Mudumalai (Masinagudi) Tourism

Mudumalai (Masinagudi) Tourism

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Mudumalai is part of the Nilgiri bioshpere - a vast forest land spreading across Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Excellent location to sight wild animals, particularly elephants, bisons, peacock, pythons and rarely tiger and panthers. The forest department offers jeep/van safaris inside the reserve area. However, it is better to stay a few days in one of the private jungle resorts in Masinagudi, 5 km away. These resorts offer jeep safaris and guided forest treks into nearby forests outside the reserve areas.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The forest treks and jeep safaris are offered by the jungle resorts in Masinagudi. One can reach Bandipur too staying in Mudumalai, where the chances of spotting tiger and panther are more. The advantage of staying in Mudumalai or Masinagudi is that it offers some excellent locations and views.

Activities & things to do: Forest treks and wild sighting are the main activities. It is advisable to get a very well experienced guides for these trips, which the local resorts offer. A variety of jungle resorts are listed under Masinagudi location in India Resorts Survey.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Mudumalai is situated on the Mysore-Ooty highway. From Ooty, the ride offers excellent scenery, descending 36 hairpin bends. Animals are sighted after the rains in May as they try to escape insects in deep jungle. Similarly in February as the water sources inside the forests dry up, they come in search of water in the streams watered by the Pykara and other dams. Though the forest department offers van safari, (elephant safari has been stopped), it is worthwhile to make a stay in one of the private resorts at Masinagudi. Sometimes (as in our case) you can watch deers and elephants near your rooms in these jungle resorts.
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Susheel Kumar
  • Susheel Kumar
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 1 Review

"Enjoyed so much" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Travelers around the world are telling us that they want to explore the unique, the exotic and the unexpected. We have promised them that Madumalai is the place where they can fulfill this dream. We have just enjoyed & the place is captures the hearts and minds of people.
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  • Krish
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 15 photos
  • 18 Reviews

"Beautiful Forest"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Apart from the Tamil Nadu Forest department Safari, I would recommend everyone to take the safari offers by the locals. There some beautiful places within the Mudumalai forest where only a local can take you, it's the most scenic and beautiful forest. One must visit places like Singara, Moyer and Masinagudi area forest.
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Jayanth kulkarni
  • Jayanth kulkarni
  • 4 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"Escape into the woods!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2014
Very beautiful place, quite and dense forest and animals can be easily spotted in dense forest.
Resorts can arrange jungle safari, had a fabulous experience in the jungle. You can plan for escape to woods for weekends. Reserve forest very well maintained by forest officials. Internal roads make reachability to forest with easy. Best place to visit along with Ooty!!
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Vignesh Ravi
  • Vignesh Ravi
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Perfect gateway from a crowded city."

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2014
The dense forests and the lush green expanses of plains of the Mudumalai, the ancient mountain ranges of the west, also called Nilgiris (Blue Mountains), reveal a little of themselves before their wilderness becomes more difficult for man to access.. Activities include Mountain Trekking, Bird Watching and Private Jungle Safari is another option. We need to get the visitor sanction letter from Government authority in Ooty to visit the Singara Power station and Moyar Dam Power Station.
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Amit  Rao
  • Amit Rao
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 25 Reviews

"A day in the jungle ..."

  • 7/7
  • Posted Dec 6, 2013
Masinagudi, is a small village, near Ooty. The place is a well maintained Jungle, which has a lot of wild animals around. There is not much to do in Masinagudi, just relax and enjoy the jungle. The resorts, are all well protected by electric fence, to keep the wild animals away in the night. The Mudumalai national Park is very near from this place.
A very calm and peaceful place to spent a few days away from the mad rush of the metro city.
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  • Harish
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 8 Reviews

"Away from the hustle of cities"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2013
If you are looking for a place to relax, this is an excellent place. Far away from metros, into deep forest, with virtually no modern entertainment (TV, museum, park), it clearly serves the purpose to relax. You get ample time to sit, see, relax, think, appreciate the beauty and above all admire everything around you. You may not get a thing to crib here. So good for me.
I was surprised to see a big metro like Retail Shop with almost everything you would like to take.
Food options are not very much which I think is understandable considering the remote location. However this probably again helps you to have a simple food good for your stomach.
It is advisable to carry sunglasses because at times the sun is very bright.
Avoid taking private jeep safari as they charge too much to drive you the road that you probably have used to get to your resort and seen the wildlife that you might see in the safari. The government safari (Bus) is Ok. So I will recommended that get on your own vehicle in evening around 4pm and enjoy the ride.
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Amrutha Ammu
  • Amrutha Ammu
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 3 Reviews

"Great Family Trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 5, 2013
It is an absolute serenity to just be in the lap of mother nature and just relax and do nothing. That is what Madhumalai forest in Masinagudi does.. You can actually cover some of the tourist destination in Ooty too if you are staying for quite a long time
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Jana Vnr
  • Jana Vnr
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Mudumalai Bandipur Safari"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2013
During Dasara holidays, we went to Mudumalai for 2 days and had a nice time with safari and trekking. We went for safari at Mudumalai and bandipur. Safari at bandipur was good while at Mudumalai was ok. In Bandipur we saw more animals like deer, elephant, bison, barking deer and missed seeing a tiger by a minute when the van going before us saw the tiger crossing the road. At Mudumalai, it was more like a drive through the forest. Here also we saw elephant, bison, deer but no sign of tiger or leopard
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Arijit mandal
  • Arijit mandal
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 4 Reviews

"Relaxed or a Wild Time!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2013
Masinagudi is just outside Mudumalai Reserve. It is a small town, with a few Resorts around it. It gives easy access to visit the reserve during the Day (Note: Reserve is not-accessible from 6 PM to 6 AM). Animals can be viewed regularly in the area and it is also very rich in bird life.
It also gives easy access to Ooty (1 Hour Drive).
Also visit "Vibudhi Malai Murugan Temple" (Be ready to climb a small hill or if you have a SUV/Jeep you can drive close to the temple) for a good view of the surrounding areas.
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Mohan Kumar
  • Mohan Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Good trip to cherish"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2013
As we planned, our trip was relaxed one and enjoyable too. My friends are very much happy about the place since they are from North India. This is the first time they are visitingMudumalai. We will cherish this trip for long.
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Mudumalai (Masinagudi) Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
  • Altitude: 2965 m
Mudumalai is a wildlife sanctuary located in Tamil Nadu in the southern part of India. The exact location of this place is at the meeting point of three states, namely Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Located in dense forests of the Nilgiris, this place is renowned for its wildlife sanctuary. Described as one of the richest wildlife sanctuaries in southern India, the biodiversity conservation place is often referred to as Masinagudi Sanctuary by the locals.

History of Mudumalai

Mudumalai constitutes a major part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Moyar River and its proximity to the Nilgiri Mountain range, helps Mudumalai remain distinct, even when the range of biodiversity is similar to Bandipur. Mudumalai spreads on an area of 321 sq. km and has all the major geographical diversity. The place has thick wooded hills on one side, deep valleys on the other with waterfall and river completing the picture.

Established in 1940, Mudumalai is one of the most renowned efforts to conserve the natural resources of flora and fauna in India. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is the most popular attraction of the place and is home to many exotic species of fauna that are usually difficult to locate.

Things to do in Mudumalai

Jungle safaris organised by the Forest Department are great experiences, which tourists can enjoy anytime at the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. The main characteristics of this sanctuary are the swamps, evergreen forests, grasslands and a wide variety of wildlife. The distinct wildlife here includes species like gaur, tigers, deer, panther, hyena, jackal, chital, sloth bear, flying squirrel, leopard, sambar, wild boar, civets, monitor lizards, langurs, antelopes and macaques.

Apart from animals, bird species found at Mudumalai are more than 200 in number. The sanctuary is also home to a diverse range of plant life. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary has three types of forest that include tropical moist deciduous, tropical dry deciduous and southern tropical dry thorn forests.

The tiger reserve at Mudumalai has the highest density of tigers found in the country. The place has a tropical dry and wet climate, which usually remains unchanged during the entire year. The annual rainfall at the place is 2000 mm on an average basis. The wildlife sanctuary at Mudumalai is also a home to many endangered species of plants, animals and birds thus making the same a vital asset to conserve biodiversity in India. To explore the place better, tourists can also opt for attractive Mudumalai holiday packages.

The sanctuary at Mudumalai is in the process of being considered as a World Heritage Centre by UNESCO. Bandipur National Park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Masinagudi are some nearby attractions located in the vicinity.

Travelling to Mudumalai

Mudumalai is about 160 km away from Coimbatore airport. Tourists can also reach Mudumalai by air as the airport here is well connected to most cities in the southern part of the country as well as major cities elsewhere. Taxis are available from the airport. The nearest railway station is at Ooty, around 64 km away. The other major railway station is in Coimbatore. The nearest bus stand is at Gudalur, 16 km away. Buses that run on the Ooty-Mysore Highway connect the sanctuary to neighbouring places in and around Tamil Nadu.

Accommodation options in Mudumalai

There are several popular hotels in Mudumalai. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary has a fair share of budget hotels run by the government. Mudumalai, on the other hand, has a few resort options for tourists as well. Since the park is only open for a few months a year, it is advisable to book the hotel well in advance.

Mudumalai can be visited anytime of the year. However, in summer there is high chance of spotting tigers. The average temperature during the summer season is 30⁰ Celsius while the average winter temperature is around 20⁰ Celsius.

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