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mudumalai wildlife sanctuary

A Few Must Know Facts
Ritco Tours» Area : Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary covers a relatively small area of 300 square kilometers but has rich flora and fauna like the other larger neighboring reserves.

» Climates : Compared to the nearby reserves, the climate is warmer in Mudumalai. The summers (April to June) are hot while winters (December and January) are very cold. Overall, there is not much difference in the temperature. Annual rainfall received by the sanctuary is around 1420 mm.

» When to Visit : The ideal time for visiting the park is between March to June and then from September to November.

» Nearest Access : Gudalur is the nearest town from Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, about 16-km away.

A Rendezvous With Mudumalai
Situated in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu is the wildlife sanctuary of Mudumalai. Established in 1940 as a sanctuary, the park is spread in an area of 300 sq km. Mudumalai wildlife reserve is an extension of the Bandipur National Park. The river Moyar that flows along the border or Tamil Nadu and Karnataka separates the two. The Mysore - Ooty highway runs through the park. The first sanctuary in south India, the terrain of Mudumalai wildlife reserve is extremely varied with hills, valleys, ravines, watercourses and swamps.

Sightseeing in Mudumalai
» The Flora : The vegetation comprises of tropical moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests and scrub forests. Bamboos, Natural teak, Anogeissus latifolia, Terminalia, Crenulata/Terminalia Tomontosa, Grewia, and blooming trees like Indian Labumusum, Aredesia, Solanancea are some of the floras in the park.

» The Fauna : The fauna include Elephants, Gaur, Banner, Macaque, Common Langur, Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Panther, Sloth Bear, Python, Barking Deer, Four Horned Antelope, Otter, Crocodiles (Mugger), Giant Flying Squirrel, Sambar, Hyena, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Jackal, Hare, Porcupine and Mongoose. The park is famous for a wide variety of reptiles.

» The Avifauna : Racket-Tailed Dronge, The Magpie-robin, Spotted Babbler, Small Green Barbet, Green Pigeons, Brown Dove, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Bulbuls, Mynahs, etc, are some of the birds found here. Among birds of prey, Eagles, Hawks, Buzzards, Harriers, Falcons and King Vulture are predominant, besides some migratory water birds.

The Park Trip
Ritco ToursFor moving around inside the park, there are three means of transportation that can be utilized. The first, an open van run by the park authorities. The second means available are jeep rides and the third, and probably the most enjoyable way of moving around the park is on elephant back. On an elephant back, it is possible to embark into the thick of the jungle where vehicles cannot go. It is also one of the best ways for bird lovers as there are no sudden movements and jarring sounds to scare of the winged wonders of the park.

All these rides move into the park twice a day. Once early in the morning and then towards late afternoon or early evening. Human movement in the park, except in the forest rest houses' premises, is not allowed after dark.

Excursions from Mudumalai
Mudumalai has some beautiful excursion destinations nearby. Situated amidst the blue mountains of the Nilgiri in Tamil Nadu, Ooty is situated around 64 km from Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a former British township that pulls thousands of tourists every year by its sheer beauty. Coimbatore is an important industrial city situated at a distance of around 160 km from Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the earliest tiger reserves in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. It is the natural habitat of Asiatic elephants and tigers. There are several other wildlife sanctuaries in the region, other than Mudumalai, namely, Nagarhole and Wynad, all of which can be combined to create a single visit.

Getting There
» By Air : The nearest airport is in Coimbatore, 160 km away. Regular flights operate from Chennai, Kozhikode, Bangalore and Mumbai.

» By Rail : Nearest broad gauge railway head is Mettupalayam (46 kms). Mettupalayam to Ooty, is connected by a Mountain Railway which is 4 hours journey. Major broad gauge railway junction is Coimbatore. The sanctuary is located at a distance of 64 km from ooty railway station, 65-km from Udhagamandalam railway station and 95-km from Mysore station. Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary is connected with all major cities.

» By Road : Mudumalai is well connected by good roads. There is a regular bus service from Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, Calicut, Kanyakumari, Tanjavur, Tirupati, Cochin, Kotagiri, Udhagamandalam, Coonoor and Doddabeta to the sanctuary.

» Private Vehicles : We operate well maintained luxury and budget category cars and coaches throughout India. Contact us before starting your trip to India to make your travel to India more and more satisfying.

Anchoring In Mudumalai
Ritco ToursMudumalai is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary situated between the forest belt of the western ghats and the enchanting Nilgiri mountains. Though small in size, it is quiet rich in flora and fauna. It is home to Asiatic Elephants and Tigers and many other species of animals and birds. This park also has a wide variety of reptiles. It is definitely one of the must visit wildlife destinations in India for the tourists. The tourists coming to Mudumalai must keep a few things in mind while moving around the park. You should not litter things in the park and do not disturb the animals. Maintain silence, so that you don't disturb the animals and can view them from close quarters.

To reach Mudumalai, you should take a bus or a taxi or a private vehicle from the Coimbatore airport or from the railway station or from any other place in Tamil Nadu, since it is well-connected by roadways. For a comfortable tour to Mudumalai, book with us, as we have a fleet of cars and coaches, providing excellent personalized services. Now, all you have to do is, to enjoy the trip thoroughly and the rest we'll handle.

Accommodations are available at forest rest houses and guest houses at Masinagudi, Kargudi, Abhayaranyam and Theppakkadu.

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