Namastey from team India Ghoomo,
Desire to be in the forest led us to visit Inn The Wild on 5th Nov 2016. This video is about our experience at Inn The Wild, hope you find it useful.
Nestled in the tropical wilderness of Mudumalai Tiger Reserve of South India, Inn The Wild is a rustic jungle stay that allows one to completely blend with nature & wilderness around.
Located in the Nilgiri foothills, Inn the Wild in Masinagudi is approximately 255 kms from Bangalore. We chose to drive our own car and left early at 5:30 am, we took NH 275 Route.
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The drive was lovely and scenic. At around 7:30 am we took a little stop over at Right O food court near Srirangapatna for breakfast. The food court is spacious and hygienic and you get all kinds of Indian cuisine. A nice place to take a break and enjoy delicious food.
After breakfast we got back to driving and reached the Bandipur Tiger Reserve at around 9:30 am.
The wild elephant sighting on the way towards the Singara post was truly amazing. We also came across a heard of deer and some cattle. On reaching the Singara post in Masinagudi village, we parked our car and went off-roading on a 4 wheel drive provided by the resort management.
The 20 minutes rough and super bumby ride to the resort is bone rattling and should be avoided by people with health ailments, elderly people, small children and pregnant women.
On arrival we were welcomed with a glass of fresh juice and the staff briefed us with the activities and plans.
Talking about the resort – we were totally amazed with the location. The property is spread on a considerable piece of land on the fringes of the Mudumalai forest reserve and apparently the only one inside without any kind of fencing, which means animals wander around the property freely.
Inn the Wild offers 4 four types of accommodation – Jungle Shack, Tribal Home, Tree Top & Tree House.
Jungle Shack and Tribal Home are very close to the reception & dining area and are ideal for people traveling with kids or traveling in groups. The cottages are very rustic and blend in with the surroundings and includes bedroom, attached bathroom and outer sit out area.
Tree Top is nestled at a top of a tree and it includes bedroom, attached bathroom and upper sit out area. It’s best suited for families wanting adjacent rooms.
The Tree House is nearly 700 mtrs from the reception area and is basically a Standalone mini tree house that offers the best view of the waterhole. it is best suited for people double-sharing.
The house is approximately 40-50 ft from the ground and includes a rustic and cozy bedroom with attached bathroom, a lower deck and a lovely upper sit-out area overlooking the water hole, forest and mountains. You can spend time watching the lovely landscape from the balcony and spot animals near the water hole.
The tree house is bit isolated from the core area and near the water hole, so chances of spotting wild life is higher.
For those staying in Tree top and Tree house, it is advisable not to venture out after 6:00 pm due to wild life moment. The management arranges a jeep for the commute to dining area.
The restaurant – is pretty huge, spacious and clean . Wooden fence offers view of the cottages with mountains in the backdrop. Interiors are minimal with lanterns hung on the ceilings and huge Tiger frames adding to the rustic charm and wilderness of the space.Food was served at 12:30 pm which was simple and good.
It was a bright and sunny day with cool breeze. Post lunch, we strolled around the property for a while and walked to the water hole to spend some lazy moments. With birds chirping around and the sun keeping us cozy, it was a perfect afternoon in the wilderness. After an hr of wandering around, we returned to our cozy nest for a quick nap and then headed out for the evening walk.
Evening Nature Walk:
We were picked from the reception at 5:00 pm for a guided evening nature walk inside the forest.
The sanctuary is the natural habitat to a large of numbers of elephants, deer, bisons, tigers and a variety of bird species and the chances of spotting them is pretty high.
The trail passing through the forest was accompanied with several small rocky streams which made the walk adventurous and thrilling. Breathing in the heavy forest perfume, while watching insects crawling around and the little streams flowing besides was a refreshing and rejuvenating experience.
On our return back to the camp, we walked to the water hole to watch the beautiful sunset. After watching the sunset we headed towards the campfire ground and ordered snack and evening tea.
We enjoyed the snack while watching the ever changing view of the forest that was getting dark and mysterious with every passing minute. At 7:30pm it was time for an open Jeep safari right inside the mudumalia tiger reserve to experience creatures of the night swooping around.
It was a quarter moon night and we could hardly see anything. Passing through rough trails lined by the dense canopy of trees in the dark was a thrilling experience.
We couldn’t spot too many animals except the commonly sighted animals like gaurs hare and a few nocturnal birds.We also spotted a herd of deer and wild boar on the way and inside the camp.
At 8:30 pm, it was time for dinner followed by a bonfire.
We woke up quite early the next morning and headed straight towards the water body to watch the beautiful sunrise. The management had arranged a morning nature walk into the forest which we willingly skipped and settled down to watching the birds. Inn the wild is also popular for bird-watching. We could spot quite a variety of birds chirping around and peacocks sun-bathing and grooming right outside the cottages. We literally didn’t have to go anywhere to watch them, they came right in front of us. For bird lovers like us, it could not have been more perfect.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast we headed back to Bangalore.
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Inn the Wild is a must visit and highly recommend place for those who want to feel the rustic experience of being inside a jungle. Let yourself loose and enjoy the sounds of the wilderness.