I spent 3 nights at Wild Haven and didn't want to leave! It's such a peaceful setting with amazing views of the surrounding mountains, a perfect place to relax when you've been travelling around India for a while. I'm a solo female traveller and was very well looked after by all the staff...huge thank you to John, Roshan, Neel and Kumar! On the day of my arrival, we had an elephant stroll right onto the property which was an amazing experience. There is also a watch tower - a lovely place to sit and observe the wildlife. My room was very clean and comfortable (and with my first hot shower in a while!). The food is also great and there's a campfire every night where you can sit under the stars with other guests. All in all, this is a wonderful place and I will definitely be back!
The accommodation at Wild Haven is simple, basic and clean. There are 4 rooms in one block (two up two down) and a cottage with more accommodation with the main single story building in between. We stayed in a first floor room with a covered veranda overlooking the beautiful countryside. The only distinction between the scrub and the jungle and the property is an electric fence (which the deer are adept at negotiating) and so you really are staying in the wilds. The service is very friendly and the food is very good and your preferences are discussed with you and the meal made to your liking. Meals were served on the veranda of the main building so that you can continue to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. At the edge of the property is a look out tower and beyond the fence about 100m at the edge of the jungle the owner has created a pond which is kept full to attract the animals in to drink. We sat quietly for a couple of hours in the tower and were rewarded with deer, porcupine and three elephants, one of which was a huge tusker. Very special.
Had a fantastic time at Wild Haven. This is certainly a home away from home. The only option i would choose if I'm traveling to the Nilgiris. The constant supply of black coffee with the service hasn't changed over the years.
We first chanced upon Wild Haven a decade or so ago on one of our numerous rides to the Jungles and have been regular visitors since, though we've tried out almost eighty percent of the resort's Masinagudi has on offer. What I can say with certainty is that it has maintained its charm and its quality of service down the years with admirable consistency. Of the several things that make this place stand out for me, the first is the landscape. Sturdy cottages and rooms spread over a sprawling grassland dotted with shrubs and trees, with the mountains towering behind it and a rocky valley with a salt lick to its left as you enter. Deer come by in hordes into the property, more so in the nights, and you can enjoy them grazing, nuzzling each other, or generally lying around, from the comfort of the pretty little verandah bordering the dining hall, or while relaxing by the cozy bonfires. The aforementioned valley is banked by a watchtower where you can sit all day and night if you're an animal or photography enthusiast because a large variety of wildlife come by, depending on the season. Of course, spotting wildlife is purely a matter of luck and is never guaranteed - which is always sign of pristine jungles that has not been tampered beyond redemption by man.
Another thing that has always stood out for me is the hospitality of John and Roshan - the father-son duo who own the place - and the staff. They've done an excellent job with maintaining the balance between keeping it real and keeping it cozy. Nature and comfort, if you will. The rawness of this place is a significant USP as is the fact that they go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the customer's comfort. The food is delicious, buffet-style, with a home-cooked feel to it, the rooms are comfortable, and if you have children with you, rest assured they'll have the time of their life running wild here.
I've spent many a night in Masinagudi in various resorts and homestays and Wild Haven is true value for money. The wildlife, Nature, landscape, hosts, staff, location and food is sure to give you the best of what Masinagudi has to offer. Please do remember, these are jungle resorts and before visiting Masinagudi, you'll have to make sure you leave your urban mindset firmly under lock and key at home.
It has been 12 years now since i have been frequenting their place, and each time i go i return home with in numerable memories. Lovely place to start with, and wonderful host make you feel at home. Wildlife sighting is a matter of luck, but i have seen way more wildlife than i have seen on any safari, (Again, sighting is a matter of luck). A home away from home where you can shed your troubles and relax and just watch wildlife at the same time, i mean where else do you get to do this?
the immense knowledge of the locality and the wildlife the resort owner Mr. John has is mind blowing, and together with his son Mr. Roshan their passion in saving the wildlife and more so the entire diversity of nature is truly amazing. Listening to their experiences by the campfire has it's own charm. As a team they make sure that you are having some of the best time of your stay at their place and in your life.
Food is excellent here and so are the rooms and services, of these 12 years i have not had a single thing to complaint about.
For anyone who is looking out for a weekend getaway or for someone who is into serious wildlife like myself, the place suits one and all.
for anyone who wants to loose oneself and their thoughts with nature, this is the place, and i guarantee you you'll make some wonderful memories.
To sum up, A home away from Home amidst, one of the few remaining natural paradises in India.