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How To Reach Masinagudi
Masinagudi is located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, nestled at the foothills of the large mountain ranges. The charming town is about 9 km away from the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and about 21 km from Udagamandalam (Ooty). The districts that surround Masinagudi are Mysore (81 km), Coimbatore (71 km), Wayanad (60 km) and Chamarajanagar (52 km). Masinagudi is easily accessible from either of these regions.
Probably the most ideal means to reach Masinagudi would be by train to Coimbatore or Mysore and a lovely trip by road to Masinagudi.
The nearest airport is the Coimbatore International Airport. The city caters to flights from Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru on the domestic front and international flights to Sri Lanka, Singapore and UAE.
Coimbatore International Airport is about 117 km from Masinagudi. You can hire a cab from the airport to drop you off at Masinagudi.
Coimbatore Junction Railway Station is one of the major rail heads of the Southern railways. You are bound to find a good choice of trains to Coimbatore from cities like Chennai, Chhattisgarh, Patna, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Haryana, Mumbai and New Delhi. There are prepaid taxi cabs outside the railway station or you could even fix up a mobile app taxi to take you to Masinagudi.
You can drive down to Masinagudi from Bengaluru, Ooty, Mysore or Coimbatore. The shortest route from Bengaluru goes via Mysore, Gundlupet, Bandipur and Thepakkadu and the gates of both the Reserves close by 9.00 pm and open by 6.00 am. If you are driving along, time your trip in view of that. From Coimbatore, driving through the beautiful Ghat roads of Ooty towards Masinagudi, is enchanting with oppurtunities to sight wild animals!
Bus services to Masinagudi from any of the nearest cities and towns are not regular and it’s always better to drive or rent a cab to Masinagudi. Or you could board a bus that drives via Thepakkadu, deboard if the bus does halt there, and hop on to a jeep that will drive you to Masinagudi.
There might be jeep safaris within the region that might be arranged at Thepakkadu. Resorts, if you are staying in one, might also arrange for vehicles or safaris. Since most prefer driving through to Masinagudi, it’s easier to get around that way, enjoying the sights at your own pace.