||A Few Must Know
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary covers a relatively small area of
300 square kilometers but has rich flora and fauna like the other larger
» 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
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.
» 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
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
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.
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.
» 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
» 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.
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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
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Accommodations are available at forest rest houses and guest houses
at Masinagudi, Kargudi, Abhayaranyam and Theppakkadu.