Mudumalai National Park


The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Nilgiri Hills, at a point where the Western Ghats meet the Eastern Ghats. This sanctuary has a mix of flat land, undulating parkland, open grassland, swamp, valleys and nullahs. The Mayyar River forms a series of spectacular cascades on its 65 kms route on the Udhagamandalam-Mysore highway. This sanctuary can be reached from Mysore too.

The 321 sq kms area of the sanctuary encompasses a National Park measuring 103 sq kms. The vegetation here is varied. The hilly terrain of the Western Ghats, clothed in dense mixed and moist deciduous forests, make Mudumalai a most attractive wildlife reserve.

The Mysore-Ooty highway runs through the Park, following the course of the Mayyar River, which separates Mudumalai from the Bandipur sanctuary.

The fauna includes Elephant, Gaur, Bonnet, Macaque, Common langur, Tigers and Leopards, Chital, Panther, Sloth Bear, Python, Barking deer, Four-Horned Antelope, Otter, Crocodile, Giant flying squirrel, Sambhar, Hyena, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Jackal, Hare, Porcupine and Mongoose.

In and Around

Moyar River
It runs through the dense forest this river is an ideal place to cite animals when they come to drink water along its bank.

Moyar River Gorge
It is also called the Moyar Canyon, is a dramatic 20 km long gorge dug out by Moyar River that plunges into the gorge below Theppakadu in a roaring water-fall. This fall is popularly known as the Moyar falls.

Elephant Feeding Camp
This is the place where one can interact with elephants and see how they are fed. The captive elephants in the sanctuary are no longer used for timber extraction work, since these areas are managed exclusively as protected areas. The elephants are engaged mainly for Eco-tourism, patrolling for anti poaching operations, to control Man-Elephant conflict outside the sanctuary or other areas and as a conservation and training centre for elephants which can be visited by the public.

Mudumalai Museum
It is near the Elephant feeding camp, this museum is the perfect location where some animals (who once lived in the Mudumalai Jungle) are preserved.

Kallatty falls
This is located 30 km from Theppakadu, is a beautiful falls with a magnificent view for leisure treatments.

Pykara Lake
It is located 40 km (25 mi) from Theppakadu is a clean and scenic lake aligned between the hills. It is an inaccessible lake, free from pollution and crowds where the tourists can enjoy boating. An annual summer boat race was introduced to this lake in 2008.

Besides these attractions, many scenic spots in the sanctuary are available like the Chief Minister’s Watchtower, the view point at Kargudi and the Ombetta Lake. There are multiple safari van rides on Sand Road, Circular Road, Manradiar Road, Jayadev Avenue and Bombax Road for more adventurous fun. The public roads like Kakkanalli – Torapalli road, Teppakkadu – Masanagudi road and Moyar – Masanagudi road are also worthwhile places to catch wild life in the Sanctuary.

Around Mudumalai
Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park is known for its majority of tiger species in its ranges. The park also shelters some of the most rare and endangered species of wildlife. Bandipur National Park is one of the protected areas within Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is an International Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats.

Wayanad Sanctuary
The second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala is the Wyanad Sanctuary. It is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife. It exhibits some of the rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna. The sanctuary comes under Protect Elephant and one can spot herd of elephants roaming in the area.

Masinagudi is best known for night safaris in open top jeeps arranged by the resorts management authority and expert guides for freely accessible in Masinagudi. The night safaris are conducted on the peripheral roads running through the adjoining forest and not into the park as freaking out in the buffer area at night could be dangerous and may create disturbance to the animals of this region.

For safari excursion in Mudumalai, the Elephant Safari and Van Safari are conducted by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. The tourists need to depart from the park headquarters at Theppakadu.

Other Activities like Bird Watching, Camping, Tree house stay, Visit to nearby waterfalls, Water hole visit, Village Tour, Swimming in the natural pool

Best Time

February to May and September to October is the best time to visit.

How to Reach

By Air
Coimbatore, 160 km. away is the closest airport.

By Rail
Udhagamandalam or Ooty at a distance of 64 km. is the nearest railhead.

By Road
Gudalur, 16 km. away from the reserve, is the nearest town. Small government minibuses choose the short route along the Sighur Ghat road and negotiate the steep climbs and treacherous bends in one and a half hours flat. Larger vehicles prefer the route from Gudalur to the reserve, which takes an hour longer. Private buses or Cheran Transport buses can be taken from Ooty to Masinagudi. Buses from Ooty to Hassan, Mysore or Bangalore, with a stop at Theppakadu, can be easily flagged down. Masinagudi is seven kilometres away from Theppakkadu. Buses run every couple of hours between the two points. Jeeps can also be shared or hired.

Stay / Eat

Where to Stay
Forest Rest Houses are available at Abhayaranyam, Kargudi, Masinagudi, and Teppakadu.

Jungle Hut
Bokkapuram, Masinagudi,
Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu 643223

Bamboo Banks Farm And Guest House
Achakarai Road,
Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu 643223

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