Mudumalai National Park

Mudumalai National Park
Forest elephant at Mudumalai National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the northwestern side of the Nilgriri hills in Nilgiri district of Tamilnadu, India, lies the Mudumalai National Park. It was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 2007 by Government of Tamilnadu after giving 1 million Indian Rupees as compensation to 350 families who lived there in the core area of the tiger reserve. Come and see Incredible India at Mudumalai and surrounding states.

Mudumalai wild life sanctuary is home to many wild animals. Several vulnerable species and endangered species are found in Indian wild Life Sanctuaries. Those endangered birds of India found at Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary includes critically endangered species Indian White-Rumped Vulture and long-billed vulture.

Mudumalai National Park is surrounded by many other Indian wild life sanctuaries in nearby states. There are around 48 tigers in the reserve as per last data available. 50 species of fishes and 55 species of mammals which is 39 per cent of Indian mammal population are found in the area.

Mudumalai National Park is rich is flora and fauna and these areas have tropical climatic conditions.

Where is Mudumalai National Park situated?

Mudumalai National Park or Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is on the Otty – Mysore road, on National Highway NH 67, on border  areas of Karnataka.

There are two routes to select while going to Mysore from Ooty.  One goes through Gudallur town which is around 45 kilometers longer than the Masinagudi route. This route starts at around 7 kilometers from Ooty and is safer than the other route. This route is through Pykara lake (near Ooty) and Gudallur town and this road joins the other route at Theppakkadu on NH 67

The second route which starts at around 7 kilometers from Ooty and which goes through very steep Ghat sections with 36 hairpin bends. This road passes through Masinagudi and joins the first route at Theppakkadu. Then it is NH 67. Only expert drivers should take this route.

Once you cross the bridge on the border of Tamilnadu, the same forests are part of  Bandipur Wildlife sanctuary which is also called Bandipur National Park. Around 8 km from the border is the safari point where you can go for an Elephant Safari in Bandipur National Park.

Where can I stay on a visit to Mudumalai National Park?

Mudumalai wild life sanctuary and nearby Bandipur Wild Life Sanctuaries are famous weekend getaways for the nearby residents of Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala states. This has resulted in many leading hotels and resorts establishing their properties at both of these wild life sanctuaries. Nijaguna Residency is 3 star hotel at Chamarajanagar near Bandipur. There are many cheap motels and cheap hotels offering rooms for the budget conscious tourists. Many hotels and resorts give discounted hotel rooms in off-peak season.

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