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How To Reach Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Updated on March 17, 2017
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A travel enthusiast, Sunil Kunnoth finds pleasure in making long train journeys with a mind to observe things around.

If you are in South India and wildlife is your passion, you should drive straight to Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu. Mudumalai is a National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary so famous in South India. The spot will make you cheer and satisfy the wildlife enthusiast in you. The forest, wildlife, the presence of some endangered species, fascinating flora and fauna, the tranquility and the overall enchanting environment, you have plenty of reasons in favor of Mudumalai.

Location


The most interesting fact about Mudumalai is its strategic position as a wildlife corridor between some of the protected areas being part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The famous Bandipur National Park and Nagarhole National Park are on the north side and Mukurthi National Park and Silent Valley National Park are on the south. The most enchanting Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is on the west and what welcomes you on the east is Sigur Plateau connecting Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary with Biligirirangan Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also between the jungle boundaries of three states such as Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Sights Around


  • The Chief Ministers Watch Tower
  • Moyar River Gorge (The gorgeous Moyar Falls)
  • Kargudi Viewpoint
  • Bison Valley Point on Masinaguid-Ooty Route.
  • Kallatty Falls located 30 km (19 mi) from Theppakadu, is a beautiful falls with a breathtaking view.
  • Pykara Lake – Located 40 km from Theppakadu is a clean and scenic lake situated between the hills.


Distance Chart to Major Towns/Cities

Place
State
Distance (in km)
Gudalur
Karnataka
16
Mysuru (Mysore)
Karnataka
90
Bandipur
Karnataka
13
Ooty (Via Kallatty)
Tamil Nadu
36
Ooty (Via Gudalur)
Tamil Nadu
67
Calicut (Via Vythiri/Wayanad)
Kerala
152
Calicut (Via Nilambur)
Kerala
126
Cochin (Kochi)
Kerala
253

Watch this Video taken from inside the jungle

Visit Time


6.00 am - 9 am and 3 pm - 6 pm.

While enjoying your ride through the forest, please note the following things. Observe silence. Observe the rules and regulations strictly since it is a wild life sanctuary. Never disturb animals in anyway. Don't feed the animals. Follow the instructions of Forest Officials. For any assistance, contact your guide or officials.


Activities


The following activities are offered for your total enjoyment.

Elephant rides. Elephant feeding is allowed at selected places. Vehicle rides in the tourist spot in the jungle is arranged by the Forest department in the mornings and evenings. Trip to Elephant Camp, where you can observe the elephants, their feeding and you can ever interact with them.


How To Reach


Road transport is the best option. You can depend on the bus service, so frequent, from Mysuru, Gudalur and Ooty. Taxis (Car/Jeep) are also easily available and affordable.


Nearest Railway Stations:

Ooty (67 km)

Mysuru (90 km)

Coimbatore (130 km)


Nearest Airport: Coimbatore (130 km)


Fuel Stations

Since the route is through dense forest and most of the area are deserted, you need to take care of the fueling needs. Also bear in mind that the route is the roaming area of wild animals like elephants, deer, etc., and they may appear anytime even on the road you travel.


Nearest Fuel Stations


Thorapalli - 7 km (towards Gudalur)

Gudalur - 18 km (towards Ooty)

Gundalpet - 30 km (towards Mysuru)

Mudumalai Guest House Road
Mudumalai Guest House Road | Source
Welcome board to the sanctuary
Welcome board to the sanctuary | Source
The breathtaking beauty of the Mudumalai forest
The breathtaking beauty of the Mudumalai forest | Source
The name board at the sanctuary
The name board at the sanctuary | Source
Elephant bath at Mudumalai
Elephant bath at Mudumalai | Source
Deer in the forest
Deer in the forest | Source
A road view to and fro Ooty (Masinagudi route)
A road view to and fro Ooty (Masinagudi route) | Source
Elephant camp at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve
Elephant camp at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve | Source
Gray Langur
Gray Langur | Source
A Peacock in the jungle
A Peacock in the jungle | Source

Contact Details


Reception: Range Officer, Theppakkadu: Phone: 0423-2526235

Range Officer, Mount Stuart Hill, Ooty: Ph. 0423-244098/2445971


Accommodation



There are several cottages in different locations of the jungle owned by the Forest department. They will arrange your stay on a first come first serve basis. You can also find accommodation in the various private resorts or cottages.

Forest Rest House, Phone: 0423-244098/2445971


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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @teaches12345, Thanks for your visit and comments. I hope you will find and read my another hub on Kerala elephants (http://sunilkunnoth2012.hubpages.com/hub/Keralas-E... Glad to know that you liked this hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      The elephant rides would be a big thrill for most visitors to this sanctuary. If I ever get a chance to be in the area, I will make this a highlight of my visit.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @MsDora

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving some fine comments. I am glad to note that you loved it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for the tour of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. I especially like the photo of the elephant bath and the video of the elephant crossing. Enjoyable! Voted Up.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thank you very much for the comments. I am glad that you loved it and find the sanctuary amazing.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Happy to know you loved this hub and the photos. Thanks for your encouraging comments

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The wild life sanctuary is amazing. The gray langur and peacock are beautiful. Very informative hub. Thank you....

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      How wonderful this is. Lovely photos and I'm impressed by the fact the animals are free in their own habitat. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      @MG Singh, So nice to hear that you had some travel experience to Mudumalai. I do agree with you that this is a lovely place. Thanks for your comments.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Thanks for your comments. Glad to know that you enjoyed my post

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great photos! Such a beautiful part of nature and a well-informed hub on Tamil Nadu.

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      I have been to Madumalai a number of times when I was under training at AFAC at Coimbatore. lovely place and well presented hub