Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (With Photos)

Masai Mara is known as Africa’s Greatest Wildlife Reserve, located in southwest Kenya. The first sight of this natural wonderland is breathtaking. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birds too are prolific. Including migrants, more than 450 species have been recorded, out of them, 57 species of birds of prey. Masai Mara Ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in world and this is where more than TWO MILLION Wildebeest, Zebra and Thomsons Gazelle migrate annually between July and October, during migration the sensation is unparalleled. Maasai Mara is one of the best plains' game reserves where you can actually encounter a live Discovery Channel, a haven for viewing a large group of all sorts of animals in a five-mile radius. Climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well-spread rainfall throughout the year. Rain mostly will be in evening or night.

African Buffalo's in Masai Mara

Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu

Mudumalai National Park spread across 321 Sqkm is located south of Mysore & north west of Coimbatore. Its also been declared as a Tiger Reserve. This National Park is located at the tri junction of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala states, with Bandipur National Park in Karnataka, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala & this one being in Tamil Nadu. This forest is part of the Nilgiri bio-sphere & also the western ghats.

The following pictures are taken in the peak summer (March - April), so you may not notice a lot greenery here. But for wildlife enthusiasts this is the right time.

Suttur Mutt, Sutturu, Karnataka

Suttur Mutt/MaTha, one of the major Lingayath Mutt, located in Nanjangudu Taluk of Mysore District in the Indian state of Karnataka has a history of 1000 Yrs. The Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara Mahavidyapeetha established in 1954 by His Holiness Jagadguru late Dr. Sri Sri Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji the 23rd pontiff of Sutturu Mutt runs more than 300 educational institutions in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, UP & other countries. The present Pontiff, His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, is the President of Mahavidyapeetha.

Shri Manjunatheshwara Swamy Temple, Dharmasthala, Karnataka

Dharmasthala is a Temple town in the Dakshina Kannada district of the Indian state of Karnataka. Its a very popular pilgrimage center for many Hindus & Jains. Dharmasthala is located on the banks of River Netravathi & surrounded by thick forest. This place is know for the very famous Shri Manjunatheshwara Temple which houses the shrine of Lord Shiva. The Temple & the whole of Dharmasthala & Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara (SDM) Trust, is administered by the Jain community & presently its headed by Dharmadhikari, Padmabhushan Dr. Veerendra Heggade.

This Temple, originally the house of a couple who were the followers of Lord Shiva has a history of 800 yrs. A lot of pilgrims visit this Temple every day. The accommodation for the pilgrims at a very reasonable rates is done by the Temple trust. A free prasada every day in the afternoon & night is provided for all visitors. One can also meet & get the blessings of Dr. Veerendra Heggade. The SDM trust runs many schools & professional course colleges in coastal & northern Karnataka. The SDM trust runs, Medical, Dental, Engineering & PU colleges in the educational city of Dharwad. It also has lot of colleges in Mangalore & other parts of Dakshin Kannada.