Mudumalai is located in Nilgiri Hills at a height of 1000 mtr, Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu. Mudumalai means the ancient hill variety. Mudumalai, denotation old hills is not only one of the first wildlife sanctuaries in the country other than also one of the most attractive.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills on the interstate boundaries with Karnataka Mudumalai, which means "first hills", is one of the first wildlife sanctuaries established in India. The sanctuary is divided into 5 ranges - Masinagudi (in Karnataka), Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota.
Mudumalai National Park is located between the roads from Mysore to Ooty. This route runs for an element of the way beside the banks of the river Moyar. Mudumalai Sanctuary is a one of the famous traveler place in our Tamilnadu Tours. The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary was the initial Wildlife set aside in South India. An extraordinary characteristic of this Park is its terrain, which is extremely varied, with hills, ravines, valleys and swamps. Smooth the vegetation is fairly varied.
Mudumalai National Park
The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, now also declared a Tiger Reserve, lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills (Blue Mountains), in Nilgiri District, about 150 km (93 mi) north-west of Coimbatore in the westernmost part of Tamil Nadu, on the interstate boundaries with Karnataka and Kerala states in South India. Mudumalai is one of the first wildlife sanctuaries established in India.
Here one can often spot herds of endangered Indian elephants, vulnerable Gaur, and Chital. The sanctuary is a haven for Bengal Tigers and Indian Leopards and other threatened species. There are at least 266 species of birds in the sanctuary, including critically endangered species like the Indian White-rumped Vulture and the long-billed vulture
Mudumalai National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.
Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
There are 48 tigers in the Nilgiri Reserve across which tigers are free to roam. In April, 2007, the Tamil Nadu state government declared Mudumalai as a Tiger Reserve, under section 38V of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, in an effort to conserve the country's dwindling Tiger populations. Subsequently, about 350 families living in the core area have been evicted from the park and given 1 million rupee ($20,800) compensation. Those in the 5 km buffer area around the park fear they too will be evicted, however, nobody will be dislodged from the buffer zone. In fact, some people in this zone will be involved in the project as trackers and guides to enhance their income through eco-tourism.
The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary has one of the main elephant populations in the country. Other animals to be establish in this National Park are, tigers and leopards, chital, panther Gaur, Banner, Macaque, ordinary langur, Sloth Bear, Python, Otter, Crocodiles barking deer, Four Horned Antelope, giant flying squirrel, Sambar, Hyena, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Porcupine, Jackal, Hare, and Mongoose.
The Birds that can be seen at this National Park are, peacock, gray jungle fowl, the shama, the magpie-robin, the red spur fowl, the gray partridge quails, malabar grey hornbill, bulbuls, goggle eyed plover, Malabar screech thrush, spotted babbler, small green barbet, green pigeons, the brown dove, mynahs, etc. Throughout the summer, the deciduous trees shed their green leaves and adopt a floral garb while the arrival of the monsoons hails fruits and tender greens.
Accommodation in Mudumalai
Being a wildlife sanctuary it is surrounded by resorts and home stays. The forest department has cottages in various locations within the forests available on a first come first serve basis. There are various private resorts and guest houses that visitors can stay in. Hotel Tamil Nadu is one such famous boarding site here in Mudumalai.
Resorts in Mudumalai
- Teppakadu TTDC Youth Hostel
- Forest Guest House
- Mountain Rest House
- Oasis Mavanallah
- Bamboo Banks Farm
- Gem Holiday Resorts Ltd
- Monarch Safari Park
- Belmont Retreat
- Blue Valley Holiday's Pvt Ltd
- Jungle Hut
Travel to Mudumalai Sanctuary
Ooty Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary best time to visit this National Park is starting February to June. If you are holidaying in Ooty, then do take a tour of Mudumalai, which would add additional excitement and diversity to your holiday experience in Tamil Nadu. Tour to Ooty Mudumalai is a must while you are on a tour from Nagarhole as it is a place worth a visit. Pleasure trip from Mudumalai Sanctuary are another interesting thing to do on a trip to Nagarhole.
How to Reach Mudumalai?
Mudumalai by Train : The sanctuary is located at a distance of 65-km from Ooty (Udhagamandalam) railway station and 95-km from Mysore station.
Mudumalai by Air : The nearest airport is at Coimbatore, 160-km away, which has direct flights to Bangalore, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai and New Delhi. Calicut in Kerala has an international airport which is 140 kms away.
Mudumalai by Road : The Mysore - Ooty highway runs through the thick jungles of the park. Gudalur (16-km) the nearest town to the sanctuary is situated along the highway. There are regular bus service, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu state transport buses as well as private buses from Udhagamandalam (64km), Mysore (95 km) and the neighboring towns to the sanctuary.
Mudumalai Wild Animals Photos
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