'Once a year, go someplace you've never been before’ - Dalai Lama
Unbridled with the melodious euphony of various birds and alive with lush verdant forests, Masinagudi is a breath of fresh air for those who want to visit a place that is yet to be touched by frolicking tourists.
Idyllic, serene and tranquil are the terms fitting for this place’s description. Nestled amidst the Niligiri range of Tamil Nadu, Masinagudi is located at an hour’s drive (30 km) from the popular tourist destination - Ooty. Moreover, if you are living in Bangalore, a short drive of around 5 and a half hours (240 km) will take you to Masinagudi. It is the ideal #staycation spot and even more so for a quick weekend getaway from the hustle-bustle of the city.
Why Choose Masinagudi?
Apart from its picturesque setting in a lesser-known area of South India, there are various things to do and places to visit in Masinagudi. For people with an artistic arc, there is so much to write about, capture on your camera or simply soak in to let that dollop of inspiration fill you.
Wildlife safaris in a jeep to visit waterfalls and maybe hiking along the way are some of the things you can indulge in when in Masinagudi. The gushing of rivers and brooks with Instaworthy landscapes at every corner of the road makes for a scenic holiday and the perfect weekend retreat. You will be in the literal ‘lap of nature’ all the time here.
A tentative itinerary of your day in Masinagudi could start with visiting the famous and breathtakingly beautiful Pykara Falls, followed by a trip to the Mudumalai National Park. The Maravakandy Dam and the Moyar river are perfect for picnic lunches or simply spending hours taking in surreal sunsets.
If you are a birding enthusiast, a bird watching tour should be on your list of things to do in Masinagudi. You may even spot a Horn Bill.
Apart from this, a jeep tour in the morning from Moyar Road to Vibhuti Malai via the Singara Post covers the famous hotspots of Masinagudi. The journey itself is a visual delight.
When to Visit Masinagudi?
Situated at a height of 950 meters above sea level, Masinagudi has a tropical climate most time of the year. January is the driest month of the year, and the best time to visit Masinagudi is between October to May. During these months, the weather is balmy, pleasant and perfect for heading out to explore the famous hotspots during the day. If camping or trekking is on your agenda, plan your trip accordingly. In the monsoon season, Masinagudi becomes perennially green and exudes a tranquillity reminiscent of hill stations making it ideal for long breaks where you want to do nothing and get some rest and relaxation.
- written by Priya Chaudhary -