Bandipur / Niligiris / Wayanad - Suggestions?

#1 Aug 27th, 2012, 21:41
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I enjoy visiting wildlife parks and have visited the forest belt in and around Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka several times including Bandipur, Muthanga, Nagarhole, Nilgiris, Silent Valley etc.

Have made over 5 trips over the last 2 year s and just managed to sight one elephant so far. I would love to see more elephants, tigers and other species in this area. Need some help on the following:

Are there private safaris that will take you deep inside the forest? I've done enough of the jeep safari organized by the forest department and found it to be a waste of time and money. I don't mind spending more money for a quality experience. I understand that its a matter of luck to sight tigers and elephants but I would appreciate if you could suggest any specific route or timings that is best suited for sighting wildlife.

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Have been reading about Mark Davidars house in Masinagudi. Very interesting and thrilled to know about this place. I would be very thankful if someone could point me in the right directions to stay at this place.
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Originally Posted by haris86 View Post Have been reading about Mark Davidars house in Masinagudi. Very interesting and thrilled to know about this place. I would be very thankful if someone could point me in the right directions to stay at this place.
If you want to stay there ill let you know the trick.. but tell me your plan.
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Originally Posted by santhanu View Post If you want to stay there ill let you know the trick.. but tell me your plan.
Reaching Ooty on Oct 13th. Will be leaving to Masinagudi on 14th. Will be traveling around Bandipur from 14th to 17th. Dates are flexible.
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Hi,
Surprising that you have seen only one elephant spread over 5 trips.
I know sighting a tiger is much more difficult but sighting only one elephant !!!!

At places like Nagarhole (with a 3~3.5 hors jeep safari, I have seen elephants in almost all 4 safari spread over 2 days.

I am told (I am not sure) that the jeep safari duration at Bandipur is 1 ~ 2 hours only.

For sighting a tiger, I would recommend Bandhavgarh, Tadoba or Ranthambore in that order.

People have seen between 8 to 17 tigers in 4 safari's spread over 3 days at Tadoba in the months of May 12 and till Mid Jun 2012

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Couple of things the elephant seeking could keep in mind....
1. Best times to see elephants are evenings - elephants usually stay put in a shade during day time..
2. Try staying in one of the private resorts around bandipur forest guest house. Take a trip and 3 or 4 AM with people who know what they are doing. (Country Club is a good option). Talk to locals.
I do farming I this area - so if you need more help, let me know.
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Originally Posted by venkat273 View Post Hi,
Surprising that you have seen only one elephant spread over 5 trips.
I know sighting a tiger is much more difficult but sighting only one elephant !!!!

At places like Nagarhole (with a 3~3.5 hors jeep safari, I have seen elephants in almost all 4 safari spread over 2 days.

I am told (I am not sure) that the jeep safari duration at Bandipur is 1 ~ 2 hours only.

For sighting a tiger, I would recommend Bandhavgarh, Tadoba or Ranthambore in that order.

People have seen between 8 to 17 tigers in 4 safari's spread over 3 days at Tadoba in the months of May 12 and till Mid Jun 2012

Regards
Venkat
I agree. Its just so unfortunate that we never managed to sight any good wildlife during our previous visits. This time around, we have planned a extensive stay in and around Bandipur to make sure we don't miss any chances.

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Originally Posted by ThisIsIt View Post Couple of things the elephant seeking could keep in mind....
1. Best times to see elephants are evenings - elephants usually stay put in a shade during day time..
2. Try staying in one of the private resorts around bandipur forest guest house. Take a trip and 3 or 4 AM with people who know what they are doing. (Country Club is a good option). Talk to locals.
I do farming I this area - so if you need more help, let me know.
My native is Wayanad so I have a place to stay near Sulthan Bathery. How much does it cost to stay in private resorts around Bandipur. Few years back, we did a early morning trip from Wayanad - Mysore, din't get to sight any elephant. Will try this time again!
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At Nagarhole, we saw a pack of Wild dogs (about 9 Nos.) attacking a family of 11 Wild Boar. The leader of the wild boar, a huge male warded off the attack and ensured that the young members of the wild boar family was protected. We saw also managed to see atleast 6 Malabar giant Squirrel during the four safari's. We were quite close to a tiger (we did not get to see) on two occasions. The frantic alarm calls of the spotted deer were indicating the movement of the tiger.

I am sure you are going to spot a lot of wild life in Oct as the animals are used to roaming around without the fear of being sighted by tourists in the jeep as the forest is closed to tourists between Jul & Oct. After a few days, the animals will know that tourists have come and it might be better not to go near the roads inside the jungle.

All the best

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Venkat
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Help needed!!!

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Originally Posted by santhanu View Post If you want to stay there ill let you know the trick.. but tell me your plan.
Hi Santhanu, I was searching for Mark's contact details after reading his ERC Davidar's book 'Whispers from the wild'.

It will be great if you can provide Mark's contact details or please tag me if you are planning to visit Cheetal Walk anytime soon. Please......
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Understand that Mark is seriously unwell and admitted in the ICU in Mysore.. Pray for him...
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Ohh...Thats a grave news....May God help him to recover fast....

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