Tourist attractions near Masinagudi

21 September  |  Listicles

The Mudumalai forest and wildlife sanctuary is one of the richest habitats of flora and fauna in South India.  It is divided into five ranges namely Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota and each range has its own unique features. Masinagudi, located near the Mysore-Ooty highway, is the most explored tourist destination of all the five ranges due to its location and approachability. Deriving its name from the famous Masani Ammam temple located in the hilly terrains of the city, Masinagudi is an easy and attractive choice for those looking for a wildlife themed getaway. Apart from a beautiful rendezvous with wildlife, one can also visit one of the many tourist spots located nearby, as well as the resorts of Discovery Village, making it a very holistic diversion from the busy life of the city.

Spot the Bird


The most important attraction at Masinagudi is bird watching. Surrounded by huge spans of forest the place is home to a variety of birds, including the rare predatory birds like the crested hawk-eagle and the serpent eagle. Lucky shutterbugs can capture a glimpse of many beautiful birds that often migrate to this area. Striped Tit-babblers, Malabar trogons and Malabar Grey Hornbills are regular habitants of this area and can be spotted in plenty.

Catch the Animals in Action


The safaris organised by the Mudumalai and Bandipur national park is a great way to explore the fauna of the region. Animals like the gaur, spotted deer, wild elephants and langurs inhabit the forest and can be seen during the safari. The Mudumalai park has also been declared a tiger reserve, so one can be sure to spot the wild cat. Safaris atop elephants are also available for  bravehearts. The elephant safari is a very unique experience as it gives a very open feel of the forest.

Plantation visit


Enroute to Masinagudi (and ahead of it towards Ooty), the region is filled with various kinds of plantations. Ranging from tea and coffee to pepper and other spices, the region is the birth place of a number wonderful aromatic food ingredients. A drive through these plantations is sure to increase your love for nature. The famous Ooty tea can be seen in abundance and many manufacturing units are situated around this belt.

Chill in the hills


The ‘Queen of Hill stations’ Ooty is just 36 km away from Masinagudi and makes for a great one-day outing. It is a great opportunity to visit this beautiful hill station which has many tourist attractions to offer, apart from its mesmerising climate. Boating in the serene lake of Ooty is a must-try. A trip to the botanical gardens and museum make for a great learning experience and one can splurge in endless shopping in the market for home made chocolates, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta


Located on Mysore road, a small diversion leads to this old and historic Krishna temple situated on top of a hill. All through the year, the region is covered by mist and the view from the hill top is breathtaking. As the hill overlooks the Bandipur national park, several tourists are lucky enough to sight some animals from above. It is very common for travellers to plan the trip in such a way that after a visit to the two national parks, Mudumalai and Bandipur, a visit to the betta is scheduled on the way back.

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