Mudumalai National Park
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park is situated at the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka on the North Eastern Slopes of the Nilgiris part of Western Ghats descending to the Mysore Plateau. An erstwhile game reserve, Mudumalai was declared a wildlife sanctuary with a 62 sq KM area in the early 1940 by the then Madras Presidency. With Bandipur Tiger Reserve (Karnataka) in the north, and Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) in the west the region forms a single, continuous viable habitat for a varied range of wildlife and is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. While Mudumalais western half receives the southwest monsoon, the eastern tracts receive the relatively gentler north-east monsoon which results in a diversity of vegetation types and typical migration of herbivores.
Theppakadu, is the Reception Point, where acomodation, Van rides and Elephant rides are arranged.
Ombetta vayal – swampy area is mid way between upper Kargudi and Mudumalai gamehut is a place to lookout for elephant and Bison.
Mudumalai approached from Teppakkadu or Kargudi is a mixture of deciduous and grass area and rewarding with all the herbivores and carnivores. Benne is grass, bamboo and teak area with Sambar, Elephant, Gaur, Bear and Tiger. Scenic spots in the sanctuary includes the Moyar River-gorge and the Chief Minister’s Watchtower, view point at Kargudi and the Ombetta Lake. The van rides in Sand Road, Circular Road, Manradiar Road, Jayadev Avenue, Bombax Road, and Public roads . Kakkanalli – Torapalli road, Teppakkadu – Masanagudi road, Moyar – Masanagudi road are rewarding places to see most wild life in the Sanctuary
Mudumalai is organized with well-planned paths and is best explored by jeep or open vans. Several trails skirt waterholes where exciting animal activity can be watched.
Climate is generally equable throughout the year. It is cooler between November and February and warm between March and May. Temperature ranges from 15oC-35oC
Best time to Visit
It is February to May and September to October. The clear days from late January to early April are rewarding for wildlife enthusiasts.
Rs. 15/- per adult
No private vehicle is allowed inside the Sanctuary
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