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Old 13th May 2011, 15:57   #61
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Been wanting to visit this place for sometime now. Do you have any contact info on the booking office in Bangalore? DCF stands for deputy conservator of forests? Think I'll visit this place in August, slush gallore
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I didn't do the booking, so I am not sure where it was done. However, the DCF office didn't inform the camp about the booking. So I am not sure how much that will help.

You could however check Texwoods or stay in CKM which is barely 1.5hours away.
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Been wanting to visit this place for sometime now. Do you have any contact info on the booking office in Bangalore? DCF stands for deputy conservator of forests? Think I'll visit this place in August, slush gallore
DCF does stand for Deputy Conservator of Forests. Isn't the same terminology used in other parts of India?

You will need to contact the DCF in Chikmagalur under whom Muthodi range falls.

Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bhadra Wildlife Division, Chikmagalur
Tel.no - (08262) 234904
Fax - (08262) 230032


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e) What is this ShegiKhan guest house (hope i am pronouncing it correctly)? Is there accomodation there?
f) Were you able to see any animals? Since Muthodi is other end of Bhadra Tiger reserve, did you sight any?
It is pronounced as see-gay-khan.

You can probably sight elephants, gaur and barking deer apart from the regular Chital. Apparently, there is a very high population of barking deer here. Recently, there was news that a dead tiger was found in a nearby estate. So, there should be tigers, but again, sighting is a matter of luck (for any kind of wildlife and not only the tiger).


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I didn't do the booking, so I am not sure where it was done. However, the DCF office didn't inform the camp about the booking. So I am not sure how much that will help.
It would be better to get your bookings done from Chikmagalur rather than Bangalore because of the gaps in communication. This way, you can eliminate one level form the chain. The booking done at Aranya Bhavan in Bangalore will be forwarded to the DCF office in Chikmagalur who in turn informs the Range Forest Officer in Muthodi.

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....We were in our 4X2 safari 2.2 Safari. Since we desparately wanted to venture inside the forest and the official jeeps were not available we decided to venture out on our own. A short distance from the camp we saw a very promising forest track on the left . Decided to explore the trail and turned in, later we realised that this was the trail leading to the Shingekhan guest house. Was a great drive and the car had no issues reaching there, also encountered fresh elephant dung on the trail. The guest house was locked but the views from the parking area are to die for. Here are some photos...
How is the road condition from the main road to Seegekhan guest house? Is it possible for a car (swift) or an MUV like the Qualis/Tavera to make the journey on that road?

EDIT: I just read Samurai's post. Looks like a Qualis can manage if driven carefully.

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IIRC, Samurai has said that only 4x4 vehicles can make the journey upto Seegekhan (that was only in monsoon I guess). But seeing your 2wd safari doing it, I'm getting some hope.
Please see the last line of the following post. I have specifically said 4x4 is not required.

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-e...tml#post946953
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Please see the last line of the following post. I have specifically said 4x4 is not required.

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-e...tml#post946953

Any MUV with good GC can do this road to the guest house from the main road, but cars will find it extremely difficult if not imposssible
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After lunch we again spend hours discussing where to go. Some donít want enter the forest only to stop at the bridge. We finally decide to just go on road to Kemmanugundi (22Kms away) and back. My main purpose it to shoot photographs, so I donít want to drive, but on hindsight I should have.
Samurai-san,

Does the Muthodi-Kemmannugundi direct route goes via Attigundi or is there another route that is not visible in Google maps. Via Attigundi the distance is coming to 61kms. We plan to take this route this weekend (in Bullets though).

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Does the Muthodi-Kemmannugundi direct route goes via Attigundi or is there another route that is not visible in Google maps. Via Attigundi the distance is coming to 61kms. We plan to take this route this weekend (in Bullets though).

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I think this is the route, don't know the name of the village. You have to take a right turn after 16kms from Kemmanugundi, on the Kemmanugundi-Chikmaglur road.

Details are here: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ml#post1117952 (River Tern Jungle Lodge, Kemmanugundi and then someÖ)

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