Masinagudi Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2021
Masinagudi is a beautiful hill station and a well-established tourist hotspot nestling amidst the Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiri district. Situated at a drive of just one hour from the hill station of Ooty, Masinagudi forms a part of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Lush green forest cover, stunning waterfalls, gushing rivers and rivulets, and picture-perfect landscapes all boost the Masinagudi tourism multifold. This is an ultimate weekend retreat for all those who love wildlife safaris and want to remain surrounded by wildlife. Nature lovers and wildlife photographers will genuinely fall in love with the beauty of this place. 

The town is loaded with some attracting tourist spots such as Pykara Falls, Mudumalai National Park, Maravakandy Dam, and Moyar River. Jeep Safari is the best way to explore the nooks and corners of this famous town of Masinagudi. You can start your day at Masinagudi adventure early with the Moyar River hydroelectric project and then explore other nearby regions. Sightseeing is the foremost thing to be enjoyed here with great chaos. The Mudumalai National Park is a hub for the local flora and fauna. Hence, wildlife photographers and lovers will surely have a busy schedule here.

Wildlife spotting, adventurous jungle stay, fishing and boating at the Moyar River, and Masinagudi camping are other adventures to explore here. As Masinagudi is perched atop a height of 950 metres above the sea level, this spot features a tropical climate. January is the driest month of the year while April accounts as the warmest month here. To have a relaxing break, you can plan your Masinagudi visit anytime between late winters and the onset of the summer season. The climate of Masinagudi remains favourable throughout the period between October to May.
Latest Information on Travelling to MASINAGUDI?

Entry is open from Coimbatore, Ooty, Mettupalayam, Thamarassery, Palakkad, Erode, Bangalore, Salem, Mangalore for all travel purposes and all domestic states for business travel.

  • Face masks to be worn when in public
  • Mandatory to download Aarogya Setu application before travel.
  • All inter-state passengers travelling to Masinagudi are required to register on state website and obtain TN e-pass issued by the district collector.
  • Tourist travel is restricted in the hill station as of now. Only business travel allowed.
  • Thermal screening to be done for all passengers
  • COVID-19 test is required for passengers arriving from Maharashtra, Gujarat & Delhi. Travellers from other states can also be tested for COVID-19 at the discretion of health officials.
  • Lockdown in Masinaguddi has been extended till 30th of September, however, there are major relaxations.
  • No complete lockdown on Sundays
  • Shopping malls and large stores to be fully functional
  • Tea stalls and restaurants can be open from 6 am-8 pm for dine-in. Takeaway is allowed until 9 PM.
  • All parks and playgrounds are open for sporting activities.
  • Places of worship can be open till 8 p.m.
  • Intra-district public buses have resumed services with 50% capacity.
  • 14 days of mandatory home quarantine for all passengers travelling to Masinaguddi from other states.
  • Symptomatic passengers are required to follow Institutional Quarantine till the time COVID test results are available.
  • Business travellers returning within 48 hours are exempted from quarantine after presenting the valid return documents

Coimbatore Airport is the nearest airport to Masinagudi. Flights to the airport are functional from Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and 2+ other destinations.

Local Transport

Buses, taxies, autorickshaws are running normally.

The Tamil Nadu state government is ensuring the safety of travellers and residents of Masinaguddi with major precautionary measures. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

E-pass by District Collector Required for People Travelling to Masinaguddi Updated: 14 Sep 2020

Travellers are required get all their documents verified and collect a manual e-pass that is issued by the district collector before travelling to Masinaguddi. For Masinaguddi residents, the e-pass shall be auto-approved after checking all documents.Read more.

Inter-Distict Buses and Trains to Masinaguddi Allowed from 7th of September Updated: 14 Sep 2020

Inter-district buses shall restart functions in Masinaguddi from 7th of September. The buses shall run with 50% capacity with strict social distance guidelines. The buses shall be disinfected and people without masks shall not be allowed to travel.Read more.

Hotels, Homestays and Resorts Open to Accommodate Business/Work Travellers Updated: 14 Sep 2020

Hotels and Resorts in Masinaguddi can take in guests who are visiting the hill station for business or work purposes. The hospitality sectors must follow all SOP’s required to curb the spread of COVID-19.Read more.

Business Travel Allowed in Masinaguddi. Tourism Remains Restricted Updated: 14 Sep 2020

As per the guidelines of the district collector of the Nilgiris, tourist places are still closed for public in Masinaguddi. However, business travel has been allowed.Read more.

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23 November 2015
Tara Sharma Homestay in Masinagudi, Book Online @ 40% off
Masinagudi is this unexplored little heaven in the south! I really liked this place and thought it was one of the most amazing places to go for a quick holiday!
09 December 2015
Tapan Arora Homestay in Masinagudi, Book Online @ 40% off
There is green everywhere here and man, it was a mgaical feeling. We had an absolute blast and the people here are just too friendly. We got to go on a safari as well here and we had an amazing time doing so.
14 October 2015
Jaimini Somayaji Homestay in Masinagudi, Book Online @ 40% off
Great experience. Never have I felt so close to nature. Amazing experience. grt place to chill out with friends and family.Looking forward for another visit,Soon!!
24 September 2015
Hamsini Khatri Homestay in Masinagudi, Book Online @ 40% off
The location is excellent since its very close to the tiger reserve and though we did not spot any tigers on the jeep safari we were still able to spot many other animals like elephants,spotter deers and a variety of wild birds. The trek was fun and the food was good but a little too spicy for me.
23 December 2015
Stunning place!! It was a perfect place to chill with my friends. we went there for a break from work and it was trully awesome. the stay is really comforatble and beautiful surrounded by forest everywhere. they also had a nice pool to chill out. we had a perfect weekend.
Girindra Pillai Homestay in Masinagudi, Book Online @ 40% off
The place was nice, excellent and very hospitable staff. Also beautiful view you cannot forget all over your life. Must visit.
Jagan Ramaswami Masinagudi Jeep Safari
"Absolutely fantastic experience. 6 safaris later we got the chance to see a motley bunch of animals including a fantastic black bear and a wild tusker. about 10ft away. Nothing comes close to this thrill. The safari guide was awesome and enjoyed our company as well. Will surely use the services again."
15 April 2019
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Amit Kumar Homestay in Masinagudi, Book Online @ 40% off
It was a amazing trip specially jungle trekking saw many animals including elephants tiger sambhar Gaur and deer
31 December 2015
Daksha Khanna Homestay in Masinagudi, Book Online @ 40% off
it was nice chillaxing amidst the beautiful peaceful..and serene. Its was a good decision to take a break and camp here.Really loved the peaceful atmosphere...its a good place to visit.

People Also Ask About Masinagudi

  1. What are the places to visit in Masinagudi?

    Untouched and unhindered piece of land, Masinagudi is undoubtedly a sight of delight amongst other places to visit in Tamil Nadu. Right from the wildlife explorers to adventure buffs to nature lovers, this town has got something for everyone’s entertainment. Here’s a list of some of the top pick bucket list tourist destinations to explore in Masinagudi in 2020 – 

    1. Maravakandy Dam – 
    If you know how to capture some exciting wildlife images and have got that photographic artist within you, the Maravakandy Dam is the location meant for you. Built-in the year 1951, the dam is a primary water resource for the hydroelectric powerhouse built nearby.

    The surrounding lush green beauty adds on to the absolute beauty to the surrounding. Get your binoculars while visiting the Maravakandy Dam as you have an animal tower here. With your binoculars, you can spend quality time spotting the local bird and animal species. 

    2. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary – 
    This national park cum wildlife is a real delight for all nature and wildlife lovers. Sheltering a wide array of animals here, you can research any species you want. Recently, the place has been declared as a protected tiger reserve under the Tiger Conservation Project. Southern tropical dry thorny forests, tropical dry deciduous, and tropical moist deciduous forests are present in abundance here. 

    3. Moyar River – 
    This 7 km long river of Masinagudi separates the wildlife sanctuaries of Bandipur and Mudumalai. The river gets its name from its point of origin as the river starts flowing from the Moyar town. Since the surrounding of this river creates a picture-perfect backdrop, you will find the place to be crowded by the wildlife photographers and adventurers.

    If you are fortunate enough to visit the river either early mornings or early evenings, you might be able to spot local species of tigers and elephants. This river is the sole water resource for these animals. 

    4. Theppakadu Elephant Camping – 
    The town of Masinagudi is no less than a real gem for the wildlife enthusiasts, wanderers, nature lovers, and photographers. The Theppakadu Elephant Camping lies close to the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and features a plethora of locally known elephant species.

    There are regular elephant training sessions organised here where the elephants are trained under professional elephant trainer. An elephant safari here would cost you around 1100 INR per trip for the Indian nationals and 11,600 INR per trip for the foreign nationals. 

    5. Ooty Botanical Gardens – 
    Located one hour drive away from the town of the Masinagudi, the Ooty Botanical Gardens is yet another popular tourist spot of Tamil Nadu. The scaling lawns stretched across a land stretch of 56 acres features freshly blooming flowers and creates a colourful ambience to adore.

    The authorities regulating these botanical gardens do maintain their own rare plant exhibits where you can get useful information about the plethora of herbal and medicinal essential plants that grow in this region.
  2. What are the things to do in Masinagudi?

    Apart from being a romantic weekend getaway, the land of Masinagudi is filled with heaps of adventurous activities. Accompanying a camera and a pair of binoculars, you can simply stroll through the wild countryside or explore the tribal hamlets. Here’s a list of all those notorious things you can do to make your Masinagudi visit an endearing one – 

    1. Tour through the little hamlets – 
    Masinagudi is blessed with innumerable tiny hamlets scattered all around. The picturesque villages of Bokkapuram, Moyar or Anaikatty are places to explore and greet the locals for cultural exchange. You can visit the smaller shrines there or stroll alongside meandering streams. 

    2. Safaris – 
    A wildlife safari is the best option to explore what is hidden inside the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve and the National Park at Bandipur. There are government organised jeeps and van safaris which lets you explore the nook and corner of these two famous wildlife spotting destinations in town. As the tickets for the safari are sold on first come first serve basis, you need to rush before the tickets are finally sold out. 

    3. Stroll along the Moyar River – 
    For all those who are wandering here and there at the Masinagudi in search of tranquillity, may seek their peaceful time on the banks of the Moyar River. This river originates from the town of Moyar, cascades down and then separates the Bandipur National Park from the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve.

    The place where the river cascades down is famous as the Moyar Falls and to gain access to this place, you need to obtain permission from the Forest Department there. 

    4. Bird Watching – 
    One of the best takeaways from your Masinagudi trip is watching beautiful birds here. This is a real sight to keep you engaged and occupied for long hours on your day at leisure at Masinagudi tour. Some of the notable species observed here are crested hawk Eagle, Grey Mongoose, Sloth Bear, and Yellow-crowned woodpecker.

    5. Get some knowledge about the hydroelectric project at the Maravakandy Dam – 
    The Maravakandy Dam is a hydroelectric initiative of the Masinagudi authorities. It is yet another beautiful sight to spot the local flora and fauna. A stroll along the sides of the backwaters gushing out from the Maravakandy Dam is a nice break for a few hours from your Maravakandy tour. 

    6. Enjoy your leisure at the Kalhatty Waterfalls – 
    Head towards the Kalhatty Waterfalls to capture some cascading effects of the waterfalls. Here, the cascades from a great height of 40 metres down the slopes of the Kalhatti hills. 

    7. Go shop your heart out – 
    Shopping is one of the most adored activities by travellers of any origin. If you are travelling via or to Ooty, your favourite local picks should be inclusive of medicated oils, homemade chocolates, dry fruits, winter wears, and tea. For all those who wish to shop in and around the markets close to the Bandipur National Park can grab on bamboo wood arts, wild honey, calendars, and so on.
  3. Which is the best time to visit Masinagudi?

    The best time to plan a trip to the Masinagudi is either during winters or during the onset of the summer season. The climate of Masinagudi remains quite pleasant and soothing from October to May. 

    1. Summers in Masinagudi – 
    Throughout the summer season, the Masinagudi remains slightly hot when the temperature ranges between 22 to 37 degrees. 

    2. Winters in Masinagudi – 
    The winter temperatures of Masinagudi are quite comfortable to roam around and lie within the range of 19 to 32 degrees. 

    3. Monsoons in Masinagudi – 
    With the showers comes in freshness and rejuvenating lush greenery all around.
  4. What is there to see in Masinagudi?

    Masinagudi, a small hill station of the state of Tamil Nadu is unique in its own concept. Here is a glimpse of what you can see in Masinagudi - 

    1. Places to visit in Masinagudi - 
    Maravakandy Dam, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Moyar River, Theppakadu Elephant Camp are some famous tourist spots of Masinagudi to explore.  

    2. Wildlife of Masinagudi - 
    Masinagudi has a wildlife sanctuary featuring 55 mammalian species, 227 bird species, 50 species of fish, and 34 reptile species. 

    3. Adventurous things to do in Masinagudi - 
    Wildlife safari, elephant camps, trekking, and nature walks.