Nestled in the midst of the Nilgiri mountain range, Masinagudi is a treat to all nature lovers. At a distance of 30 Kms from Ooty, this quaint hill station makes for a perfect destination to escape from the city life and relax in nature’s lap. Home to diverse species of animals, birds and plants, Masinagudi is loved equally by wildlife enthusiasts, explorers, and adventure seekers – across all age groups. From thick vegetation to waterfalls and flowing rivers to sighting wildlife, Masinagudi is one of the “must visit” places in South India. Spotted Deer, Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Sloth Bear and Leopard are some of the common sightings in this beautiful location.
Located at an elevation of 950 metres above the sea level, Masinagudi has tropical climate – monsoons & winters being the most pleasant times to visit.
Exploring wildlife in their natural habitat is always an enthralling experience. Observe and enjoy the various spellbinding forms of life enroute the deeper & uncovered trails of the forest. And if you are lucky, a tiger might just cross your path.
Theppakadu Elephant Camp
Theppakudu Elephant Camp is one of the oldest elephant camps in South India, currently housing 24 elephants. The magnificent animals camped here are trained by professionals and are then engaged in eco-tourism & anti-poaching patrolling activities. Visit the camp if interacting and feeding elephants (in a controlled environment) interests you.
Tea Plantation Visit
Delight yourself by walking through the sprawling tea plantations in the Nilgiris. Savour the aromas of tea in this serene yet compelling environment that is sure to rejuvenate you. In addition, you can learn about the history & lifestyle of the tea plantation workers.
Home to over 250+ bird species, Masinagudi is amongst the top birding locations in South India. Guided by a naturalist, the sight & sound of birds in the Nilgiri mountain range would make your experience take wing.
Walking through the rich biodiverse trail is a perfect way to unwind oneself. Surround yourself in the intense floral & faunal ecosystem and feel rejuvenated in mother nature’s lap. Also, take a look at thee small hamlets on your way into the mountain range.
How to Get Here
Masinagudi is a place inhabited by wild animals and hence the vehicular movement is allowed only from 6am to 9pm
The nearest airport to reach Masinagudi is the Coimbatore Airport. Major Indian cities have flights connected to Coimbatore. Upon reaching Coimbatore, one can self-drive or hire a taxi to reach Masinagudi.
Located at a distance of 30 kms from Ooty, 97 kms from Mysore, 114 kms from Coimbatore, and 238 kms from Bengaluru, the route to Masinagudi is filled with serene & picturesque landscapes. One can either drive to the destination or hire a car & reach Masinagudi at their own pace.
Mysore (97 kms) and Coimbatore (114 kms) are the two closest railway stations to Masinagudi. One can find trains connected to all major Indian cities from these two stations.
Several private and government buses offer services from various south Indian cities to Masinagudi. One can hire a cab from Masinagudi bus stop to reach the destination.