On our drive to Bangalore this time, I decided to take a different route. From Cochin we drove to Nilambur and decided to take the forest root via Mudumalai- Bandipur. Having driven to Bangalore umpteen number of times through almost all the roads possible in the past 2-3 years, I must admit this was my Best Trip to Bangalore, so far !
This was so, especially because of the stop over place we choose at Masinagudi, through trip advisor. We drove into the Mudumali Forest area at around 5 PM was greeted with lot of wildlife (a bear, Bisons, Elephants, Peacocks, Mongoose, wild Boars, spotted dears, random birds) - all in plenty.
We were so thrilled by the wildlife spotting, that we reached a bit late to masinagudi town. We rang up Mr. David and confirmed our arrival by around 8 PM. He guided us correctly to his property. As we checked in we found that, he had instructed his manager to give us the Best rooms - Deluxe rooms, even though we had asked only for a simple and cheap cottage. The day we visited, luckily for us the resort had a big group which checked out and was awaiting another big group. Bottom line, there were not many other occupants that night whom we had to share the common space.
We were escorted to the common party area, where the bearers are prompt to fix a drink for people who need it. Soft music from personal gadgets are allowed as long as you dont disturb the other guests. Even for just 3 of us, they were ready to start a Bon-fire, which we politely refused as we were comfortable otherwise. The Dinner buffet was good too and we enjoyed it.
We slept by around 12, as we had to get up early and continue our drive to Bangalore. The rooms were very comfortable and warm with attached bathrooms and hot water facility. Furnished adequately and clean. As we woke up in the morning by around 6 am, we had some surprise visitors. A herd of 'spotted deer' right outside our cottage, grazing. We spend some time clicking photos and had a walk around the resort. We could appreciate the care and effort the owner and the staff had put in to maintain this place. We had to check out by around 7 am, as we had to reach Bangalore for a lunch meeting that day. As we were not staying for breakfast and lunch, the staff promptly reduced the charges for the same from our total bill, which otherwise in all inclusive.
As we were leaving Bear Mountain Jungle Resort, all 3 of us agreed on one thing; that we have to come back and stay at this place for a longer time.
Nevertheless, I recommend this place as a good night stop over, for groups (family/friends) travelling to Bangalore from Kerala side. You can convert an otherwise boring business trip into a pleasant and memorable experience.
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