Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
#5 of 23 Places to Visit in Ooty
Distance (From Ooty): 37 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
Place Location: On Ooty-Mysore Road
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 12 km from Bandipur National Park, 37 km from Ooty, and 92 km from Mysore, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary or Mudumalai National Park is located at the foothills of the Nilgiri hills in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the finest and most attractive wildlife sanctuaries in South India and also one of the top places to visit in Ooty.
Mudumalai is the first sanctuary in South India set up in 1940 and was declared as a National Park in 1990. In April 2007, the Tamil Nadu state government declared Mudumalai to be a tiger reserve. The sanctuary is situated on Karnataka-Kerala border adjacent to Bandipur National Park of Karnataka and Wayanad (Muthanga) Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala. At an altitude of 1140 m, the sanctuary is spread over 103.24 Sq. km on Ooty - Mysore road and is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Tamilnadu. Mudumalai is a part of Niligiri Biosphere Reserve which includes the Bandipur National Park, Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarhole) in Karnataka, and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala.
By sharing its boundaries with the states of Karnataka and Kerala, the sanctuary is divided into 5 ranges - Masinagudi, Theppakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota. There is a high diversity of animal life in the park with about 50 species of fishes, 21 species of amphibians, 34 species of reptiles, 200 species of birds and 50 species of mammals. The park is ideal home to several endangered and vulnerable species including Elephant, Tiger, Gaur, Leopard, Deer, Wild dog etc. There are about 200 species of birds in the park, including White rumped vulture, long billed vulture, Red crest, Mynas, Parakeets, and Owls etc.
Theppakadu is the entry point to the Sanctuary which has an Information Centre. The forest department organizes Elephant Safari into the park and also Elephant Interaction Camp. Trekking is NOT permitted in Mudumalai. Also, NO jeep safaris are available here and private vehicles are only allowed on the outer peripheral roads in the park. Forest Department runs mini-bus safaris into the Park starting from Theppakadu. The safari bus stops at Moyar Watchtower which offers spectacular views of Moyar Gorge & Waterfalls. Morning is the best time for safari to spot the wildlife. The safari takes visitors to jungle home campus, which is situated 10 km into the deep jungle.
Forest Department has accommodation in Forest Rest Houses at Theppakadu, Kargudi, Abayaranyam and Masinagudi. The forest department has cottages in various locations within the forests available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are various private resorts and guest houses that visitors can stay in.
The best time to visit the Mudumalai National Park is from December to June.
Vehicle Safari (1 Hr): 6 AM - 9 AM & 3 PM - 6 PM
Elephant Safari (40 Min): 7.30 AM - 10.30 AM & 2.30 PM - 5. 30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 135 per Person for Canter Safari, Rs. 25 for Camera, Rs. 150 for Video, Rs. 1500 for Jeep