Masinagudi is a tourist spot located a few kilometers from Ooty, on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border. Masinagudi is in a place named Mudumalai in Tamilnadu and is located at the base of the Nilgiri hills. It is situated close to the adjoining Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary, which is in the state of Karnataka. Situated about 250 km away from Bangalore, Masinagudi is a favorite tourist spot owing to its lush greenery, fresh air and tranquility it offers. The road leading to the destination is lined with fields of sunflowers on either sides and is a treat for sore eyes. There are several Masinagudi Packages on offer that enhance the stay in Masinagudi to a great extent. The region’s proximity to the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary gives tourists an opportunity to spot many wild animals like elephants, monkeys, deer and bison enroute to the destination.

Wildlife buffs, bird watchers and etymologists seek many of these Masinagudi Packages that include jungle safaris organized by the government run tourist homes. The timings are from 6.30 am to 8.30 am in the morning and from 3 pm to 6 pm in the evening. Elephant safaris are also part of some exclusive Masinagudi Packages, since the elephants are usually on a trip of their own and wander through the interiors of the jungles expertly escorted by their mahouts. A trek to Gopalaswami Betta, which is a hill with a temple on top of it is part of the Masinagudi Packages. Apart from the many challenging treks in Masinagudi, one can also visit places like Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and the elephant camp in Masinagudi. The other spots to visit in Masinagudi are Gowri Bara or the honey cleft, Golden Rock Face and Kallikudar. The place is beautiful with natural features like mountains, valleys, rocks, rock faces, caves, streams, waterfalls, meadows, swamps, forests etc. The jungle is home to animals like elephants, gaur, bear and leopard. Masinagudi is also a bird watcher’s paradise with a number of bird sanctuaries here. Masinagudi is also home to a number of temples that belong to the tribes namely Todas, Kurumbas and Irulas. The destination is famous for its tea, coffee, and pepper plantations. A variety of wild animals like deer and elephants can be spotted during the months of October and November. The winter season in the region lasts from December to January while summer starts early in February and lasts till April. Coimbatore situated 160 km from Masinagudi has the nearest airport. Ooty situated 64 km away has the nearest railway station while the nearest bus stand is 16 km away in Gudalur. The Sanctuary is connected to Tamil Nadu by buses that ply along the Ooty-Mysore Highway.

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