Mudumalai national park
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Mudumalai National Park

  • Location :  65-km From Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu

  • Coverage area : 321-Sq-Kms

  • Main attraction : Chital (spotted deer), Tiger 

  • Best time to visit : February to June

  • Nearby excursions : Moyar River , Mudumalai Museum, Kallaty Falls

  • Nearby cities : Udhagamandalam

Declared as a famous tiger reserve, Mudumalai National Park is the home to several endangered and vulnerable species that include Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, gaur and Indian leopard, along with more than 250 uncommon species of birds. Located on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills (Blue Mountains), Mudumalai National Park is a rich wildlife habitat and ideal home several animals including many endangered species.


Location of the Mudumalai National Park

The Mudumalai National Park is located on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills in Nilgiri District about 150 km north-west to Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. State-wise, the sanctuary shares its boundaries with Karnataka and Kerala, and is divided into five different ranges - Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota.

The national park shares its position very strategically as a wildlife corridor between multiple other protected areas covering as an essential part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Bandipur National Park and Nagarhole National Park lie to its north while the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary covers to its west and the south is adorned with Mukurthi National Park and Silent Valley National Park. The entire area of lush greenery and rich flora and fauna along with protected wildlife covers over 3,300 sq km of forest area supporting a population of over 2000 elephants alone!


Climatic conditions

Keeping in mind its location at the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu, Mudumalai National Park enjoys a moderate climate which accounts for its rich bio-diversity and dense vegetation attracting tourists with its lush green natural beauty and exotic wildlife. Demographically, it lies in the south eastern part of the Indian peninsula - extending between 8º 04' N latitude and 78º 0' E longitude, and that makes the area moderately warm throughout the year with a slight variation in temperatures during the summer and winter. However, specifically from April to June, the area is hot, contrasting comparatively cold winters in December and January. The annual rainfall the area receives is around 1420 mm.


Best time to visit mudumalai national park

The best thing is, you can visit Mudumalai National Park anytime throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is from March to June and from September to October.


Animals that inhabit the park

Indian Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Gaur and Indian Leopard are among the several endangered and vulnerable species that find Mudumalai their protected home. Owing to its rich diversity in wildlife preservation, there are near 266 different species of birds including critically endangered Indian white-rumped vulture and long-billed vulture. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is the proud home of 8% of the bird species in India among which 110 species are insectivores, 62 are carnivores, 23 species are fishivores, 12 species are omnivores and 20 species are grainivores.

Apart from these, there are about 50 species of fishes, 21 species of amphibians, 34 species of reptiles, and 55 species of mammals. As a matter of fact, 13% of all wildlife mammal species in India are found in Mudumalai National Park.


Distance from major cities

Long Island is the nearest town from the park which lies 64 km to the south of the Long Island.

  • Coimbatore ,160 km

  • Gudalur ,16 km

  • Mysore ,90 km

  • Ooty,64 km

  • Bangalore,245 km

  • Thorapalli ,7 km

  • Gundalpet ,30 km


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Airways

  • Located 160 km away from Mudumalai National Park, the nearest airport is Coimbatore, an international airport connecting several destinations over the country as well as the world – namely Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Pune, Sharjah, Bangkok, Singapore and Ahmedabad to mention a few.

  • There are facilities to hire cab or book a rented car from the airport to the sanctuary.

Railways

  • The nearest railway station is in Ooty located 64 km away from the sanctuary.

  • You can also reach Coimbatore railway station which is better connected with major cities of the country.

  • From both the railway stations, you can hire a cab or bus to reach the park.

Roadways

  • The nearest town is Gudalur which is only 16 km from Mudumalai National Park. Connectivity is via minibus, private and government buses, and also cabs which are all available from cities like Ooty, Gudalur, Mysore, Bangalore, Coimbatore and other cities to Thepakadu. Jeeps or buses can be hired from Thepakadu to reach the sanctuary.

  • There are two routes to reach the destination from Ooty – one that covers Kallatty with routes full of natural forests amidst hairpin bends. And another following the National Highway of Gudalur which is a well-maintained road connecting different cities.

Accommodation facilities

The national park being one of the most favorite tourism spots of Tamil Nadu, Mudumalai enjoys good footfall of travelers throughout the year. And the accommodation facilities are in abundance with great amenities and located in proximity to the park. There are numerous luxury suites and hotels available in the vicinity of the sanctuary to enjoy the jungle tour to its best.

Hotels are mostly pre-booked and crowded during the peak tourist seasons. Hence, it is advisable to book your rooms well in advance to be on the safer side – especially for travel between June to September and October to December, as the season is best suited for wildlife spotting.

Things to do

Safaris

You will get plenty of options of safari excursion in Mudumalai, conducted by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. There are options for Elephant Safari, Van Safari, and Road Safari, and all of these depart from the park headquarters at Theppakadu.

  • Jungle Safari: 2 hours – twice a day (06:00 am to 08:00 am and 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm)

  • Road Safari: 2 hours – twice a day (06:00 am to 08:00 am and 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm)

  • Elephant Safari: 40 mins – Mornings only (06:00 am – 06:40 am)

Excursion at Bandipur National Park

Known for its majority of tiger species, Bandipur is one of the most popular tourist spots in this region across Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It also shelters few of the most rare and endangered species of wildlife and hence is declared as an International Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats.

Wayanad Sanctuary

Among the most popular excursions at Mudumalai is a visit to the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala – the Wayanad Sanctuary, which is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife, exhibiting some of the rarest of endangered species of flora and fauna. The sanctuary is famous as a shelter for elephants and you may spot several herds roaming around.

Masinagudi

If you are interested in night safaris, Masinagudi is the best choice that conducts open top jeep safaris guided by experts in the area.

Other activities

Several other activities take place in Mudumalai National Park including :

  • Bird Watching

  • Camping

  • Tree house stay

  • Visit to nearby waterfalls

  • Water hole visit

  • Village Tour

  • Swimming in the natural pool

Masinagudi

  • Moyar River – It is a delight to watch the animal flock near the Moyar River in the middle of the dense forest to quench their thirst or to take bath.

  • Moyar River Gorge – Also known as the Moyar Canyon, it is a 20 km long gorge dug out by the River Moyar plunging down to Theppakadu in a roaring waterfall named as Moyar Falls.

  • Mudumalai Museum – Preservation area of the animals that once lived in the Mudumalai Jungle, it is located quite near the Elephant feeding camp.

  • Kallaty Falls – Situated around 30 km from Theppakadu, it is a spectacular waterfall to treat your eyes with.

  • Pykara Lake – This crystal clear lake famous for its scenic beauty is located 40 km from Theppakadu amidst the hills. Free from pollution, this inaccessible lake is a favorite of tourists for boating.

Conclusions

Make Mudumalai National Park your next holiday destination if you want to devour yourself with nature to its closest proximity.


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