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Old 29th April 2013, 16:18   #1
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It's summer, It's summer holidays, need to go somewhere...

The kids and the kid inside me love to travel, and we are always looking for a reason. What best reason than summer?

But then where to go? It's not just warm, its hot everywhere, Bangalore sweltering at 37 degree, with no rains in sight...

We needed it cool, but then all hill stations around Bangalore were warm too, and being holiday season it would be undoubtedly crowded. Ooty being our favourite, have lost count of how many times we visited Ooty, but then not now.

While talking to one of my colleagues in office, we spoke about the Blue Ocean Strategy! And that settled it. Let's make a new demand in an uncontested market place - let the crowd go to Ooty, but let us go Masinagudi.

Masinagudi
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Old 29th April 2013, 16:29   #2
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The Plan

Day 01 : 11th April 2013 : Bangalore - Kanakapura - Chamraj Nagar - Gundlupet - Bandipur - Masinagudi
Day 02 : 12th April 2013 : Masinagudi
Day 03 : 13th April 2013 : Masinagudi
Day 04 : 14th April 2013 : Masinagudi - Gudalur - Wayanad - Gundlupet - Chamaraj Nagar - Kanakapura - Bangalore

A total of 913KM and good fun.
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Old 29th April 2013, 16:44   #3
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Masinagudi

Masinagudi is the small wayside town you ignore in your rush toward Ooty. Ooty is around 25 kilometres from here, and you would ignore this place for the thrills of the 36 hairpins ahead! I did that too, almost all this while. But when I decided to head to Masinagudi and only Masinagudi, I was awestruck at the beauty that I missed all this while - though the weather was not just the best to be around this time. But then hey! we brought rains to Masinagudi too.

Masinagudi is inside Mudhumalai National Park and Wild Life Sanctuary. The sanctuary is divided into 5 ranges – Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota.

Masinagudi is an amazing location, it acts like a wildlife corridor - to the north you have Bandipur and Nagarahole, to the west you have Wayanad, to the south you have Mukruthi and Silent Valley and to the east you have Sathyamangalam
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We drove near a very old bridge
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We stopped by for power naps under cool shades
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We drove in narrow roads

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We stopped by to enjoy the colours too
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We petted some striped cats too
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We tried to enter some prohibited area! We did enter!!
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We tried to drive into the tunnel
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We drooled over Civvy's beauty, Civvy's 6 years and nearly a lakh clocked!
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We were welcomed
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We saw a cutie pie
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We saw a peacock
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Hey make that two

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He danced for us
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Friends forever
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Colourful

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Beautiful
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Isolated
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We stopped by Mudhumalai
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He was having some fun
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Passive look
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We did some amateur birding too

Red Whiskered Bulbul

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A Robin showed up
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This fellow seemed very angry!
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Mouthful
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Acrobatics
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This fellow was annoyed at us!!

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This fellow sang for us
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Serious

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What is this fellow upto? All puffed up
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Tiny
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Another Peacock
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Another Robin turned up
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It was all dry around
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Civvy wondering where the greenery has vanished!
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We went in search of greens only to find a loner

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We desperately needed the shade!
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We cooled ourselves at Singara
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Absolutely Beautiful
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We enjoyed our time
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We were amazed at how tall the trees were
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We enjoyed the sunset
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We enjoyed the morning rays too!
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We had a game of badminton too
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Tried a hand at farming!
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We were taken back a few decades in life
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We went behind a mongoose only to scare him
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Miles to go... Having come this far how can you not drive to Ooty
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We stopped at Kalhatty Check Post, Kalhatty falls is dry, completely dry
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Ooty - it was a pleasant 22 degrees
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We shivered a bit too
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You can read about Ooty here (Swifted : Ooty)
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All shades were welcome
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We drove into Kerala for Vishu and was greeted by Kani Konna (Cassia Fistula or the Golden Shower Tree)
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We checked out a waterfall too
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We had a coracle ride thrown in
too !
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And yes we cooled us down regularly too...

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Masinagudi was fun, and we loved the place. Nothing much to do than to lazily roam around in the forests. There are many safari options for the wild life enthusiasts.

But for us and Civvy it was another fun drive.

I will post the day accounts soon.
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Mod note: Thread moved from Assembly Line to Travelogues. Thanks for sharing.
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dear laluks, could give the name of the cottage where did you stayed? and i hope it was moyar dam, right?
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Wow and Wow!!! Your snaps only get better and better!! You have captured the forests in summer beautifully, fantastic Lalu. Thanks for sharing.
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