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Old 11th October 2010, 15:40   #106
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That was quite an experience you had. And the description was edge of the seat kind - very very thrilling. Enjoyed the ride through your eyes, man..thanks for sharing

You are right - it is once in a lifetime experience, spotting a tiger in the forest, and that too in the night!! Great!! Night in the jungle is extremely exciting since our senses itself would be stronger and every sound would seem amplified. Even the breaking of a twig would make us turn our heads

You said your mon-in-law was just 5-6 feet away. Does it mean that the side of the car she was sitting was closest for the elephants or (I hope not) were you outside the car?
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Jacs, happy to note that you spotted the beast finally. I can feel the enthusiasm as I read your post. You indeed seem to have a nice time out there. Especially I would also love to go on a foot safari into the jungles with a person like Siddu. That should have been a marvelous experience.
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That was quite an experience you had. And the description was edge of the seat kind - very very thrilling. Enjoyed the ride through your eyes, man..thanks for sharing

You are right - it is once in a lifetime experience, spotting a tiger in the forest, and that too in the night!! Great!! Night in the jungle is extremely exciting since our senses itself would be stronger and every sound would seem amplified. Even the breaking of a twig would make us turn our heads

You said your mon-in-law was just 5-6 feet away. Does it mean that the side of the car she was sitting was closest for the elephants or (I hope not) were you outside the car?
Thanks dear. We were in the car only but elephant was close to the side where mom in law was seated. She still remember with shock the trumpet and face to face interaction



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Jacs, happy to note that you spotted the beast finally. I can feel the enthusiasm as I read your post. You indeed seem to have a nice time out there. Especially I would also love to go on a foot safari into the jungles with a person like Siddu. That should have been a marvelous experience.
I am happy to see you happy, I was in dilema how to put things without any good photographs since the time you asked whether any luck on tiger .

Do let me know if you would like to visit "The Wilderness", I can give you the contacts.
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Sure, I would like to go on a safari. But I would like to go on a one in South India where the possibility of spotting the big cat is high. Any ideas on which places would be ideal for this in South India?
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Sure, I would like to go on a safari. But I would like to go on a one in South India where the possibility of spotting the big cat is high. Any ideas on which places would be ideal for this in South India?
toss a coin
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i have been on umpteen safaris and havent seen tiger since 2001 while my guests have come casualy seen a tiger and complained "saw only one tiger"
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Default The Final Day : Morning Safari & Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta

Day 3 : Sunday 26th September 2010


Yes! We reached the final day. Didn’t wanted to get up early but sun sneaked to our room through the glass slit of the roof. I decided to act as if I haven’t noticed it by bulling the blanket to cover my face. What a comfort!


Suddenly a sound “Hoob” “Hoob”, the langur family decided to visit and bid bye since we are vacating. As if he heard the alarm rung, Joshu jumped up telling “tooota” (He meant Langur in baby language!). “Appe” “Amme”, he wanted us to get up and take him outside and show the langurs.

Good Morning Joshu.
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It was just 7:00AM and we are awake! Took him outside to show langur, he was happy to wave his hands to them (sign of bidding bye!). On seeing we are awake, Satheesh brought black coffee to freshen us up. Praveen was already awake in the next cottage and asked if we would like to join for another safari to Mayar (He has already booked Siddu). I looked back to Wifey, she smiled as a sign of yes! Okay the final safari, previous day’s Tiger sighting has revived everyone. We all got ready quickly, packing is yet to be done but not a big deal.

Morning in “The Wilderness”
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The team
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Its 8AM and we decided to drive quickly till Masinagudi so that we could take Mayar route before sun start hitting so hard. We reached Masinagudi around 8:40AM and weather is fresh and bright after the previous days shower. Chances are there for animals returning from the canal after quenching their morning thirst.

We saw some chitals
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As I told earlier, this route is a birds paradise with many varieties. Praveen has a canon DSLR with 55-250IS lens which makes his life easy. He stopped now and then for clicking birds while I tried very few clicks since focusing on 10X was a challenge but today its better due to good lighting conditions.

Bar-winged flycatcher shrike
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Praveen slowed down and showed us this wonderful seen. This ultramarine flycatcher was bathing lavishly in the roadside puddle. For about 3 minutes the show went on and then decided to quit.
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Peahen
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Red-vented Bulbul
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White headed babbler
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We reached Mayar reservoir area and decided to give Joshu some food since it’s already 9:30AM.


(to be continued…)
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Just a quick picnic near the reservoir or the village area.
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After Joshu’s quick breakfast, we decided to start back to resort and packup! On the way back, we were comparably quick still checked if any surprise hosts on the way.

Few miles before Masinagudi, a large herd of chitals crossed the road. I could click only the last one!
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Another stag
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This herd only crossed the road
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Just few clicks to satisfy me for the day
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(to be continued…)
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We reached Masinagudi around 10AM and has time till 12 (~1PM) to vacate. Why not another trip to Singara, we haven’t seen this place in day light since the previous trips were at night. Its lush green everywhere and road is free from traffic. We drove happily, only animals seen were Chitals, monkeys and lot of domesticated cattles.

A cactus flower
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This beauiful mountains form a border on one side of the road
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Some open space, may be tomorrow's golf course
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Road towards Singara, Praveen's car can be visible
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We are reaching Singara Estate
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This is the tunnel to dam area, restricted only for EB.
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Some chital stags
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We drove back after reaching Singara estate and reached back in the resort by 11AM. Hunger hunger for everyone, Siddu told a traditional pongal with sambar and chutney is ready for breakfast. We directly went to the dining area.

Do you see something on the ground?
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(to be continued...)
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The snap #181; The mountain in the snap; Is it the one which walls the Moyar Gorge on the other side?
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Are those mushroom sprouts?
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Old 13th October 2010, 15:31   #116
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The snap #181; The mountain in the snap; Is it the one which walls the Moyar Gorge on the other side?
Not very sure ampere. But I guess its not because of the geographical direction.



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Are those mushroom sprouts?
Congrats, you won!

Here it is...
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After the breakfast around lunch time, we packed quickly. Car is loaded with luggage and we are ready. Everyone had a sentimental moment when it came to bidding good bye to "The Wilderness". It was a home away from home and we never felt we were in a strange locality. Heartily thanked Siddu and Satheesh for the best service. Siddu has handed over some plant sapplings as requested by my wife and some pongal parcel for my little Joshu to have on the way when hungry.

Praveen was also starting back to Bangalore and waved to see in Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta if possible.

We started our return journey around 12:30 noon with a hope in mind to visit again.


(to be continued...)
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You know i went to Kaziranga national park in Assam four times but never saw so much wildlife that you guys did during this single journey. Really lucky, and do let me know what cameras you used during the trip.
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Joe, the pics and the trip keeps getting better and better. Keep the photos coming buddy. Were the mushrooms edible? I just love mushrooms and was wondering if you tried cooking them
San i think he used a Fuji P&S but recently entered the DSLR club with the Canon 1000D. We can look forward to some more excellent logs and photos.
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You know i went to Kaziranga national park in Assam four times but never saw so much wildlife that you guys did during this single journey. Really lucky, and do let me know what cameras you used during the trip.
Hi San,

Thanks for visiting this thread. Yes, we were quite lucky this time to see many animals and birds but the sheer luck we had is spotting "The Tiger" .

All of the snaps in this travelogue were taken on Fuji S5600 which is a 4 year old prosumer cam with 5.1Mpx. Most of the snaps are better than they appear here due to the compression I did on Windows standard tool. Anyways after the trip, upgraded to a 1000D so that I have enough time to learn the DSLR funda before the next trip and shoot something more serious.



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Joe, the pics and the trip keeps getting better and better. Keep the photos coming buddy. Were the mushrooms edible? I just love mushrooms and was wondering if you tried cooking them
San i think he used a Fuji P&S but recently entered the DSLR club with the Canon 1000D. We can look forward to some more excellent logs and photos.
ET, those mushrooms are not poisonous and can be eaten. To my bad I saw it on the final moment only and didnt had time to taste it!

And regarding this travelogue, I am slowly approaching the end. Maybe just about 30 snaps more...
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Jacs,
Your travelogue is getting better and interesting with your narration and photographs. Keep it coming.
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