Western Ghats National Parks Road trip-Trip Report

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#31 Dec 21st, 2015, 16:37
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Our two nights at Bandipur were over and the next stop was Nagarhole.
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However, since our booking at Kabini River lodge was only from the day after, we had to fill up one night somewhere else. We decided to stay in a farm stay at Mudumalai, and it was one of the best decisions we had made.
We stayed at Gouri farms run by two doctors and their family ( the S-I-L actually runs the farm) This is a charming 6 acre farm housed with some 4 cottages and some rooms. The cottage we checked in was comfortable, clean and good.
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We were invited by dinner by the hosts and a swiss couple also joined us. We sampled some home made jaggery and gooseberry liqueur-it was very good, if a trifle sweet. Dinner was south indian fare, home made and just what the doctor(s) ordered!
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Murli, you have showed us a wonderful picture in Post #28 above.

It deserves to be placed in Image Gallery section...
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post Murli, you have showed us a wonderful picture in Post #28 above.

It deserves to be placed in Image Gallery section...
Done. Glad you liked it.
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We left Gouri farms after a simple breakfast of hot dosai(The Dosa as is traditionally served by the Udipi hotels, particularly upwards of Karnataka, is made very crisp (using a lot of oil to do so). The actual dosa, or dosai, as is commonly known in Tamil Nadu is soft, nearly fat free and one normally tucks in 3 to 4 at a time)
Our route to Kabini River Lodge was as follows:
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The route was scenic and very beautiful. We travelled through some country roads and stopped for sampling the local agricultural produce ( tender cocunut, cucumber) and coffee!
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We reached KRL comfortably and in time for lunch. We had a cottage just along the river and it was quite well appointed.
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The small balcony overlooking the river was very nice and i dozed a bit taking in the scenery and environment.
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The next morning we were off on the morning: surprise! Nagaendra's ( guide at Bandipur) brother Ravi was our guide. Seems that serving the environment is the family's priority! Ravi had grown up in the adjoining village and hence it made sense to work in the area. The Government of Karnataka must be complimented in identifying promising youngsters , educating them and then deploying them to work after training. the only suggestion i have is that i did not see any female guides or beat guards whereas in Gir forests in Gujarat we have female beat guards and such.
We came upon a crested hawk eagle which had just killed a grey heron.
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I particularly like this portrait since i could get this shot at eye level (of the eagle).
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let me see if i can upload a video....

unable to...
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Is your video uploaded to youtube? What is the error that you are getting?
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no i am trying directly from my hard drive
I think it is a server issue since i am not able to load photos also. Server is over loaded probably
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Currently there is no facility of direct uploading of video.

Videos from YouTube can be linked using icon.
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Hope the server is ok now...
We came upon a herd of elephants...no..it is not ok.an not able to upload photo...server on a chai break. Since it has been so for a long time, it may High Tea
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"server on a chai break" only if the size is bigger than permitted size. Please upload images in the Image Gallery and then link them here.
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Lovely images and equally well narrated..

Refreshed my memories of Bandipur trip in 2010 during my stay in Bangalore..

I stayed in Tiger Ranch,a private property in the middle of the jungle,some 7-8 kms from the main road to Ooty....Any idea does that still exists?
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Refreshed my memories of Bandipur trip in 2010 during my stay in Bangalore..

I stayed in Tiger Ranch,a private property in the middle of the jungle,some 7-8 kms from the main road to Ooty....Any idea does that still exists?
Glad you are enjoying it. No, i have no idea about Tiger Ranch.
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we saw some elephants coming our way, herding a young one
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It is amazing how protective these animals are of their young one. The young one was floundering and the mother gave a helping hand..er.. leg.
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The forest is a truly amazing place. We need to educate our young to safeguard the environment, unlike ourselves . There are so many animals who live in harmony. The air is pure, a fact that can be seen due to the growth of Lichen:
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