Mudumalai (Masinagudi) Tourism
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Mudumalai (Masinagudi) Tourism

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  • 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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Deepika  Ashwant

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  • Deepika Ashwant
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  205 readers

"Refreshing Greenery,Mudumalai!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The drive from Bandipur to Masinagudi is the most awesome part of this trip. The lush greenery on both sides of the roads with herd of spotted Deer grazing along is a picturesque sight. Climate in September was very pleasing. Thanks to the monsoon rains. On the way there is an Elephant camp where we can stop by to take a look and feed Elephants if we would like to. We were very lucky enough to spot a Peacock open its feathers beautifully along the road side bushes and also encountered with a wild Elephant crossing the road. Also there were some Gray Langurs and Sambar Deer to be spotted. We had so much fun photographing the animals. However we did not take safari trip inside the forest. With variety of activities to do like safari, photography, trekking etc Masinagudi is the best place for wildlife & adventure lovers. When going please check for weather updates and accordingly carry clothes & accessories. It is the best place to go on a drive along with friends or family to spend a quiet, peaceful time with nature breathing fresh oxygen and away from all chaos of city life.
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Narayanan Lakshmanan

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  • Narayanan Lakshmanan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
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"A wildlife visit!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Good location to enjoy wildlife, we stayed in two different resort located inside the forest where you can see elephants coming very near and also we can experience the chase between animals. We saw many deer, elephants, peacocks, wild fox, etc. It was an very awesome trip and my whole family enjoyed it.
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Anoop Sasankan

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  • Anoop Sasankan
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
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"An excellent destination!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Masinagudi in Tamil Nadu is situated around 35 kms from Ooty and is a part of the Mudumalai Tiger reserve. It offers abundant wild life and as the place is not yet overcrowded with tourists, one can enjoy a serene stay and feel close to nature. We stayed in Hotel Nest Inn and they have arranged for a private safari where we could spot wild elephants, bisons, bears and other smaller wild animals. There is government operated from early morning onwards which is a good opportunity for wild life sightings. There is an opportunity to go deep into the jungle on an elephant which will increase the chances of animal sightings. There is an Elephant rehabilitation centre also where we can witness elephants of all ages, their life style and feeding. I visited there with my family in the month of October 2015. The climate is pleasant and the destination can be reached easily from northern parts of Kerala and Karnataka too. This place will be apt if you are a wild life buff or if you are looking for a nice pleasure trip with your family.
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Sathya Ram

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  • Sathya Ram
  • Lives in Coimbatore
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"The most thrilling trip to Masinagudi"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The place was wonderful with dense forest and climate was cool. We guys went a week ago four people. Like a one day trip from Coimbatore we reached Mudumalai by 2pm after 4 hours of travel. But we were unlucky to see the animals except few though it was a day time. But some people were lucky enough to see elephants and they have been chased by the elephants during their safari (told by some of tourists and drivers). We were unlucky as it is the open forest you will find animals rarely in day time. Since the there was a good rainfall etc. The trip will be wonderful guys trust me, if you are traveling with friends in a car. And it will be more adventurous if you are riding a motorcycle. As a group trip. The each moment will be more thrilling that you would be expecting to see an animals. If you are planning to stay it's a better idea guys you can able to sight animals during night time definitely. As we were like a one day trip we were unlucky. But the road trip will be exceptional guys. You will get a awesome driving experience from a hill drive from (Masinagudi to Ooty ). A continuous peak without any Plains for a 30km with 35 hairpin bends. As it was a one day trip we enjoyed the drive.
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Ayush  Hegde

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  • Ayush Hegde
  • Lives in Mangalore
  • 3 Reviews
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  •  1020 readers

"A must visit place-Masinagudi"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was great experience. Visit many places around Masinagudi. We saw many wild animals like tiger, deers, wild bison and elephants very closely. I like the adventures. Some one told me that Masinagudi is the best place to be adventure.
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Azzu Khan

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  • Azzu Khan
  • Lives in Mysore
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"Stunning view & a best destination Mudumalai"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I like the adventures. Someone told me that masinagudi is the best place to be adventure. So I can't wait. Just get off to masinagudi. Its awesome aerial view of the jungle. Night safari is also is there for more trill. I saw an elephant herd there. Lunch, dinner, breakfast serving good food. Totally awesome!
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Ulka Latif

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  • Ulka Latif
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Wilderness calling- Wilds of Northern hays it is"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 20, 2015
Deep in the forest, bereft of any mode of communication, completely cut off from civilization( barring the handful of helpers at the home stay), it's every person's ideal space in today's hectic frenzied world.

Dense pepper plantations amid which you stumble upon this tiny home stay - "Wilds of northern hays".

Rustic ambience, each room with an old world charm, huge bathrooms and some charming cutlery to add to the experience. All the meals have a decent spread, freshly made and served in a tiny little dining area which is where most of the visitors gather to exchange notes. Couple all this with sumptuous food and some really nice people, you certainly have an awesome holiday lined up.

If you are lucky and visiting in the winter months, a warm bonfire is put together, this not only brings people together, but does give the experience an altogether different dimension - one not to be missed.

Certainly should be on one's bucket list if you are looking for a quiet, disconnected get away in the wilderness. The experienced guides will walk you through the jungles, if it were their backyard.
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Dharmendran Sps

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  • Dharmendran Sps
  • Lives in Coimbatore
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"Tamilnadu's Africa-Masinagudi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 1, 2015
It was great experience to be there for two days. Visit many places around Masinagudi. During sight seeing we saw many wild animals like tiger, deer's, wild bison, elephants, ect. Especially seeing elephants near to you is a thrilling experience. Enjoyed a lot there with my besties.
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Raju Iyer

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Mudumalai - Close to Nature"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 4, 2015
This is one Wildlife sanctuary which I have visited 3 times with my family and stayed in the Govt. Guest houses situated within the sanctuary. It is a different experience than staying in the resorts that are around the sanctuary.

In all my trips I drove down from Bangalore which takes about 6 hours via Mysore. The range begins with us entering Bandipur which is the Karnataka side of the three state sanctuary, others being Mudumalai - Tamil Nadu & Wynad - Kerala. After about 5 kms we enter Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu. The Forest range office is bang on the highway to Ooty and one cannot miss it. The Forest officer was kind enough to allot us comfortable accommodation within the forest range and we could be up close with nature. Deer, wild boar, giant malabar squirrel, Nilgai, bison, elephants were few of the animals we could sight. But no leopard or tiger were sighted. Of course there were exotic birds chirping away and rickets kept a continuous chant.

There were sound of animals in the bush at night which could not be ascertained.

The rooms were not luxurious but comfortable. The cook rustled up veg and non veg food as per your liking but with ample notice since supplies have to be brought from the nearby villages.

Stick to the basic Idli Dosa sambar chutney for breakfast. It's delicious and tasty.

Carry your own booze and carry back your plastic waste as a duty to save environment.
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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Perfect for wild life lovers"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 6, 2015
Masinagudi is must see place in Tamilnadu, Main attraction in this place is it is situated near Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary. This place has excellent stay facilities, people in this village are very courteous. Stay in masinagudi is almost like staying inside the forest which is wonderful experience. If anybody wants to visit Mudumalai plan the trip in early morning itself.
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