Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Ooty

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

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70 Ratings & 58 Reviews

About Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Summer: 7.00 AM - 6.30 PM

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary or the Tiger Reserve is an adventurous sightseeing place in Ooty. It is situated in the Nilgiri hills, where the Western Ghats meet the Eastern Ghats. The entire sanctuary covers a wide area of 32,155 hectares, comprising open grassland, valley, flat land, swamp and nullas.
This sanctuary is located at an elevation of 1000 metres between Karnataka and Kerala. The wildlife of this sanctuary is a home to tiger, wild dog, langur, sloth bear, elephants and bonnet macaque. This sanctuary is also houses leopard, hyena, jackal, spotted deer, mouse deer, wild boar, flying squirrel and more.

It is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India and also has an elephant camp, named 'Theppakkadu'. In this camp, tourists can find a rest house along with TTDC's Youth Hostel. Visitors can find rest houses in Abhayaranayam, Kargudi and Masinagudi. Moreover, the rest house in the Bamboo Banks Farm is just 18 km away from this sanctuary.  

Under the section 38V of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the Tamil Nadu State Government declared this sanctuary as a Tiger Reserve. Currently, there are around 48 tigers in this reserve that roam freely inside the area. This wildlife sanctuary is home to 227 bird species, 110 species of insectivores and 23 fishivores. In addition, 20 species of graminivores, 62 species of carnivores and 12 species of omnivores also inhabit the place.

This wildlife sanctuary is located at elevation varying from 960 metres to 1266 metres. The climate here in this sanctuary is mainly tropical savannah or tropical dry and wet. Rainfall in this region generally varies from 790 mm to 2000 mm.

What travellers are saying about Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Experience scale
  • Excellent 17
  • Very Good 14
  • Good 7
  • Average 7
  • Below Average 4
  • Poor 5
  • Terrible 4
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  2-3hrs
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

1 Video Reviews for Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary


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  • Arushikumar8
  • 1 Review
  •  40 helpful votes
  •  21 readers
  • Posted Jul 30, 2016
Overall Rating
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58 traveller reviews for Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

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Dhaval Ramtirthkar

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  • Dhaval Ramtirthkar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2624 readers

"Only deer" new review

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Firstly, only 45 minutes for a ride in the huge park is simply not enough. We only saw lots and lots of deer, some peacocks, some bison, no elephant and no other animal.
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Shruti Saraff

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  • Shruti Saraff
  • 7 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  993 readers

"Waste of time and money"

  • 1.5/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
It is really a waste of time and money. The car-wallahs charge too much and just drive you around. You hardly get to see anything beyond Deer and a few Peacocks. We saw a Bison but it was really far away. The whole trip was just a waste. The private car-wallahs tell you that the government jeeps do not take you deep into the forest but that is a lie. As it turns out, it is better to go for the government jeep trip, if you do go at all. The roads are in bad shape.
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Azhar Ajju

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  • Azhar Ajju
  • Lives in Chittoor
  • 1 Review
  •  794 readers

"Largest wildlife sanctuary"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 20, 2016
Good place to visit in entire South India. One of the largest wildlife sanctuary I have ever seen in my life. It has lots of animals like Tigers, Lions, etc.
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Pooran mal Choudhary

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  • Pooran mal Choudhary
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 4 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  3436 readers

"Best Wildlife Tiger reserve in Southern India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 18, 2016
You can see lots of Wild animals like Herds of Elephants, Chital, Wild Boar and if you are lucky you can see Tiger and Panthers. A view of dense Forest. Best visit for nature lovers. I saw Herd of 15 Elephants and clicked the pic in my Mobile. Chital (spotted Deer) in 100rds in numbers.
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Rohit Rohit

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  • Rohit Rohit
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2107 readers


  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 22, 2015
Take a two wheeler from Ooty and visit Mudumalai via Coonoor. You will never regret it, no need to pay money to the safari guys you can take your own vehicle however if you want to help those guys out there sure, they will take 500-600 RS.
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Natesh Babu

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  • Natesh Babu
  • Lives in Tiruchirappalli
  • 7 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2019 readers

"Wild life experience with wild ride"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Oct 28, 2015
We had travelled on road from Bangalore and since Mudumalai was en-route, we had expected a lot. But unfortunately the forest was dry with random forest fire. We opted for a jeep ride into the forest for no avail. Except for Deers and Monkeys we did not see much. Better luck next time probably.
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Dhinakaran purushothaman

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  • Dhinakaran purushothaman
  • 2 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1246 readers

"Ideal Wildlife - Sightseeing place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2015
The drive through the core forest area itself is cool one to do. It's better to make a Morning trip so that you shall have more chance of sighting wildlife. You can't expect to sight a Tiger but sure you've better chance for Deer, Elephant, Bison, Peacock, Woodpecker, Mongoose, different types Monkeys, Birds etc. Single Elephant is always dangerous to encounter with but still people use to tease the Elephant to chase chase them (must be avoided / restricted activity).

You have to arrange yourself food and restroom necessities at nearby Gudalur. You may drive through with your own facilities or make a trip using Van and Jeeps available on rent. (Further Elephant trips and Trekking needs approval from the forest department and requires more facilities ).
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Sridharan Raghavan

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  • Sridharan Raghavan
  • Lives in Tiruchirappalli
  • 3 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2906 readers

"The sighting of animals is pure luck"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 27, 2015
Mudumalai sanctuary is about 60 kms from Ooty. From Ooty bus stand buses ply every half an hour. Private taxis charge Rs. 1800 onwards to take you there and bring back. In the sanctuary, guided tours are arranged by the first department for a fare of Rs270 per head. Private jeeps are available at a higher rate but they are not allowed inside the reserved forest area. So it is better to avail the forest department facilities.

The sighting of animals is pure luck, we can see peacocks and groups of deer easily. If lucky, elephants and bears can be sighted, sighting of tiger is rare and we cannot say whether it is lucky to sight them at all! The forest trips are arranged 7 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon. We should reach before 2. 30 pm to have a successful trip. We should follow the rules of the forest department throughout this trip. We should not cause any trouble to the wild life knowingly or unknowingly. There is also a wildlife museum for zoological informations.
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Bhavani  Arun raj

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  • Bhavani Arun raj
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  4085 readers

"Hire a car and have liberty to drive"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 21, 2015
2 good Wildlife sanctuaries Mudumalai & Bandipur are located one after the other & hence it is a bonus for wildlife lovers choosing one of them. We hired Zoom car & drove to these places and hence had the liberty to drive around & spot animals.
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Rajni Kumari

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  • Rajni Kumari
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 28 Reviews
  •  68 helpful votes
  •  41576 readers

"A jungle experience for the young hearted"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 12, 2015
I would not recommend this for a family, not comfortable with the outdoors. Its is really a very beautiful place for those willing to spend time in the wild forest. The animals are present, the cabin for staying is also equipped. The comforts are not available so preferable for young people who like the adventure.
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