Mudumalai National Park or Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Nilgiri District, about 150 km north-west of Coimbatore city in Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu. The Park is spread over an area of 321 square kilometers of land.
Mudumalai was declared a wildlife sanctuary with a 62 sq KM area in the early 1940 by the then Madras Presidency. With Bandipur Tiger Reserve (Karnataka) in the north, and Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) in the west the region. In April 2007, the Tamil Nadu state government declared Mudumalai as a Tiger Reserve, under the section 38V of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. The area is also being termed as Madumalai Tiger Reserve due to the presence of around 48 tigers in the Nilgiri Reserve across which tigers are free to roam.
The Sanctuary consists of moist-deciduous vegetation towards the western parts and thorn-scrub along the east. It is varied with tall grasses called ‘Elephant grass’, Bamboo, valuable timber like Teak, Rosewood, Mathi, Vengai, Venteak and fine flowering trees and shrubs like Indian laburnum, Flame of the forest and Coral trees. Riverine patches and swamps add to diversity. Among the fruit bearers are jamun, nelli, jujuba and varieties of wild Figs.
The sanctuary supports extremely diverse faunal population and several species are exclusive to this area. A wide variety of inhabitant in this Sanctuary including Elephant, Gaur, Chowsingha, Mouse deer and Sloth bear. The animals include, Tiger, Panther, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Blackbuck, Common Langur, Malabar Giant Squirrel etc.
Activities like Bird Watching, Camping, Tree house stay, Visit to nearby waterfalls, Water hole visit, Village Tour, Swimming in the natural pool can be done here.
Best time to visit:
Mudumalai National Park is open throughout the year. February to May and September to October is the best time to visit this Park.
Timings and Fee:
Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the sanctuary for complete information entry timings and fee.
There are several accommodation options around Mudumalai National Park to accommodate outsiders or tourists. Visitors are advised to get in touch with us to get know about accommodation and other facilities along with charges.
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.