Adventure & Travel

A Trip to Kabini

06 January  |  Adventure & Travel

Kabini is the gateway to the wilderness of the towering Nilgiris range. It is also a hotspot for adrenaline junkies and wildlife enthusiasts. You can enjoy a trip to Kabini from Bangalore as this verdant destination is just a few hours’ drive away. There are many memorable stay options. Choose a Kabini river lodge or relax in the luxuries of a Kabini lake view resort. Whether it is with family or a bunch of friends, you will find enough attractions and experiences that will make you come back for more.

Kabini River

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The Kabini River snakes and flourishes through a dense pristine jungle and its waters are clear almost year round. It falls in one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the world and the riverine landscape feeds the habitat of many species. The river flows into the Kaveri and its backwaters provide the habitat for many aquatic and avian species.

Kabini Dam

The Kabini Dam is more than half a km long and since its construction in 1974 has altered the landscape of the region. It created a permanent watering hole which now attracts a range of wildlife, including large herds of Asiatic elephants. The dam caters to many villages and hamlets in the region and the reservoir is also a very popular scenic spot. The dam reaches full capacity in the monsoons when its gates are opened, a powerful sight to behold. On sunnier days, the dam is a good spot to unwind. There are many who make the trip to Kabini from Mysore to have a small picnic at the dam site.

Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary offers a brush with the wilderness of Southern India. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the largest stretch of continuous forest in the region. The forest is home to the Indian bison and the Bengal tiger. Many nature photographers come to the Kabini forest for leopard sightings. The range is home to a population of black or melanistic leopards. What can be apter than an encounter with Bagheera in this Jungle-Book environment?

Adventure in Kabini

There are many activities you can enjoy on the Kabini River, the dam reservoir and the surrounding forest areas. Kayaking is a very pleasant way to navigate the gentle currents on the reservoir and also get up close to the birdlife. Not to mention, it also gives you a vigorous workout. Nature walks and safaris are also a must when you are here.

Apart from Kabini’s jungle stays you can also opt for Masinagudi homestays if you look for a more intimate experience. Those who need a breather but cannot make the long trip immediately can stick to somewhere closer to Bangalore. Find quality Nandi Hills accommodation where you can rejuvenate in the crisp air and also enjoy a hike or two. There are also resorts in Kanakapura Road where you can enjoy a day trip.

History of Rowing in India

28 December  |  Adventure & Travel

One has to go back to 1858 to chart the history of rowing as a sport in India. The Calcutta Rowing Club is in fact, one of the oldest in the world. Rowing today is one of the most established disciplines in the Olympics. India has never won a rowing medal in the Olympics but claimed the gold in the 2010 Asian Games, in the individual category.

Rowing as a traditional sport in the subcontinent goes back millennia. Today we are familiar with the Onam races – the historic and famous Vallam Kalli. The annual snake boat race is held in the backwaters of Kerala and the most famous tournament is the Nehru Trophy. There are different categories of boats. The longest one is close to 150 feet long and accommodates 110 rowers. One can imagine a race of 20 boats, a spectacle of 2200 rowers competing at the same time.

Another famous boat race is held in Dawki, Meghalaya, on the clear waters of the Umngot River. The annual affair happens in the months of March or April. Manipur is also home to a rich rowing tradition. Heikru Hidongba is a festival that has been celebrated in the Imphal valley for more than a thousand years. One of the major highlights of this festival is, you guessed it, a boat race.

Where can we row in Karnataka?

If you want to experience rowing in Bangalore, the main organizations that facilitate competitions and workshops are the Karnataka Amateur Rowing Association and the Trishna Yacht Club.

You can also indulge in an adrenaline-raising rowing experience in the wild. There are Kabini River resorts where visitors can learn the basics of this sport and negotiate the currents of the rivers. Rowing in the river would be a perfect team building activity for a corporate day outing. The sport tests the participants’ stamina and coordination. The beautiful scenery around the waters certainly helps add a memorable background to this occasion. You can enjoy some competitive rowing or you can just learn the paddling techniques and enjoy a few rounds on the currents.

A rowing experience in the wild would start with safety tips and instructions from an expert. Once you are ready to go, you will get a chance to row along the curves and multiple currents of the river, as you work with your fellow boat members on how to navigate the river.

Some of the other popular boat based adventure activities you can experience in Karnataka include river rafting in Coorg. Many adventurers are heading off to Uttara Kannada district to enjoy the Dandeli River rafting rapids in the lap of the Western Ghats.

Karnataka is a state that boasts some of the most pristine riverine landscapes in India, ripe for exploration. Informed travellers are seeking eco-tourism options as a way to unwind and take a break from the daily grind. Bangalore is favourably located from many eco-tourism destinations. From resorts in Masinagudi to a short stay in Nandi Hills, there is something for everyone, the trekkers, wildlife photographers, and the adrenaline junkies.

New Year Escapes from Bangalore

21 December  |  Adventure & Travel

Have you made your New Year plans yet?  Is it going to another last-moment, overpriced party? Maybe this time, you want to avoid the hangover and travel somewhere with your friends and loved ones instead. Usher in the New Year at one of these charming destinations and enjoy the distinctive experiences that they offer.

Pondicherry

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A vignette of Pondicherry’s colonial past can be felt in detail as one wanders around the neat villas of the French Quarter. The union territory tucked on the Eastern coast is one of the most visited seaside destinations in India, but its attractions are more than just sun and surf. Culturally, Pondicherry and the nearby settlement of Auroville offer visitors a glimpse into the bohemian side of this region. Foodies would love Pondi, where you get the best of Chettinad and local seafood, and you can also munch on baguettes and pizzas. Places to visit in Pondicherry would include the Promenade and its many attractions, Auroville beach and the gothic Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Kabini

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There is no dearth of natural getaways close to Bangalore and Kabini ranks right up there. Research your options of Kabini resorts and find yourself a beautiful stage for the festivities, amidst the pristine riverine landscape of this wild region. Activities you can enjoy here include kayaking and trekking. Kabini is also known as a great place for wildlife sightings; the leopards here have been captured by many top photographers. Can there be a better excuse for a safari?

Masinagudi

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A scenic xx-km drive away from Bangalore, Masinagudi is located in the heart of one of Southern India’s most diverse wilderness areas. A few days here would rejuvenate even the weariest of souls. There are many Masinagudi resorts you can choose from. Some of the highlights here include the Kalhatti waterfalls. Spend your holiday with some gentle pachyderms at the Theppakadu Elephant Camp. You can also venture into the Mudumalai National Park on a safari trip.

Wayanad

Nestled in misty mountains, Wayanad is a wild place. The Asiatic elephant roams the jungles here in large herds and waterfalls gush across the landscape. An escapade here in New Years’ will provide you with a contrasting experience, where strobe lights are replaced by the verdant scenery, and the soundtrack would be the chirping of tropical birds. Chembra peak and Mudumalai National Park are some of the places to visit in Wayanad.

Chikmagalur

If you want some nippy mountain air to wake you up on the first day of January, then the green meadows and sprawling coffee estates of Chikmagalur are the perfect getaways. There are many places to visit in Chikmagalur. Have some good old-fashioned outdoor fun with a trek to Kudremukh peak. Baba Budan Giri is another popular trek-worthy destination. The Hebbe Falls is a popular attraction.

If your schedule cannot accommodate a Masinagudi homestay experience or a trip to Chikmagalur, there are many resorts near Bangalore where you can enjoy the biggest party of the year. You can stay in Nandi Hills for a luxurious eco-friendly getaway and enjoy some excursions into the nearby countryside. Make your plans, and relish the anticipation of a new year in a new destination.

Responsible Travel

07 December  |  Adventure & Travel

The Rise of Ecotourism

Tourism is one of the biggest industries in the world, a lifeline for many regions. From cosy homestays to larger than life luxury hotels, the tourism industry needs a lot of resources to run. Travellers contribute to a large section of the carbon emissions. With unsustainable business models and the vagaries of climate change becoming a real concern, ecotourism has risen as a responsible option for a large majority. In fact, ecotourism is the fastest growing segment of the entire tourism industry.

Ecotourism allows you to enjoy all the luxuries of travel, but in a manner that is in harmony with the destination that you have chosen. The focus on ecotourism is the exclusive natural beauty of a place, and business models of this type tend to contribute to conservation efforts. Wildlife is an integral part of ecotourism and the number of travellers opting for a jungle safari as a highlight experience is increasing every year.A traveller who is conscious of his or her impact on the local environment, and enjoys more rustic and earthy experiences, would choose the ecotourism route, and the rewards are plenty.

How can I be an eco-friendly traveller?

The profile of an eco-conscious traveller can be described as someone who is informed and passionate about the destinations he or she covers. If you love the outdoors, then ecotourism is tailor-made for you. Find a minimally intrusive, activity-based itinerary that would put you in the midst of nature.

Riverine landscapes allow for some of the most eco-friendly activities that also provide a big dose of exhilaration. Kayaking is an increasingly popular recreational activity and Southern India’s forest regions are full of water bodies waiting to be navigated. If you are looking for something more relaxing, you can enjoy a session of boating.

To be an eco-friendly traveller, you also need to ensure that the hotel or resort you stay in uses green methods as part of its operations. It could be self-generated energy or responsible water resource management. Building designs go a long way in determining the amount of energy required to run them. Ecotourism involves architecture and engineering that is in harmony with the local area.

Innovation and smart engineering are the hallmarks of a fun ecotourism destination. Local traditions and resources are maintained while modern amenities are not compromised. Choose resorts that work on promoting natural beauty over luxury, the latter should be an add-on rather than the main attraction.

You don’t have to head off too far for some sustainable travelling. There are many resorts near Bangalore and surrounding districts where you will enjoy unique and responsible experiences. A Kabini safari is a great introduction to the rich wildlife of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, one of India’s largest patches of continuous wilderness.Find Kabini river resorts where you can literally immerse yourself in the pristine, untouched environment whilst relishing all the modern luxuries. You can even organize a corporate day outing based on the principles of sustainability, local flavour, and of course, lots of fun.

Tips to Plan an Unforgettable Weekend Getaway

27 November  |  Adventure & Travel

Nothing rejuvenates like a mini-vacation. Bangalore is a great place to be if you want to catch up on some new destinations. Maybe your boss is not going to give you a month’s leave but there are more than enough weekend getaways from Bangalore, perfectly squeezed between a frantic Friday deadline and a late Monday login. For those who want to stay close to the city, resorts in Nandi Hills provide a convenient retreat while Kerala, Coorg and Tamil Nadu have an abundance of destinations. Whatever you decide – there are some simple tips you should keep in mind.

Pick a Place that Speaks to You

Have you been binging on those NatGeo specials on the forests of India? Or are you a history buff? A destination that reflects your personality or interests will provide a very enriching experience. Rather than try to cover a dozen attractions, find that one landmark which you can build an entire weekend around. Plenty of weekend getaways near Bangalore offer myriad experiences – whether you are browsing Masinagudi resorts or looking up the temples of Hampi – choose a theme that is close to your heart.

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It may be one of the best inventions ever but the smartphone is also one of the most intrusive gadgets in our lives. Do you really want your Gokarna sunsets interrupted by some Whatsapp forward from your conspiracy theory loving uncle? Your boss can get someone else to fix that excel financial report, not you while you are enjoying a trek in the Nilgiris. Click on that airplane mode feature and use your phone as a camera – after all, isn’t that one of the main reasons we buy these things.

Bring a Travel Buddy (or a Few!)

Travelling is usually more fun in a group so it is always advised to rope in a like-minded travel buddy or a bunch of friends. Set some rules for the trip – respect each other’s spaces and choices while also venturing on some activities together. This way, you get the best of both worlds – great bonding with friends and some introspective moments too.

Take a Road Trip by Car or Bike

As clichéd as it may sound, the journey is indeed where half the fun lies. A trip to Coorg isn’t just about that pandi curry in Madikeri; it is also about the gentle climb into the verdant mountains. Likewise, the open countryside as you head off to Pondicherry or the swaying palms of Kerala as the backwaters beckon are equally scenic and joy-filled as the journey’s end. Skip the chauffeured experience and rent a car or ride a bike. Weekend trips can be filled with discoveries, detours and impromptu adventures rather than just being an A to B transit. There are many places you can explore on a road trip from Bangalore, from the Kabini resorts for a wild experience to the ramparts of Tranquebar for a more offbeat one.

Keep Luggage Light

A lot of us love to be extra prepared for all the scenarios of a vacation, but if that translates into inflated luggage you will get bogged down. It is just one weekend – you probably need one extra set of clothes and a few essentials. The last thing you want to worry about while setting off for your day hike into the mountains of Agumbe is your heavy luggage. Also, you may shop – keep some space in the bag.

Long vacations are few and far between but it is the weekend trips that give us the breathers we deserve. Plan your trip well and you will have a hassle-free and memorable experience.

A Forest Escapade –Masinagudi

08 November  |  Adventure & Travel

Bangalore citizens can consider themselves very lucky. Apart from being a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with arguably the best brews in the country, Bangalore is just a short drive away from the greenery of the Western Ghats. There are many resorts near Bangalore that are ideal for weekend getaways with friends, family and colleagues.The thrill seekers of the city love to flock to the jungle resorts in Kabini and Masinagudi, armed with their cameras and an eagerness for adventure – looking to explore the landscape and maybe catch a glimpse of elusive species too.

The soothing verdant setting of Masinagudi will take you to the heart of South India’s famed forests. This range is part of the sprawling Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, a continuous stretch of untamed forest that from the lush coasts to the mountains of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

  1. A Trekking Haven

Treks allow you to get down and dirty and become part of the forest. Your Masinagudi resort can be a base for countless excursions into the deep forests. During the drier months, the challenge of a good trekking route can be the most rewarding experience. Kalhatti is a gushing waterfall situated at 2000 metres above sea level and it is the end point of one of the popular trek routes from Masinagudi. There are also shorter nature trails if you want to save your energy for another day.

  1. Wildlife Safari

When in the wild, always expect a wild encounter, albeit from the comfort and safety of your safari jeep. The Mudumalai Safari is one of the most popular activities for those who visit this region. In the thick foliage and beneath the dark canopy of this range, lurks the tiger, and if you are in luck you can sight this majestic beast in the wild – an incomparable experience for wildlife enthusiasts. Other species that call these jungles home include leopards, Asiatic elephants, and myriad birds and reptiles.

  1. Bird Watching

There are many places to visit in Masinagudi if you want to enjoy some bird sightings. The best times for bird watching are the mornings and you will be inundated with the variety of sounds and chirps, as you try to identify the different winged wonders of the forest. Some of the bird species that are found in Masinagudi are the black and orange flycatcher, the Malabar Trogon, the grey hornbill, various cuckoo and woodpecker species, and many more.

  1. Fishing and Angling

The catch is just a bonus when it comes to fishing. Whether you look for introspection or want to blend into the environment, no other activity offers while maintaining its simplicity. At Masinagudi you can try your hand at the fishing rod, as your listen to the rippling fresh streams and hear the forest come to live once the human voices quieten down.

  1. Campfire

A jungle trip is incomplete without a campfire. For aeons, the campfire has been a stage for human interaction, and that remains true today. After a day of activities wind down with your friends and loved ones, with your favourite beverages and snacks and watch the glowing embers contrast against the pitch black night of the forest. If you are on a corporate getaway, nothing breaks the ice like the bonhomie around a campfire.

A Masinagudi trip will always be loaded with memories, as you get to visit one of the most diverse eco-systems in the world. Keep your eyes and ears open, lest you miss out on a unique sight. If you are looking for Masinagudi resorts which offer a plethora of experiences from tranquil environs to adrenaline pumping activities, then you can opt for Discovery Village.

5 Road Trip Destinations from Bangalore

19 October  |  Adventure & Travel

Are you tired of the monotony of your daily life and want to head out of the city to de-stress? Well if you are an adventure junkie who makes plans within the blink of an eye and are planning to go on a one day trip, then here are 5 destinations you can visit.

  1. Nandi Hills, 60 km from Bangalore

Nandi Hills is a place frequented by adventure enthusiasts and mountain lovers who are passionate about trekking. Bangalore to Nandi Hills is a quick one-and-a-half-hour journey where nature lovers can enjoy sight-seeing and spot several rare birds and plants on their trek. History lovers can check out temples dedicated to Yogi Nandeeshwara, Bhoganandishwaraswamy Temple and Tipu Sultans Summer Palace. You can also check out ‘Tippu’s Drop’ where he punished traitors and prisoners by pushing them off the cliff. Check into the Discovery Villageresort in Nandi hills to experience all this and more in comfort.

Trekking along the beautiful AmruthSarovarLake is also a popular activity. Paragliding and cycling are common draws done here.

  1. Kabini River, 209 km from Bangalore

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Immerse yourself in lush greenery and tranquil ambience, the forest around Kabini is home to many exotic and endangered animals and birds. The forest here shelters leopards, tigers, antelopes, crocodiles, cobras, pythons and elephants.Resorts in Kabiniare picturesque locations where you can relaxin the lap of nature

The primary activity here is spotting wild animals in their natural habitat. Activities like Safari, river cruise via motorboats and paddleboats can be opted for to explore the forest. Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary can be a good experience where you can see wild boars, sambar, elephants and spotted deer in herds.

  1. Ooty, 266 km from Bangalore

A perfect place to relax your mind and awaken the adventure enthusiast in you, Ooty offers the perfect weather and stunning views with an ‘Old World Charm’ that will change your mood in no time. You can enjoy the spectacular scenic route aboard theNilgiri’s toy train ride to Conoor, or enjoy mountain biking, hand gliding, fishing, trekking and hiking. Trek to Doddabetta peak and Pykarriver is extremely popular here.

  1. Skandagiri, 70 km from Bangalore

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Famous for its night treks, Skandagiri is where you can ‘walk above the clouds,’ not literally, but you can experience the clouds extremely close to you. You can visit the dismantled fortress of Tipu Sultan built for fighting against the British Raj and also the remains of an ancient abandoned temple.

It overlooks Nandi Hills and is a few kilometers away from it. The views are spectacular, morning treks are pleasant and seeing the sun-rise is a memorable experience.

  1. Kanakapura, 62km from Bangalore

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Almost one and a half hours away from Bangalore, you can visit this beautiful city, famous for its silk and granite. Trekking to BananthimariBetta for bird – watching and forest trek is a must for wildlife enthusiasts.

If the above mentioned destinations are not something that interests you, then homestays in Masinagudi with the Mudumalai forests looming in the background with great diversity and flora and fauna could be another option for you to explore and head out of the city for a good time.

Happy travelling!

Cave Exploration

28 September  |  Adventure & Travel

Spelunking has a charm of its own. Nothing beats the adventure in exploring a cave and getting close with the hidden world that lies yonder. If you are looking for adventure tours around Bangalore, there are several options like those offered by Kabini river resorts, or a jungle stay in Masinagudi, and the many cave exploring options around the city.

If you are an avid cave explorer you are sure to know that there are some things that the experience teaches you,but there are others that you should learn well before you start your journey. Here are some useful tips for cavingfor the budding cave explorers –

Caving tips

 

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The importance of carrying the right gear goes without saying. Caves present the most unprecedented terrain and hurdles to cross. So investing on the best quality helmet and boots is a great place to start with. You will be more confident in going on with the expedition when you know that you are protected. To prevent bumping your head against those low rise gaps you would find a helmet an indispensable requisite. The right pair of boots would make the journey less tiring and would avoid injuries. By offering the best ankle support they also help prevent sprains and foot aches. Besides these, knee caps and elbow pads are very usefulfor those occasions where you might have to be on all fours. In addition, there might also be an assortment of other gear that might come in handy depending on the cave that you plan to explore and the weather condition expected within the cave.

Caving manners

 

The above-mentioned tips were to prepare and protect the cave explorer from accidents and injuries. But there are some more tips to remember to protect and preserve the beauty of the untouched interiors of the cave. No matter how enthusiastic you are, responsible caving should be your top priority. This would make sure that the cave stays magical for the future explorers as well.

Do not Litter

The environment in the caves would be different from that outside the cave in several ways. This is the first thing that any cave explorer should first understand and accept. So keeping the cave clean, avoiding littering in the caves would be a good way to preserve the caves. Some zones or some caves, on the whole, might consist of certain rocks that are sensitive and can be easily eroded. Special care should be taken so as to handle these with care. Wearing gloves would be recommended in such caves. Some fragile portions of the cave including the speleothems are formed as a result of the interaction between the groundwater and the rocky layers, for thousands of years.

Do not disturb the wildlife

Besides keeping in mind the importance of preserving the cave structures one should also make sure that the wildlife within the cave is not disturbed either. The entire habitat, being different from the outside world would all be interdependent and any impact on the wildlife within the caves can also lead to a significant impact on the caves themselves.

So, the next time you set out on an adventure to explore a cave make sure that you prepare well ahead so as to protect yourself and the cave as well.

5 Biking Destinations from Bangalore

21 September  |  Adventure & Travel

Being a city that enjoys a pleasant weather all the year round Bangalore is a great place for impromptu trips,and one cannot forget to mention the limitless options available when it comes to destinations in the vicinity. Nothing beats the thrill one gets in taking bike trips from Bangalore to the surrounding scenic spots. Here are the most popular biking destinations when you are planning a road trip from Bangalore for a quick weekend refresher.

  1. Bangalore to Coorg:

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Aptly nicknamed the Scotland of India, this is one of the greenest weekend getaways from Bangalore. Around 240 km from Bangalore Coorg has several tourist attractions. Kushalnagar, Nagarhole National Park,Bylakuppe, Cauvery Nisargadhama are all other popular destinations that can be covered on the way. The road beyond Mysore, via Hunsur, is pleasantly green especially if you plan your trip during the monsoons. If you wish to travel offbeat, you also have the option to travel via Shravanabelagola and Channarayapatna.

  1. Bangalore to Nandi hills:

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This is one of the quickest weekend getaways near Bangaloreand is a favourite among the bikers. Located around 60km away from the city centre Nandi hills is one place that Bangaloreans never get bored of. Starting early to experience the sun rise at the Nandi Hills is something you should definitely try. The roads closer to Nandi hills with the green cover around are such contrasts to the smog laden noisy roads of the city! This makes this place a great spot to plan your weekend escapade on a short notice.

  1. Bangalore to Kabini:

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Kabini is one of the most popular spots for eco-tourism. Teeming with wildlife and eye-soothing greenery, this place is a perfect choice for those who are looking for an offbeat destination to wind down after a long week. The best part is that there are several resorts near KabiniRiver that offer the best stays amidst picturesque surroundings. Be it a one-day road trip from Bangalore or a two-day weekend vacation plan, this place is worth adding to your list.

  1. Bangalore to Munnar:

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If you have a little extra time, if you are looking for a long and memorable road trip then one of the best destinations from Bangalore is Munnar. A popular hill station that is well connected by the best road and rail lines, this is a place that is green throughout the year. The invigorating mountain breeze is sure to rejuvenate your spirits and help you puff out all the dust and pollution that the city gives to your lungs.

  1. Bangalore to Masinagudi:

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This is another one that is meant for those looking for a long road trip from Bangalore. For the wildlife tour enthusiasts, the Bandipur National park close by is a spot that cannot be missed. If you are traveling in a large group then you could also try a jungle stay in Masinagudi that is one of the easiest ways to get close to nature.

These are just a few of the famous biking destinations to start with. There are many more to make each of your weekends memorable.

What to expect from an Indian Wildlife Safari

31 August  |  Adventure & Travel

What to expect from an Indian Wildlife Safari

The very utterance of the word “Wildlife safari” is enough to send the adrenalin pumping in the true-blue lover of wildlife. Before embarking on one, it is extremely important to understand a few ground rules and follow them diligently. This will help you to enjoy the safari and experience the thrill of participating in one while you stay at Bandipur resorts.

Here are few ready tips to maximise enjoyment by minimising expectations:

  • Remember that a wildlife safari is not a zoowhere animals are kept in enclosures with their species’ name mentioned on it. An Indian wildlife safari does not carry any guarantees so don’t berate the guide because you were unable to spot an exotic animal in the wilderness. It may happen that you will spot a wild animal of your choice (most probably, a tiger) during your stay at Masinagudi resorts and the first wildlife safari, or it could take a couple more. However, be patient as a safari does not guarantee a tiger sighting since they do not follow a timetable like we city folk do.
  • While packing for the wildlife safari and a stay at resorts in Masinagudi or homestay in Masinagudi, apart from all the essentials, do not forget to grab your identity proof and remind your friends to do so too. The security at the entrance of a national park may insist on seeing an ID proof before letting you into the wild. Either way, it is better to carry an ID while travelling to avoid any kind of inconvenience.
  • Your driver or guide may sometimes go overboard with their dos and don’ts and although they may sound far-fetched to you, do not ignore them at any cost. In all circumstances, you should listen to your guide/driver as these instructions could save you from a potentially dangerous situation. In all probability, your guide is a local who has visited the jungle innumerable times and therefore know a lot about it than you do. You could be asked to keep your voice low or avoid any sudden movements so make sure you follow these instructions.
  • Rules are made for a specific purpose. While on an Indian Wildlife safari, follow the park rules without questioning them too much. They have been put in place to protect your life and safeguard the wildlife around you, so honour them. Getting down from the vehicle is not such a good idea unless you can run faster than the animals. Smoking inside the jungle and playing loud music is considered bad manners while staying at a jungle lodge. Do not pester your driver/guide to take an off-beat path since the Jeep/Bus are given a route, considering all safety guidelines. Period.

As safari enthusiasts, we all have a special liking for the large cats like lions, tigers and leopards, thanks to their majestic personalities, but knowledgeable visitors will agree that there is more to a jungle than tigers. Keep a watch for other animals, flora and fauna and enjoy the fresh, unpolluted environment. You don’t want miss the deer or antelope hiding behind the bush, simply because you were too focused on sighting a tiger. Speak to your guide and ask him about his experiences. You may gain a lot of knowledge in the bargain which can be used during your next Indian Wildlife safari.

Book a vacation at a Discovery village resort of your choice and get up and close with wild animal in their natural habitat.