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Old 5th October 2010, 13:22   #61
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Thats quite a trip that you had, jacs. Wonderful write-up.


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Some elephants hiding in the jungle
Yes, quite literally they are hiding - couldnt spot any in this photograph

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Nice write up Jacs! I have travelled through Masinagudi while coming back from Ooty few years back. A beautiful road. Couldn't stop anywhere as my wife is very scared of Elephants and the sign boards advising people not to stop the car in the jungle made her pray all the way till the forest area was over.
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Did you take the evening safari? Did you spot the Tiger? Waiting for the rest of your experience.
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The best thing about the whole drive through the forest is Anticipation. Not knowing what animal is hiding where and what if a big cat suddenly pops out of nowhere brings such a thrill to the ride. And not to forget the serene peace of mother nature, no human noise at all apart from an occasional vehicle passing by....
When we reached the checkpost the backside window was rolled down and my friend on the back seat was munching his way through a packet of chips. And suddenly from nowhere this monkey comes and jumps on to the door and all hell broke loose in the car. I infact got scared for a second that finally a tiger or an elephant gone wild has decided to pay us a visit. It all got over within a flash and ofcourse the monkey succeeded in procuring a packet of lays for himself
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Thats quite a trip that you had, jacs. Wonderful write-up.

Yes, quite literally they are hiding - couldnt spot any in this photograph

Eagerly waiting for the next episode
Thanks, next episode today itself! BW if you can strain your eyes a little, two gray rock like elephant backs can be spoted



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Nice write up Jacs! I have travelled through Masinagudi while coming back from Ooty few years back. A beautiful road. Couldn't stop anywhere as my wife is very scared of Elephants and the sign boards advising people not to stop the car in the jungle made her pray all the way till the forest area was over.
Thanks Jag. If its in dark and windows rolled down, she would faint down to hear the strange sounds



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Did you take the evening safari? Did you spot the Tiger? Waiting for the rest of your experience.
Joe, yes we did had the evening safari but before that few more good things of interest to all to be shared. Sorry to keep you waiting.



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The best thing about the whole drive through the forest is Anticipation. Not knowing what animal is hiding where and what if a big cat suddenly pops out of nowhere brings such a thrill to the ride. And not to forget the serene peace of mother nature, no human noise at all apart from an occasional vehicle passing by....
When we reached the checkpost the backside window was rolled down and my friend on the back seat was munching his way through a packet of chips. And suddenly from nowhere this monkey comes and jumps on to the door and all hell broke loose in the car. I infact got scared for a second that finally a tiger or an elephant gone wild has decided to pay us a visit. It all got over within a flash and ofcourse the monkey succeeded in procuring a packet of lays for himself
Thats true! Porcupines once scared me like hell when I stayed in a cardamom plantation. On hearing the sound through dry leaves, I thought its a lone tusker .

And yes monkeys are quite dangerous here. Especially because people feed them, they expect the same from everyone and try to steal things from cars.

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I did not know you can drive down to the Hydel station, without any permission!
That is great! The Moyar road from Masinagudi I thought was closed for public.

About the Moyar river valley, I had mentioned earlier in a different post:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ml#post2053814 (Banglore-Mysore-Bandipur-Ooty)

It is an important river as it joins the eastern and the western ghats.

Great snaps there! Were you able to spot the Moyar Gorge (as I am told).

About Hotel booking:

One should book only at the portal of the hotel. Third party bookings can become bit dubious
(discounting popular sites like Make-My-Trip etc. I have never gone through them).
I used MakeMyTrip for booking my hotels once and holidays once for business trip. We took a package from this website at Kodaikanal. All bookings were good, we were well received by the hotel authorities, even they arranged for a car to pick us up from the tourist bus station (Chennai to Kodai was on bus, Parveen A/C Volvo). All in all my experience with Makemytrip is good.

During my business trip, I checked with the hotel directly for the tariff. It was 700Rs higher than through Makemytrip. The hotel reception welcomed me with a smile and said "Oh Makemytrip, Welcome to our hotel".

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(Day one completes here….Day two starts tomorrow…)


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Was Searching for seven stars to rate this thread ! I am sorry I did not find it! May be rating here would also be fine - "Exceptionally Outstanding"

Man you said you are not good at writing and this is what you can do! I wonder how good you would be in those areas you claim yourself as a professional?

Keep writing, I loved the entire thread for its good "Life like writing", "Your appreciations for the little things", "photographs" etc.

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Was Searching for seven stars to rate this thread ! I am sorry I did not find it! May be rating here would also be fine - "Exceptionally Outstanding"

Man you said you are not good at writing and this is what you can do! I wonder how good you would be in those areas you claim yourself as a professional?

Keep writing, I loved the entire thread for its good "Life like writing", "Your appreciations for the little things", "photographs" etc.

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I think you can rate me a jack of all trade, master of none catagory and too lazy to reach a professional. When I compare my writing skills with fellow BHPians, I rate myself a 2 star and photographs again nothing more than 3 star. But the encouragement and support I recieve from you guys, its 5 star!

NFS, Thanks a lot for your words of appreciation.
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On the way towards the resort, we could see butterflies everywhere that too Blue tigers only. As we got closer to the exit check post, the numbers doubled. Few of them managed to get inside the car and little Joshu jumped with joy. We reached around 10:30AM and poor guy Siddu was waiting for us to serve breakfast (though lunch time is near). Directly headed to the dining [hut.

This is our dining hut
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Its made around a real tree
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Joshu after his breakfast
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Today’s menu: Bread butter jam, Egg omelets, Poori and Potato kurma! No need to write we had enough. We decided to sip the coffee taking rest in the back yard. Weather was pleasant and the view to the hills were just mind-blowing. There were lot of flowering and fruit plants all around, I tried some clicks while others decided to review the trip till date.

Verandah from where we could see the landscapes
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Joshu was enjoying to his max
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Looks like beads!
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I love this hill view
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Couldnt get any closer than this but no effective focus
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Jasmines
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I looked out closely to the field and the scene triggered goose bumps on me .

(to be continued...)

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There are no tigers in Bandipur anymore. Its just a belief. But yes, sometime, if one is very lucky, they get to spot a leopard.
There are 140 tigers in the BAndipur forest area, as per the Naturalist in Jungle Lodges. and yes, we did spot one when we went.. check my tlog on bandipur.
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There are 140 tigers in the BAndipur forest area, as per the Naturalist in Jungle Lodges. and yes, we did spot one when we went.. check my tlog on bandipur.
smsrini, I did mention about your thread (check the below post). So the census result of 100+ stays authentic. Happy to see big cats are bettering from extinct.


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Oh thats sad! But the forest department guy, a wildlife photographer whom I met during safari and my tribal guide Siddu told the same figure 100+ including Bandipur, Mudumalai, Wayanad, Nagarhole and Kabini.

Spotting a striped cat is not that easy these days. But another BHPian spotted one recently, check this http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-bandipur.html (All in a Days Drive.. Bandipur..)

Also Moyar hydel project area is being visited by a beast recently as mentioned by me. Plus Wait for my upcoming posts, some tiger stories coming .

Do provide us the details about striped cats, its a pleasure for all of us. Doctor Abheek Ghosh is also subscribed to this thread, he is an avid wildlife enthusiast.

Many lucky ones spot them while simply travelling (not safari) to some destinations via this route. My neighbour spotted one few years back while crossing the road just few KMs after Gunlupet towards Wayanad (not at all expected in village sides).
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I looked out closely to the field and the scene triggered goose bumps on me .

Do you see anything in the below photo?

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Little more closer look, anything?

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Again more coser, anything catching your attention?

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Earlybird prizes are there, please rush your responses!


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Earlybird prizes are there, please rush your responses!


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What's that, an elephant hidden behind the foliage??
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Do you see anything in the below photo?


Earlybird prizes are there, please rush your responses!


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Is this one of those 3D photos where we got to look cross eyed and something pops out? I cant see anything
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Default Delight for eyes!

Thanks for straining your eyes Addy & Raj.


You can surely see what I am talking about from the below picture.
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Now go back to the old images and see if you could get an idea about the numbers .


I couldn’t control my joy; never in life have I seen that many butterflies (not even in Bannerghetta Butterfly Park). It’s not hundreds, not even in thousands, still more! No words to explain my feeling, enjoy the snaps.

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Thanks for straining your eyes Addy & Raj.


You can surely see what I am talking about from the below picture.
Wow, looks great, so many. Well, we couldnt catch them as we were straining to see something more bigger . Looking forward to the complete set .
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