Day Trip Bangalore – Hasanur – Bandipur – Mudumalia – Ooty – Kodanad – Bangalore

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When it comes to traveling into the nature & wild i am always geared up. The joy get doubled to share the experience with friends around me. Late Friday afternoon coffee chat at office brought in an idea to travel out,by 9 PM  it developed into a Night safari. Friday 11:40 PM we started from Bangalore to do a Night safari in Satyamangalm reserve and then drive to Mudumalai.

January 2016
Drive Way : Banglore – Kollegale – Chamrajnagar -Hasanur -Thimbum -Chamrajnagar- Gudelpet -Bandipur – Mudumalia – Masanagudi – Ooty – Kodanad – Mettupalayam- BavaniSagar -Bannari – Hasanur- Chamrajnagar- Bangalore
Distance : 810 KM

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Night safari is not possible in Bandipur – Mudumalai road as its closed from 9 PM to 6 AM. We took Kanakpura – Kollegal route and reach Chamrajnagar around 3 AM from there we took the Satyamangalm road which has the Forest range till Timbam.

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We were looking forward to spot elephants however the upwards ride we only spotted few sambar deer and wild boar, so took a detour into the side roads and went till it felt safe no luck so far. While returning back we came across a majestic sambar deer and as we inched down the road we saw a female and young elephant. Took a u-turn and went back the young one was not happy with us being there so it did chase us out from there.

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We started towards Bandipur happy after seeing an elephant. We entered Bandipur forest range around 6:20 AM with loads of deer on either side of the road till Mudumalai. We booked the van safari at Mudumalai as we waited we were greeted by a peacock.

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Van safari into the forest turned out to be boring as we just saw the repetitive deer and peacocks. Santosh did manage to get some good sleep there 😉 It was 8:30 AM and we had finished our jungle safari after few minutes of discussion we took the route towards ooty.

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After the dizzy drive we reached Ooty did a quick refresh & breakfast. Drove towards Kodanad to enjoy the view and green tea estate. 

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Spent few sometime in Kodanad before we started back to Bangalore via Metttupalayam, Hasanur. Took this route so that we could again see elephants after Hasanur.

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We reached Hasanur around 7 PM, as we drove we saw few elephants was not able to stop so went some distance before and tried taking a u turn as we did we came in line with a majestic tusker. Immediately I quit the process of taking a turn and went the other way. After a Km we took a turn and came back to see them this is where we realized that for almost a Km there were more than 30 elephants in groups.

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After spending few minutes watching them, started back to Bangalore. Reached Bangalore around 11:40 PM had some hot masal puri at Gandinagar and closed the 24hrs trip clocking 810Kms.

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