandipura on 15th Feb 12 at 5.00Am from Mysore, the roads were deserted. Sindhu was really happy with the long and early morning drives.
Finally we entered Bandipura Tiger Reserve; you won’t believe there is so much of traffic where I could count 10 vehicles per minute. I was really disappointed with the starting of my trip. My mind insisted me to take an about turn and drive straight to KGudi… 🙂
Hmmmmm… with no hopes in such condition we silently moved on to check the availability of the jungle safaris, another disappointment was awaiting me there were nearly 40 cars parked in front of the department and waiting for their turn.
Sindhu suggested that we move on and reach mudumalai. The climate was chill and very pleasant we spotted Indian Peacocks beside the road and common langurs were in plenty.
I would take few lines to tell you about Mudumalai: Courtesy – Wikipedia.
The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills on the interstate boundaries with Karnataka Mudumalai, which means ‘first hills’, is one of the first wildlife sanctuaries established in India. The sanctuary is divided into 5 ranges – Masinagudi (in Karnataka), Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota.
One can often spot herds of endangered Indian elephants, vulnerable Gaurs, and Chitals. The sanctuary is a haven for Bengal Tigers and Indian Leopards and other threatened species. There are at least 266 species of birds in the sanctuary, including critically endangered species like the Indian White-rumped Vulture and the long-billed vulture.
Upon enquiry we were told that hotel “TamilNadu” serves breakfast in theppakadu a short walk from the forest dept lead us to our breakfast table. With still more time remaining we made our way towards Bandipura.
After spending some time we moved on further without any action we reached bandipura forest department the time was 10.30Am, we decided to drive back by the time we reach we were supposed to get the cottage. On the way back we observed the peahen on the road and moved ahead with capturing the beauty.
A slow drive took 45 mins to reach Thepakadu, I went and enquired the cottage status and luckily I was handed over the keys to occupy. It was 5km from Thepakadu and towards “Gudlur” town.
The board stating “Abhayaranyam – Mudumalai Tiger Reserve” welcomed us. Short drives uphill from the sign board lead us to our beautiful cottage.
The early morning alarm woke us up at 5.30Am, after refreshing ourselves we started for a morning wilderness drive towards bandipura and moyar road.
Moyar road was standstill with out any sightings we returned back to Masinagudi and drove towards bandipura, the mist had covered the entire locale few common langurs were already doing the watchman job on the top of the tree. Honking Lorry’s, Buses, and Jeeps started rushing towards ooty in the speed of 60-70km. Though Forest department have put the sign boards and speed breakers to slow down, none of the vehicles will follow…
Few other birds which we spotted en-route to bengaluru were “Red-vented Bulbul”, “Green Bee eaters” and “White belied drongo”.
- Indian Roller
- Brahminy Kite
- Brahminy Starling
- Purple sunbirds
- Scarlet minivet
- Black drongos
- White belied drongo
- Blue capped thrush
- Serpent Eagle
- Ashy prinia
- Indian peacock
- Common Myna
- Jungle crow
- Jungle babbler
- Greater flame back woodpecker
- Rose ringed parakeets
- Spotted dove
- Asian koel
- Pied Bushchat
- Green bee eaters
- White throated king fisher
- Indian wagtail
Mammals spotted @ Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
Driving direction to Mudumalai:
Distance covered: 250km one way