The Mudumalai National Park or Wildlife Sanctuary resides on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills, in Nilgiri District, about 150 km north-west of Coimbatore city in Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu. Located at the meeting point of three states, Mudumalai is nestled in the thick forests of the Nilgiris and is well-known for its wildlife sanctuary. Mudumalai has been heralded as one of the richest wildlife sanctuaries in the southern part of India and is famous throughout the country as well as internationally.
By sharing its boundaries with the states of Karnataka and Kerala, the sanctuary is divided into 5 ranges – Masinagudi, Thepakadu,Kargudi and Nellakota. Mudumalai is also home to a Tiger reserve that has India’s highest density of tigers. Furthermore, seven hundred Indian elephants roam the sanctuary.
The Mudumalai Wildlife sanctuary offers jungle safaris organized by the Forest department and these are truly worthwhile. The sheer diversity of species viewable in the sanctuary coupled with the different kinds of forests offer anyone taking these safaris an experience of a lifetime.
Tropical moist deciduous, southern tropical dry thorn and tropical dry deciduous forests are found in the sanctuary. For bird lovers, there’s the opportunity to chance one’s eye upon the two hundred plus species of birds that abound here. Animal life including monitor lizards, hyenas, jackals, deer, panther and antelopes co-exist peacefully in this serene and green environment.
Mudumalai has a ton of attractions in the vicinity, and some of them include the Pykara Lake, the Kallatty Falls, the Theppakadu Elephant Camp, the Moyar River and many excellent locations for spotting and interacting with wild animals.
With its scenic beauty, sightseeing spots and trekking options, Mudumalai serves as an ideal destination for family picnics, adventure trips and one day tours.
Places to Visit
- Moyar River
- Moyar River Gorge
- Elephant Feeding Camp
- Madumalai Museum
- Kallatty falls
- Pykara Lake