The entire experience starting from Bangalore back to Wild walkers and back to Bangalore was just superb. Was lucky to get driven by the wonderful host Kamal and get his service in person at Wild Walkers. The journey through the Bandipur forest was pleasant with light rain shower on our way.
The weather there was fantastic and the surroundings unbelievable with mountains, valley and forest view from the cottage almost like a dream come true home. The home like atmosphere unlike the hotels which seems very commercial make one feel at home and very comfortable.
I woke up early in the morning around 6am (which i rarely do back at Bangalore) just to hear the chirping sounds of different birds with cooing sounds and echo. The sunrise behind the mountains is breath taking. I did record them in my mobile phone and took with me lots of pictures and memories. The food was of local cuisine and ate to my heart’s content during all my meals. The fire place help keep me warm during chilled evenings with cool breeze. The silence at night and the dark sky with stars shining bright and clear. sitting at the balcony and gazing away at the forest with hardly any light and animal sounds was fascinating.
Managed to see lot of Bisons (India Gaur), numerous birds, lizards, India Bear, Sāmbhar, Etc.... during the visit. The best being the close encounter with a Bison almost 10 meters away and capturing it in my camera lens. It did made me wait 3 days before i got this moment just minutes before leaving Wild Walkers.
Thanks to Kamal for scintillating hot water bath (water boiled with Eucalyptus and Citi Dora leaves) for an enriching experience.
The trek to close by viewpoints and drive on the 4 wheel drive open jeep was cool.
Also we had a village trek planned to Hullathi and chance to interact with the locals there and walk between the village and farms growing Potato, Carrot and Radish...
I only await my next opportunity to visit wild walkers and capture more pictures of the sunrises, birds and animals.
In short... a perfect way to unwind from hectic city life and connect with the nature at its best.
I would write an entire story if I had the time and explain my entire journey in detail. ;-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It's an off-beat getaway adjacent to the Mudumalai Wildlife Reserve. The beautiful cottage is a perfect retreat for small private gatherings & families with activities that will leave one with fond memories. The rustic design and rawness of interiors provide simple earthy comforts. Rooms are tastefully furnished with private wildlife viewing decks, offering views of the endless forest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wild Walkers India/Ooty (Udhagamandalam)