Mudumalai is a quiet and beautiful place. After being declared a Tiger Reserve by the government officials just three years ago, efforts are being made to monitor and look after the 48 tigers that roam the park freely. Only 48 tigers are left in this part of the country! It’s really sad. I had hoped to see a tiger during my stay there, but the cats preferred to stay away from the tourists. So the only tiger that I saw during my entire trip was this one.
Anyway, so with a guide and driver, off we went to explore Mudumalai National Park. We stopped at a river at one point, where we saw a group of men swimming naked! Our guide immediately called the forest officials through his cellphone and reported them. However, the men left upon seeing us. I personally think that the officials should put up a NO smoking/eating/swimming board up there because it doesn’t say anywhere that swimming is not allowed, so a lot of tourists don’t really know. Our guide told us that elephants frequently walk by this place to quench their thirst.
We also drove up to a hill, where we spent an hour just sitting and admiring the view surrounding us. We could see small villages down below, a resort owned by an Indian actor named, Mithun, and some farms (which somehow reminded me of my own silly Farmville farm, which I’d quit ages ago).
Later, we drove back to the resort for a cup of tea and got ready for a night safari.