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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bandipur to Mananthavadi via Nagarhole – December 2013

There are two routes running through Nagarhole National Park to Mananthavadi.
IMG_0821Bison Herd, Bandipur.
These are two options described as “Route A” and “Route B” in the map below for getting to Manandavadi from Bandipur via Nagarhole. For both routes the road up to Handpost Jn. and from Kattikkulam to Mananthavady are same. Even I did not know there are two routes existed through Nagarhole National Park to Manandavady, although I searched the internet before the journey. That is why I made this detailed route map & published here for those who want to take this course. Bandipur_Nagarhole_Mananthavady Some cautions before you decide on which route to take: For both routes, traffic not allowed between 6 pm and 6 am. “Route A” is more liberalized allowing two wheelers and lorry, bus traffic. Through “Route B”, no two wheelers allowed. It is mandatory to write details about your name vehicle reg. no., destination and time of
entry at the forest check post on “Route B” which is not necessary on “Route A”. If the Karnataka Forest officials catch you entering and exiting through the same check post after an up & down pleasure drive on “Route B”, you may be penalized Rs.1000/-. Jungle lodges and resorts like Bison Luxuary Busbetta Tented Camp, Redearth, The Serai, Kabani River Lodge, Waterwoods are on “Route A”. I did not find any major resorts or lodges on “Route B”.
“Route A”: Bandipur to Gundelpet – 20 km, Gundelpet to Begur – 15 km, Begur to Sargur passing by the Nugu reservoir – 38 km, Sargur to Handpost Jn., Heggadahalli – 11 km, Handpost Jn. to Route A Checkpost – 14 km, Check post to Bavali – 30 km, Bavali to Mananthavady – 18 km. Total 146 km.
Stitched PanoramaPanoramic view of  Nugu Reservoir
“Route B”: Bandipur to Gundelpet – 20 km, Gundelpet to Begur – 15 km, Begur to Sargur passing by the Nugu reservoir – 38 km, Sargur to Handpost Jn., Heggadahalli – 11 km, Handpost Jn. to Route B Checkpost – 33 km, Checkpost to Kutta – 36, Kutta to Mananthavadi – 28 km. Total 181 km.
WP6A7496Road on the way to Sargur
In “Route A”, about 10 km road inside Nagarhole National park is in very bad shape. The road inside Nagarhole National park in “Route B” is OK. There is practically no road between Sargur and Handpost Jn., Heggadahalli, which felt like off-roading. No shops, hotels or fuel stations between Gundelpet and Sargur (53 Km), so fill sufficient fuel before.WP6A7638 Bad road inside Nagarhole “Route A”
WP6A7632Road through Nagarhole “Route B”
IMG_0951Kabini Junction after Handpost on “Route A”. Turn left to Kabini Reservoir. Turn right to Mananthavady. you can see the sign boards of major jungle lodges & resorts at this junction.

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