main attraction in Mysore specially for children, it also
is very educative for them. Some of the animals and birds
they would have just seen in books are in front of their
eyes which is why the zoological garden in Mysore attracts
more & more tourists everyday.
drive from Bangalore to Mudumalai runs over wellmaintained State
highways. The first stretch between Bangalore and Mysore is a
reasonably smooth run. Once you cross the towns of Ramanagaram
and Chennapatna, the drive gose through avenues of bougainvillaea
which form natural archways. If you are thirsty, you can stop
at any of the coconut vendors lininig the road.
Passing through Mysore is a honk - and - crawl affair till the city limits. Beyond
Nanjangud, for about 20 km, the road is a narrow concrete strip with shoulders
of tar. You need to be very careful on this road as the tar has eroded, leaving
huge potholes. There may be times when you will be forced to go onto the tar
shoulders to avoid oncoming traffic. Remember, utmost care should be taken then
to avoid damage to the underbody.
Once the road enters the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary limit, it is almost straight
with dense forest on both sides. Seven - and - a half kilometers after the Bandipur
reception centre, the road crosses over into Tamil Nadu and the Mudumalai Wildlife
The scenery along the road is varied with a clutter of small towns on the outskrits
of Bangalore. These give way to light forest and fields till Mysore. If you have
time with you, a stop at the fantastic Mysore Palace is worth the extra hour
to get to Mudumalai.
The accomodation and hotels for Mudumalai are on the road that runs from the
reception centre to Masinagudi. Though there is a sign warning that the road
is very steep and that you have to strain your car much with the kind of cars
that we have today, it is redundant.
There is actually more to do at the places to stay than in the park itself. Consider
yourself lucky if you see bison and deer. Should you happen to see a tiger, take
a quick look around for the saint who performed the miracle to make it appear.