From Mysore we took a minivan $3 at 7am all in a rush, and then after an hour of picking people up we were back in front of our hotel! You shouldn't try to understand India...
We are going to Mudamalai National Park, where tigers, elephants, monkeys, and leopards happily spend their time all together, sometimes eating each other. The main road actually goes through the park, and you may even have the chance to see a tiger or an elephant crossing the street! Imagine?
We stayed in a guesthouse managed by the park: very basic, $16. Nice river view with locals doing laundry where occasionally crocodiles show up. Forget about good food here, also there's no phone service or wifi in the area. We took a pm safari on a bus, $3: it's a matter of luck seeing wildlife and we didn't have much: few deers, boars and an elephant. The day after at 6am we took a walking tour with Vishnu, a local who also manages a guesthouse in Masinagudi the nearby village, and I would stay there next time instead. We went through the forest for 2hrs -$13. This was really beautiful: just 4 of us, and quiet, animals were waking up, birds, monkeys and deers were giving alarm calls when they felt the nearness of a tiger or predator, there were footprints, bison skulls, elephant shit... all beautiful! : D
Next destination: Ayurveda Clinic! Local Bus to Perdamana $3, and then to Chetallouri 20c. 4hrs
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