- About Mudumalai
Mudumalai lies nestled on the north western side of the never-ending
Nilgiri Hills. A visitor to Mudumalai will be delighted by the sweet
little surprises springing up every minute. Mother Nature has graciously
bestowed Mudumalai with dense forests, swamps, valleys, grasslands and
bamboos along with natural teak which adorns the abundant variety of
flora and fauna. The place is best known for its famous Mudumalai
Wildlife Sanctuary, situated at a height of 1000 meters.
The name Mudumalai stands for the ancient hill range that slides down to the Mysore plateau. Its closeness with the Bandipur forest reserve, gives it wider access to gaurs and elephants. The advance to the sanctuary from Ooty is a stunning caricature, turning down 36 hairpin bends through forested hills and awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Mudumalai has captivated and captured the hearts of thousands of tourists by its absolute beauty alone. A visit to Mudumalai also gives you the advantage of having access to both- the enchanting hill station of Ooty and the industrial city of Coimbatore both of which lie at close proximity.
- Place of Interest
The top attraction of Mudumalai is the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
rich in vegetation and famous for its bio-diversity. Often quoted as
one of Indias best wildlife sanctuaries, it scarcely goes unnoticed by
any visitor. The sanctuary is an abode of a variety of avifauna species
in addition to its wildlife. The major animals include elephants,
gaurs, bonnet macaques, common languor, tigers and leopards, sloth
bear, python, barking deer, four- horned antelopes, otters, crocodiles,
giant flying squirrels, hyenas, wild dogs, wild boars, mouse deer,
spotted deer, jackals, hares, porcupines and mongeese.
The Elephant Feeding Camp is another attraction in Mudumalai - where visitors have an opportunity of watching how food is prepared and fed for elephants. Visitors can interact with the gentle giants by feeding the elephants themselves. Elephant rides are organized by the camp in the morning and evening hours for a fee. A museum which preserves dead animals is situated near the feeding camp. The museum is lined with cases of dead animals that had once trolled the forests of Mududmalai.
The Moyar River that runs along the border between Mudumalai and Bandipur is the habitat of crocodiles and otters. It is fun spotting animals while they come to drink water from the river. Other attractions in Mudumalai include Kallatty and Pykara Lake- Kallatty is a beautiful waterfall with an awe-inspiring view situated at about 30 Km from Mudumalai and Pykara Lake is located 40 km from Mudumalai. It is a clean scenic lake free from pollution. Boating facilities are provided in the lake.
- Best Time To Visit
The best season to visit Mudumalai Wildlife sanctuary is March-June.
- How to Reach
The nearest airport is in Coimbatore, 84 km away.
Nearest broad gauge railway head is Mettupalayam (46 km).
Mudumalai is well connected by good roads.