Bandipur – Masinagudi
You will cross this road if you are travelling from Mysore to Ooty
Located right at the Tamilnadu-Karnataka border, this thrilling 20 km stretch takes you through 2 tiger reserves which are a part of Nilgiri Biosphere – Mudumalai in Tamilnadu & Bandipur in Karnataka. Mudumalai is home to 40-80 tigers & Bandipur amazingly houses the second largest population of tigers in the world. Bandipur has half of Karnataka’s total tiger population which is 406.
It’s very common to spot Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Gaur, Langur & Malabar Giant squirrels. Tigers, Sloth Bears & Elephants have also been spotted during the early hours of the morning.
This road is closed for traffic between 9.00 PM & 6.00 AM
Chances of Spotting Wildlife: 6/10
Total Distance: 20 Kms
Moyar Dam Road
Just off the Mysore – Ooty road in the Tamilnadu side, Moyar Dam Road is a hot bed of Animals. A slow leisurely drive through this road offers you a great chance of spotting Wild Elephants, Gaur & lots of peacock. While coming from Masinagudi take a right turn at Singara Road – Moyar Dam Road intersection. You can drive all the way to Moyar Check Dam and take a U turn at the last village near the check dam. You won’t be allowed to get off your vehicles. You can easily see villagers who are always on the edge due to the higher number of elephant population. There are a lot of jeeps that take people through this road. To escape the jeeps start early in the morning or late in the evening. And never ever take your eyes off the road.
This road falls under Mudumalai Reserve & is an elephant corridor. Traffic is closed between 9.00 PM & 6.00 AM. However it is not advisable to venture into this road after dark.
Chances of Spotting Animals: 7/10
Total Stretch: 8.5 kms
Kattikkulam – Kutta Road (Tholpetty Reserve)
You will cross this road if you are travelling from Mysore to Wayanad
Tholpetty is one of the four ranges of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the other three being Sulthan Bathery, Muthanga & Kurichiat. Tholpetty is located at the edge of Kerala-Karnataka border on the Kerala side and is nothing but an extension of Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. During your drive through this road you could encounter Gaurs, Wild Boar, Elephants & lots of spotted deer. Another diversion from this road to Thirunelli offers some spine chilling experience as the road is infested with huge tuskers (Tusker Elephants) and is definitely not for the faint hearted. If you are driving during the day don’t Miss yummylicious nei appams (Ghee Appams) made by an elderly kerala grand mum @ 70 bucks a bag.
This road is open 24 X 7 to traffic
Chances of Spotting Animals: 5/10
Total Stretch: 16.3 Kms
Balele Nitur Road – Nagarhole Road
Hunsuru – Kutta (54 Kms)
Sholayar – Athirapally Road (Tamilnadu – Kerala)
You will cross this road if you are travelling from Valparai to Chalakudy
One of the few last remaining virgin stretches of forests in South India, this is one route where chances of spotting wild animals are greater than spotting fellow human beings. Along this scintillating road you will come across sholayar reservoir, Idamalayar Dam, Vazhachal waterfalls, the ever famous athirapally waterfalls and numerous other wild streams & miniature waterfalls that spring up out of nowhere during monsoon. This little stretch of nature wonderland is a treat to the eyes. Herd of elephants taking a stroll on the road, leapord crossing & disappearing into the thickets and gaurs grazing are all a very common sight.
This road is open only between 8.00 AM and 6.00 PM.
Chances of Spotting Wildlife: 7/10
Distance: 56 kms