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Inn The Wild
A Wilderness Retreat — Masinagudi Jungle Resorts, India

Doctors of the Jungle | Birding at InnTheWild Mudumalai

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Well wooded forests of Mudumalai is a home to many an insect species. Every season offers these insects many varieties of dead decaying cellulose matter as food. Old tree trunks are the ideal nesting sites for lots of these insects. As you start walking in the jungle pathways you get to see all these interesting beetles, bugs and moths, dragonflies and many more of these beautiful little creatures that inhabit our beautiful surroundings. This healthy population of the insects is also one of the reasons behind such a diverse avifauna in this dry deciduous forest. Every morning there are many birds chirping and flying around the open grassland and hopping around and picking insects. Amongst all the insectivorous birds, there are woodpeckers ranking on top in diversity and frequency. It is amazing to listen to knocking sound made by these beautiful pint sized birds called woodpeckers. Some of them are busy in carving their homes in dead tree trunks. Some of them are trying hard to catch termites and wood borers. Every species of woodpecker has their own preference, when it comes to feeding grounds.

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Wilderness Love – Resident Dhole Couple | Masinagudi Resorts | InnTheWild

As soon as rainy season was getting over the entire atmosphere started filling up with chirping notes of many birds. Some of them might be sharpening their voices and practicing new songs at the arrival of their breeding season. Frogs were still croaking in small ponds, lake and pot holes near streams and trying hard to attract mates to pass their genes at the end of their breeding season. Ones in morning near the on property lake, a pair of wild dogs suddenly emerged from the bushes. That day on, we started to notice this pair everyday. They were spending their mornings near the waterhole. At afternoon they used to settle down on the open grasslands. Usually one partner used to chase small animals for food while other was resting peacefully. At evenings they were playing around with each other on grass patch in front of cottages. Love was in the air!

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Resident Indian Dholes, only at InnTheWild, Masinagudi

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The Ghost Returns | Resident Leopard at InnTheWild

Its been a month since the last sighting of our favourite resident leopard. It just seemed that suddenly there are no signs of this big cat roaming around. Very few alarm calls filled the air at nights but gladly this was just for a while. Sudden rains seem to be irritating this big cat around here. Or it might be waiting for its perfect timing for kill on this hunting ground. As per Kenneth Anderson, leopards are cunning and studious when it comes to hunting. Especially when there are tigers present in the same patch of the jungle then leopards are more cautious. Finally this wait came to end on 2nd October.

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Surprise Sighting of the “Sloth”

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I set out on the morning nature walk with a few friends and was pleasantly surprised to have a large group of guests join us that day. I spent a few minutes along the fence of our resort property talking about the beauty and diversity of the Mudumalai region. I explained to our guests that spotting our “wild friends” would be purely chance and they can be lucky if they are attentive to the sights and sounds in the forest. They fully understood and we continued on our walk with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm.

We were just a few minutes into our walk and to my surprise I saw a black image near the teak trees (tectona grandis), as if searching for something. I first thought it was a tree shrub, however I soon realized it was a “Sloth bear”. Read more

Encounter with a “Masinagudi Charger”

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I had spent the day reading the “Black Panther of Sivanipalli” by Kenneth Anderson, the great hunter of Scottish origin who had settled in India and whose books are hailed as classics of jungle lore. Towards evening I engaged myself spotting the flying beauty plum headed parakeet and the stork billed king fisher. All of a sudden, in the evergreen forest to my left bordering the resort, I noticed the “horns” with a distinctive elliptical cross-section at its base, a characteristic that is strongly male. I leaped down from the machan where I was watching the birds and ran about 800 m in the direction of the horns I spotted. I could not get a clear view of where the beast stood, and when I did find him, to my surprise I found that he was a gaur or the Indian bison and was looking in my direction. It seemed as if he was noticing my actions for quite some time now. I quickly tried kneeling to hide myself. Read more

Interesting Blogs on InnTheWild

I recently decided to do some internet searching to check out what our guests are writing about us on their blogs. :) I was pleasantly surprised to find some pretty interesting materials out there.

Here are two of these that really stand out:

Review #1: Ramesh Rambling - http://ramesh-randomrambling.blogspot.in/2013/09/inn-wild-awesome-place-to-be-in-wild.html

The beautiful colors in the shot of the double rainbow was simply breath taking!

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Pack of Wild Dogs (Dhole) on a Hunt

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It is 9 in the morning here at our resort situated in the Mudumalai forests at the foothills of the Nilgiri mountains near Masinagudi. It is a misty morning with low visibility, however, I have set out as usual, with a camera in my hand. Suddenly I hear a loud alarm call from peacock as they flutter to the nearest tree with a heavy flapping of their wings. Langurs sent out an alarm call for the deer grazing about a hundred meters away in the open grassland. I thought it must be our “resident” leopard on prowl, but I was wrong it was a pack of Wild dogs. Read more

The Great Migration of the ‘Blue Tigers’ around Ooty

 

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Blue Tiger Butterfly | InnTheWild Masinagudi

 

It was a visual treat for our guests as millions of fascinating Dark Blue Tiger butterflies fluttered away. This breathtaking scene could be viewed right on our resort at Masinagudi, near Ooty, situated close to the Bandipur and Mudumalai forest reserve.
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“Jumbo” Surprise at our Resort’s Machaan

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It was a cloudy evening at Masinagudi, just after a light monsoon shower. Peaks of the Nilgiris (Blue Mountains) around the Mudumalai forests appeared as a floating island surrounded by mist. I was at our resort, which is situated close to the Mudumalai National Park and the Bandipur National Park, enjoying the gentle breeze accompanied by a drizzle blow over my face. That’s when I heard the distant call of pea fowl, it was around 5.00 pm, when a group of around five hundred deer slowly came out of the shade and started grazing freely on the open grasslands. And was I in for a “Jumbo” surprise… :)

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Temporary Suspension of Deep Jungle Safari Services in Singara Region of Mudumulai

Due to the recent elephant attack in the Singara forest range near Mudumulai National Park, and the unfortunate death of a British Citizen, Mr. Colin Manvell, there is a temporary suspension on the deep jungle safaris in the Singara region through which even InnTheWild Deep Jungle Safaris are typically conducted. This is a temporary suspension until the police investigation of the matter is complete.

To make sure that your vacation is not impacted in anyway, we are happy to inform you that the we will now take you  via the Government Operated Safaris at both Mudumulai and Bandipur National Parks. Also please note that during this time, our on-property safari/night drives and nature walks by expert naturalist remain unimpacted are still very much active. Both of these activities are included in the Package Rates and please note that there is always a very good chance of spotting wildlife during these activities as well.

We are in constant touch with the government and will keep you notified via our website and blog. Please register for the RSS feed, in case you would like to track this closely. Alternatively, please do call our reservations desk at +91-80-4911-4949 for any further questions or clarifications that you may have.

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