Mudumalai 32,155 hectares.
: Mudumalai, 1940 as a sanctuary.
Mudumalai wildlife reserve is a continuation of the Bandipur
National Park. The river Moyar that flows along the border or
Tamil Nadu and Karnataka separates the two. The Mysore - Ooty
highway runs through the park. The 321 sq. km. reserve is situated
in Tamil Nadu.
wildlife reserve was the first sanctuary in south India. The
terrain is extremely varied with hills, valleys, ravines, watercourses
and swamps. The vegetation comprises of tropical moist deciduous
forests, dry deciduous forests and scrub forests. Compared to
the nearby reserves, the climate is warmer in Mudumalai.
bonnet macaque, tiger, leopard, wild dog, hyena, jackal, sloth
bear, elephants, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, Indian muntjac, mouse
deer, wild boar, rodent and flying squirrel are part of the wildlife
in Mudumalai. It has a rich bird life that includes Malabar
trogan, Grey hornbill, crested hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle,
best time to visit the reserve is from February to June. The sanctuary
can be reached by road. The nearest railway station is Udakamandalam.
The nearest airport is Coimbatore. Accommodation can be arranged
at forest rest house, guesthouses at Masinagudi, Kargudi, Abhayaranyam
Flora(Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary)
The vegetation is quite varied in this region. The hilly terrain
of the Western Ghats, clothed in dense mixed and moist deciduous
forests, make Mudumalai (the ancient hills) a most attractive
wildlife reserve. Bamboos (Bambusa Arundinacea) Natural teak (Tectona
Grandis), Anogeissus latifolia, Terminalia, Crenulata/Terminalia
Tomontosa, Grewia, and blooming trees like Indian Labumusum, Aredesia,
Solanancea are some of the flora.
The fauna include Elephants, Gaur, Banner, Macaque, Common Langur,
Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Panther, Sloth Bear, Python, Barking
Deer, Four Horned Antelope, Otter, Crocodiles (Mugger), Giant
Flying Squirrel, Sambar, Hyena, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Mouse Deer,
Spotted Deer, Jackal, Hare, Porcupine and Mongoose.
birds listed in this sanctuary are Peacock-our National bird,
Grey Jungle Fowl, Red Spur Fowl, Grey Partridge Quails, Goggle
Eyed Plower, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Large Racket-Tailed Dronge,
The Magpie-robin, Spotted Babbler, Small Green Barbet, Green Pigeons,
Brown Dove, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Bulbuls, Mynahs, etc. Among
birds of prey, Eagles, Hawks, Buzzards, Harriers, Falcons and
King Vulture are predominant, besides some migratory water birds.
INFORMATION(Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary)
Facilities: Vehicles on hire and Elephant safari
TO GET THERE
Air: The nearest airport is at Coimbatore, 160-km away.
Rail: The sanctuary is located at a distance of 65-km from
Udhagamandalam railway station and 95-km from Mysore station.
Road: Gudalur (16-km) is the nearest town to the sanctuary,
which is situated along the Udhagamandalam - Mysore highway. This
sanctuary could be reached from Mysore as well. There are regular
buses from Udhagamandalam, Mysore and the neighbouring towns to
WHERE TO STAY(Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary)
Within the sanctuary is an elephant camp called "Theppakkadu",
where there is a rest house. Accommodation is also available at
TTDC's Youth Hostel and rest houses in Masinagudi, Abhayaranayam
and Kargudi and the Bamboo Banks Farm that is 18-km away.