Tracking animals in Mudumalai National Park
It is technically illegal to do trekking in Mudumalai National Park but we knew a guy that knew a guy that had hired a guide...etc... and we made it happen. Masinagudi is the name of the town... what a great place. Quiet, dusty little town with very little tourists. Natural and beautiful, still ruged and raw, wild and less influenced by the west. We loved it. We were there only for a week, but spent our days walking through the forest with native tribesmen, tracking and spotting wild animals. It was peaceful, meditative and yet exhilarating, because we were tracking wild elephants and Bengal tigers. I felt like we were trekking through the woods with the indian version of Tom Brown. We were walking quietly and intentionally, avoiding stepping on leaves or twigs, scanning the area for animals or movement, being conscious of wind direction for scent, learning the difference between scat, and looking for paw prints. It was awesome. We saw lots of wild elephants, 4 kinds of deer, rabbits, giant flying squirrels (those were my favorite), 2 different kinds of monkeys, chipmunks, bison, lots of birds including the peacock, eagle, and parrot.... and last but not least... we saw 2 Bengal tigers!! What an incredible week! I really needed a better lens for my camera to take great pictures of the animals... but I got a few. We are already plotting our return to Masinagudi... we'll see what happens
excitement after seeing the tiger
Colin playing cricket with the local bad new bears
Sanjai... our favorite guide. Being a former poacher... he knew his stuff, yet was so sweet and humble.
Ha! Colin preparing to fight off the tiger