Masinagudi Trip

Masinagudi, a beautiful small little hamlet in the middle of a Jungle. Optimum Stay: two nights and a day.

The first one hour was nice. I was telling myself “This is easy!”. The next hour, it got numb. I said to myself “This isn’t all that bad!”. And then it started – began to burn.
It refers to the part of the body that’s on the seat! Yes, I went by Royal Enfield from Chennai. 1400 kms, two days. I had a good time, partly scary – was the pillion when the bike was doing 120 kmph and mostly awesome – great place, great ride (my whole body will agree except for the cells that had to sacrifice sensitivity by constantly rubbing against the seat and some muscles in the back), great photos.

The route we took (google maps)
Chennai – Krishnagiri – Hosur – NICE road – Mysore – Bandipur – Masinagudi

We came back :(google maps)
Masinagudi – Gundlupet – Asanur – Chamaraja Nagar – Dhimbam – Sathyamangalam – Salem (dont get into erode, take the bypass) – Krishnagiri – Chennai

Experience and route!
 On the way to Masinagudi, the roads till Mysore are boring – wide, monotonous. From Mysore to Bandipur the road is a bit narrow but the view on the sides is great.
Bandipur to Masinagudi stretch is pure bliss, why wouldn’t it be, its surrounded by forest and we were lucky to spot a tusker, Wild Boar, Bisons, Peacock/hens, Deers. And the weather was awesome.
And then we entered Masinagudi. Small hamlet, beautiful place. We didn’t have anything booked in advance so we had to settle for something not that great. The climate was awesome- slight drizzle and cold – a welcome change for Chennaites.

Coming back:
Next day morning, we started from Masinagudi by 9 AM, Went through Gundlupet which has a lot of old temple ruins, we didn’s stop as we wanted to reach Chennai by 10PM, at least. Stopped at a home mess, Banneri Amma mess, in a small village and had delicious idlis for breakfast. Entered forest roads and were on it till Asanur. We had no luck with sighting animals. Then to Dhimbam, Bannari (famous temple there) and superb ghat roads.

We reached Sathyamangalam by 12 noon, took a thirty minutes rest and left for Salem. Took the Erode bypass and reached Salem by 2:45. Had yum lunch at Hotel Raja’s and left Salem by 3:30 and reached Krishnagiri by 5 and then Chennai by 9:15.

More photos taken during the Masinagudi trip


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