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Old 3rd May 2013, 01:40   #46
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Lovely Travelogue. My family and I never thought of visiting Masinagudi on the few trips we have had made to Ooty. We will make it a point to go there on our next trip.
Thanks for pointing us in the right direction.
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a wonderful travelogue in pictures. absolutely amazing!
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I am big fan of you travelogues.
The opening image is quite a clincher. Simply superb narrative with few words & many pictures. Eagerly waiting for more.
I love the perspectives of images. Simply beautiful. By the way while on drive how do you manage to find time to take so many "well done" shots
Thanks wireless. I was there for some days, hence could fork out some time for clicks

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Simply awesome pics!! Was looking for some travel location post Summer (didn't want to get to Ooty in summer) and your travelogue seems to have made the decision for me!!
Thanks n_mouli.

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Lovely Travelogue. My family and I never thought of visiting Masinagudi on the few trips we have had made to Ooty. We will make it a point to go there on our next trip.
Thanks for pointing us in the right direction.
Regards,
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Thanks Ashok. Masinagudi turned out as a surprise to us too.

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a wonderful travelogue in pictures. absolutely amazing!
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Lovely pictures. What camera and lens did you use?
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Lovely pictures. What camera and lens did you use?
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It's just a Nikon D90, with kit lens and a 70-300 used some times
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Day 01
11th April 2013
Bangalore - Kanakapura - Chamraj Nagar - Gundlupet - Bandipur - Masinagudi

We started from Bangalore by 05:00AM. I wanted to avoid driving through Mysore road, so decided to drive via Kanakapura route.

Took Nice road and exited at Kanakapura road and continued on towards Kollegal. We reached the famous Shivana Samudra falls by around 06:45AM. Since we had already seen GaganChukki falls in a recent trip to Wayanad (which I have not yet written about), we decided to visit Bhara Chukki Falls.

We reached the Bhara Chukki falls detour by 07:00AM. Well this is quite impressive, in two hours from Bangalore you can reach a nice falls.
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Note the advice given about the precautions to be taken here
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Parked our Civvy

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There was an old bridge across the river

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Looked quite impressive
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It's quite long too
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It was time to go to the falls

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We drove to Bhara Chukki falls only to be told that the gates open after 08:30AM, well that was at least a 1.5 hours wait. Decided not to wait now, and to continue onward to Masinagudi.

But we wanted to rest for a while
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Parked Civvy under a nice tree.
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PPGs took a Power nap, while I tried some clicks

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Civvy looks quite beautiful these days
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Day 01
11th April 2013
Masinagudi

We started by 08:00AM from Bhara Chukki and drove towards Masinagudi. After crossing into Tamil Nadu, we saw this fellow happily grazing near the road.
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He was not disturbed by the amount of passing vehicles

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He went on doing his business
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A pity, he never looked at us!

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We reached Mudhumalai by 10:30AM
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Our rooms will be ready only by 12:00. Hence decided to contribute to the local economy and hired a jeep.

We hired a jeep

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Jr. PPG all happy to be in the jeep!

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Nilgiri Police have given a clean chit to the jeep
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We decided to go to Moyar
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Jr. PPG all smiles with the bumpy ride

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Some 10 odd kilometers to Moyar
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You can drive your vehicles to this place, but since I just wanted to talk to the guys from this place, a jeep ride was better as you can take all the info you want from the jeep driver and can gauge first hand what is around there. Damages - Rs 600 for a trip of two hours.

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Day 01
11th April 2013
Masinagudi

We reached Moyar Dam by 11:00AM
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Wifey tired after a 15KM jeep ride
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Found a cormorant

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Trees were growing inside the Dam!

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Jr. PPG enjoys the nice breeze

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The others join in too

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Jr. PPG did not want to leave this place!
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Beautiful

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One for the album
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It was nice to be there amidst the colourful flowers and the waters of Moyar Dam

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By 11:30AM we started back to Mudumalai

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Day 01
11th April 2013
Masinagudi

Hey we saw some spotted deer too
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Narrow roads from Moyar

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Yellow flowers were every where this season
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We reached Masinagudi by 12:00. But our Civvy was at Theppekkadu
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Ooty is just 29KM from Masinagudi

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And our resort was just another 5KM
, but then we needed to get our Civvy back.
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Masinagudi has a Police Station too

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There is a checkpost towards Mudhumalai. It is open from 06:00AM till 10:00PM
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Mudhumalai is a Tiger Reserve

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We went towards Mudhumalai
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It gave a feel of autumn!

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But mostly the place was dry
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Nice Tree

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At some places the forest was fenced too

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Day 01
11th April 2013
Masinagudi

By 13:00 hours we were in our cottage

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Jr. PPG relaxes on a hammock
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After some relaxation me and Jr. PPG decided to explore the resort

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A lot of Bamboos all around the place
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Jr. PPG gets herself a souvenir
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Jr . PPG finds a good swing!
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A bird house too!
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Lots of Chikkoo

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Jr. PPG pets a striped cat
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We found a pool
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Jr. PPG certifies it as unusably dirty
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Still there are some rules to be followed
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Civvy rests for a while

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Jr. PPG checks out the boards
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We then rested for a while till evening.

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Day 01
11th April 2013
Masinagudi

After some two hours of rest I decided to get out to explore Singara. Jr. PPG decided to join me in the venture. Sr. PPG and Wifey decided to continue their rest. So we both drove out by 15:30 hours from the resort towards Singara.

The resort was near a small hill

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Jr. PPG played a bit the friendly calf

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Civvy waiting for us to get back

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We drove all the way till Singara Checkpost

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It was a prohibited area
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We needed permission to enter this area

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We did not have permissions, but still when I spoke to the security staff they allowed me to enter with one request not to photograph anything there. I obliged, and along with Jr. PPG walked around the place. This is the place where power is generated from the waters from Glennmorgan. We saw the pen stocks which bring the water from Glennmorgan dam till here. We went in search of the winch through which the power house staff checks out the setup. Unfortunately that were stationed at the mid point and we could not see it. But still we were happy to have understood the orientation of the place. There is a guest house here and with permission from TNEB, you can stay there it seems. But then not in this trip. Will do some more research before deciding to stay back one day there. Singara forest is dense and wildlife sightings are quite good as per the information I got. There are safaris possible in the early morning here for a cost of Rs 3500. Well that too got kept for another trip.


An abandoned house enroute Singara
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We stopped near Singara Estate

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Civvy looked quite beautiful
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We continued our drive back
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Winding roads

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I could not stop drooling over Civvy's beauty
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Masinagudi

We found a gated Tunnel
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It looked intriguing
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Jr. PPG runs towards me with a query
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Where does this tunnel lead to?
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Well that is a query for my next visit with the required permissions
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Jr. PPG gets me a video


We found a nice spot to rest for a while
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Jr. PPG looks on
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Friends forever

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She gets me another one


And she catches me having some fun too


It was time for us to get back from Singara. We drove toward Moyar dam again. this time in our Civvy.

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Day 01
11th April 2013
Masinagudi

We reached Chikkamman Temple by 17:00 hours
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We were alone there

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Some pictures from Chikkamman Temple

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Some where beyond the trees you can see the Moyar river flowing through deep gorges
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We continued in search of Moyar gorge till we met this guy
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So me and Jr. PPG aborted the mission to the gorge for now.
More over this place was full of wild dogs
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And we drove towards Moyar Dam
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Moyar gorge is a deep valley formed by Moyar river. There is also a waterfalls - Sigur Falls, which is in the banned area for Public. Next time with permissions would try to go there.

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Day 01
11th April 2013
Masinagudi

We reachd Moyar Dam by 17:30.
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We just had a slight drizzle and the area was feeling heavenly
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We were the only ones around

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Jr. PPg gets down to the water

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Jr. PPG was so happy to be there
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She checks out the canal that brings water to Moyar Dam

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It all looked wonderful
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The flow was less
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Civvy amidst the beautiful flowers
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Some cattle came around to break the silence we enjoyed
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A curious doggie came to check us out :
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It was getting late so we decided to start back.

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Masinagudi

We stopped by Maravkandy Dam
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There was a temple there
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The deity

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The Dam was prohibited for us

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We did not notice that we have disturbed the langurs

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They started to get away from there!
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The family getting ready to jump to the next tree
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The big one

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The small one

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The Big one looking on from the other side

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Mom with the baby focussing

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And there they go
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Time for us to leave
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Jr. PPg closes the gate and gets ready to go
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