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A rustic haven nestled in the foothills of the spectacular Nilgiris mountain range, Jungle Hut lies sheltered in the natural paradise of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Utter Serenity, as refreshing as it is rare. Hear the true sounds of the jungle coming alive at night - the stuff that inspired Corbett and Kipling.

They have extended their hospitality there since 1986 when access was only by four wheel drive, through muddy roads and past a wild tusker that stood guard at our gates.

At 3000 feet above sea level and a range of climatic conditions, the holiday estate is surrounded by a wealth of plant and animal life that thrives amidst sparkling streams and virgin jungle. Here you can trek meandering forest paths, enjoy peace and quiet under starry skies, or be bold and explore your wild side with a jungle safari.

At the end of the day, treat yourself to a hot shower in the cozy cottages and then relax for a while on verandahs that offer breathtaking views while ensuring your privacy. When you're hungry, come on up to the dining area. They cater buffet meals with a home cooked feel. The eclectic spreads please both Asian and Continental palates, including vegetarian and non-vegetarian preferences. The buffet is even more delectable as veggies, herbs and spices are freshly handpicked from our backyard. Your meals are complemented by the ambience of the candle-lit dining area overlooking the swimming pool.

Through all their travels they have not come across a hideaway offering such serenity. The guests the world over have echoed this same feeling. Don't forget to bring your camera as this is one holiday you will want to remember for a long, long time. So go, stay a while, enjoy the hospitality and nature at its best.

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From 12:00 PM
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There is an airport shuttle that runs from the hotel.
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The Stay

There is no television, no telephone and no music in the rooms to invade the peace and quiet of the surroundings. This creates an atmosphere of utter serenity, which is as refreshing as it is rare. Here you hear the true sounds of the jungle coming alive at night - the sounds that Corbett wrote fondly about...

Deluxe Cottages
If a taste of sheer luxury in the wild is what you were looking for, try the deluxe cottages. These spacious rooms are well appointed and each has a private verandah offering a panoramic view of the mountains. Four of these eight rooms are air-conditioned.

Regular Cottages
The regular cottages are a perfect place for you to rest after a wonderfully relaxing day. These rooms are furnished with local material, in-house paintings, and verandahs that skirt the forest. With beautiful natural scenery from your porch don't forget to come up for dinner. 

Tents
For a romantic outdoorsy interlude, cozy up in the tents or for you brave-hearted adventurers that have your own, bring them and pitch them in a grove under a canopy of trees or on open ground, weather permitting. The tents are mosquito proof and are equipped with bedding and sleeping bags. For added convenience, we have restrooms nearby that are recessed into woods.

Activities

Trekking
Walking shoes are definitely advisable on our treks as the forest paths are undulating, featuring rocky outcrops, bouldered streams, gnarled roots, and steep inclines.

This deciduous forest boasts a wealth of flora and fauna for the avid nature lover.  There is every chance of seeing/encountering wildlife (sloth bears, elephants, bison, dholes, tiger, panther, a variety of birds, etc.) at close quarters.  So, if that tree trunk you're leaning on moves, break into prayer and a full-paced run.

The birds are particularly varied and exotic, due to an immediate change in elevation of 3500 feet that provides a variety of climatic conditions, which appeal to over 320 species of birds.  The climb, reasonably challenging, begins through bamboo, passes dry deciduous forest, eucalyptus trees and finally the famed tea plantations of the Nilgiris. A guide will accompany every party of trekkers, to provide information on the flora and fauna, as well as to see to your safety. 

Alternatively one could also trek thorough open meadows along babbling brooks, rivers and watering holes. The topography can be as distinctive as grassland to scrub jungles to deciduous forests. 

Safaris
The National Park organizes van safaris into unspoiled sanctuary areas, The rides usually last anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour and spotting game is common.   Visit a forest department elephant camp where around 29 pachyderms are cared for and trained. You can witness them give a thorough cleaning, followed by a pooja (offering to the deity) by the elephants themselves and culminating in feeding them. Believe it or not, each has its own diet on an everyday basis to adhere to. But beware, lest you get taken for a ride!

Visit To 
Like the famous Darjeeling tea, The Nilgiris tea plantations are famous for its green leaf tea. A visit to a local tea, coffee or pepper plantations as a half-day or full-day trip could be organized. The trip gets all the more exciting and refreshing when one actually gets to visit a factory and observe the journey of the leaf through different processes before its end. 

Ooty: A day trip to Ooty, one of the many hill stations explored and discovered by the British can also fit into the agenda. It includes a visit to the renowned botanical gardens, boating on the lake; Toda Museum, etc. Shop for silver jewelry and don't forget to leave Ooty without a bag of home made chocolates, some eucalyptus and citronella oils.

Gopalswamy Betta: Many of our guests enjoy a full-day excursion (with packed lunch) through the twin sanctuaries of Bandipur and Mudumalai, to Gopalswamy Betta, a hill with a historic temple at its peak. As part of the Project Tiger Reserve, look down onto the plateau as tiger sightings are increasingly more common. 

Other in-house activities
Swimming Pool: With the "Blue Hills" set as a live portrait, the view of the range kaleidoscopes from lofty peaks to misty mountainside, hazy blue to emerald green.  This astounding view sets a perfect backdrop for the swimming pool each season. 

Games: If you are not out on one of your treks or safaris or even relaxing by the porch or pool, indulge in foosball, cricket, volleyball, or table tennis.  For the mentally athletic, choose from a variety of board games - Carrom, Jenga, Scrabble, Chess etc. Or just laze around strumming our guitar...

Bird Watching

This area of the Nilgiris is home to over 320 species of birds, both migratory as well as sedentary. The sholas and jungles provide perfect habitat for them all year round. Jungle Hut offers bird watching treks that can last from 2 hours to 8 hours depending on what you want. These treks will be an organized guided tour that will include the guide-cum-local ornithologist who has combed this area the last 29 years and been part of special teams in the related field in many of the National Parks of India. He will assist you in spotting as well as listening to the calls of our feathered friends. If on your walk you happen to hear a naughty whistle-song, it is for sure not a schoolboy playing truant. Rather it is the melody of the Malabar Whistling Thrush which one could listen for hours.

Some of the birds found in and around the campus of Jungle Hut
In and around campus
Grey Headed Bulbul,White Bellied Minivet, Jorden Bush Lark , White Bellied Woodpecker, White Napped Woodpecker, Speckled Piculet, Streak Throated Wookpecker, Indian Pitta Great Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Painted Bush Quail, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Yellow Legged Button Quail, Alpine Swift Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Sarvanna Night Jar Jerdons Nightjar, Great Eared Nightjar, Sirkeer Malkoha ,Pied Cuckoo, Drongo Cuckoo, Rufus Bellied Hawk Eagle, Black Eagle, Red Headed Vulture, Blue Face Malkoha, Malabar Crested Lark, Indian Blue Robin, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Brown Fish Owl, Eurasian Eagle Owl, White Rumped Needletail, Stork Billed Kingfisher, Blue Bearded Bee Eater White Cheeked Barbet, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Dusky Crag Martin, Wire Tailed Swallow, Crested Tree Swift, Bay Back Shrike, Puff Throated Babbler, Large Grey Babbler, Little Spider Hunter, White Rumped Shama, Olive Backed Pipit, Forest Wag Tail, Black Throated Munia, Plain Flower Pecker, Chestnut Shouldered Petronia. 

45 minutes from campus
Wynaad Laughing Thrush, Malabar Pied Hornbill 

One hour from campus
Scaly Thrush, White Bellied Shortwing, Nilgiri Black Bird, Nilgiri Laughing Thrush, Yellow Cheeked Tit, Nilgiri Pipit, Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher, Black And Orange Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Nilgiri Flycatcher, White Bellied Blue Flycatcher 

Booking
Guests who are interested in bird watching need to mention so when they make their booking so that the right arrangements can be made for the guest on their arrival. A guide who is a naturalist and ornithologist will be organized to take you into the forest.

Attire
Walking shoes, self colored clothes, a pair of binoculars per person and a bird book 

Timing
Bird watching timings 5.30 am to 10 am, and 3pm to sun down.

Suggestion
For a bird watching group a minimum of three nights stay at Jungle Hut is required.

Seasons

Best Season
The best times to visit Mudumalai are December to February, as well as June. Heavy rain is common in October and November and the park may be closed during the dry season.

June to September
The climate is invigorating, the forest lush, tender and green. Game spotting is at its peak. As we are located in a rain shadow area, we do not receive torrential rainfall. Our monsoon is characterized, rather, by short spurts of rain, strong wind and temperatures between 160C to 280C. 

Attire: A good pair of walking shoes is a necessity. Jeans or tough trousers and a  windcheater will save your hide should you should choose to walk through bush. If you prefer short walks or plan on lazing it, though, shorts and a T-shirt should suffice. Oh - and don't forget your umbrella! 

October and November
In this season, you should see plenty of wild life, as the undergrowth thickens for the winter. The temperatures range from 130C to 210C. The mornings are misty, with the clouds sitting on the mountain ranges. The North-East Monsoon sets in and is through by the end of November.

Attire: A sweater may be required. You will definitely need an umbrella or a raincoat, and a tough pair of shoes to help you over wet ground and rocks . A couple of pairs of socks would be a good idea - and a second pair of shoes in case you decide to walk into a puddle.

December and January
The winter boasts clear blue skies, cool, starry nights and sunny days. Temperatures drop significantly. Mornings are generally misty. 

Attire: The air is a bit nippy, and a sweater would be a good thing to have with you. We do offer the more exciting option of a bonfire on clear nights, though. 

February to April
The advent of summer is characterized by dry warmth. The deciduous forest is bare. Game is usually spotted around water holes. There are often small forest fires, which burn some of the undergrowth by day, only to be extinguished by dew at night. 

Attire: Light clothing, sun glasses, hats and sunscreen would be appropriate. Again, don't forget those walking shoes and trousers!

May
May weather is uniformly unpredictable - Pre-monsoon showers, warm days that draw in clouds, thunder bolts, short blasts of rain - and the jungle comes alive . The vegetation revives and sprouts fresh shoots. The birds sing louder. All in all the flora and fauna come alive.

Attire: Light clothing(think Baywatch) with sunscreen lotion(think sunburn).

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is Coimbatore (160 km), connected by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways with Bangalore, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai and New Delhi.

Train: The nearest railhead is Ooty (64 km), connected through Chennai and Coimbatore to major Indian cities.

Car/ bus: Mudumalai is 91 km from Mysore by road. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu state transport facilities are regularly available from Mysore.

Approximate distance from Jungle Hut to:

  • Bangalore 250 km
  • Mysore 105 km
  • Teppakadu 12 km
  • Ootacamund 37 km
  • Coimbatore 160 km
  • Cochin 450 km
Getting Around
The nearest towns are Masinagudi and Gudalur. The entire sanctuary can be covered by the sanctuary's minibus, jeep or on trained elephants provided by the forest department. In the vicinity: Ooty, Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park.
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