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Mudumalai (Masinagudi) Tourism

Mudumalai (Masinagudi) Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
  • Altitude: 2965 m
  • District: Nilgiris

History of Madumalai

Madumalai is a place located in the state of Tamil Nadu. It lies at the meeting point of the three southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Situated in the Nilgiri forest, Madumalai is known for its wildlife sanctuary which is one of the richest sanctuaries of Southern India.

Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It was established in the year 1940. The most popular attraction of the region, Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many species of flora and fauna. It is also home to many endangered species such as the Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, etc. In April 2007, it was declared as a Tiger Reserve by the Tamil Nadu state government.

Things to Do of Madumalai

There are many interesting places to visit in Madumalai (Masinagudi). Madumalai National Park, also known as Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is among the most eminent Madumalai (Masinagudi) tourist places. Covering an area of 321 sq. km., it offers shelter to numerous species of flora and fauna among which are the striped-neck mongoose, the mouse deer, Asian Elephant, etc. It was declared a Tiger Reserve. The Moyar River, Kallatty Falls and Pykara Lake are some of the attractions of the Park. One can also go on a jungle safari and explore the natural habitat. The elephant safari is also a great experience.

Another great way to take a Madumalai (Masinagudi) tour is by minibus.

Tourists looking for interesting things to do in Madumalai (Masinagudi) can head over to the Theppakadu Elephant Camp which is a popular Madumalai (Masinagudi) attraction. An elephant show is organized in the park on Saturday and Sunday evenings. One can also interact with elephants, bathe and feed them in the camp.

Food and Shopping in Madumalai

The cuisine of the area is authentic South Indian food which mainly comprises dosas, idlis, sambaar and vada. After a tiring day of sightseeing in Madumalai (Masinagudi), one an indulge in mouth watering food at the various restaurants located in and around the place.

Masinagudi does not have much to offer when it comes to shopping. There are few shops and stores from where one can buy souvenirs.

Accommodation in Madumalai

Those who are inquiring about how to reach Madumalai (Masinagudi) can choose from among the many transport options available. The closest airport and railway station to Masinagudi are in Coimbatore which is located at a distance of 116 km from. One can also take a cab or bus to reach the place. There are regular buses from various places such as Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore and Cochin.

There are hosts of hotels, guesthouses, lodges and resorts in Madumalai (Masinagudi). Tourists can also look for accommodation close to Madumalai (Masinagudi) sightseeing places. It is advisable to make advanced bookings to get good deals.



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Mudumalai (Masinagudi) Traveller Reviews

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Vinod kumar

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  • Vinod kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  295 readers

"Beautiful experience with my wife and son" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Started from Bangalore at 07:00 had breakfast at Bidadi and travelled via Mysore, Bandipur wild sanctuary and reached Masinagudi town ship. Enquired about the jungle lodges from the police out post and got to know about Monarch lodge owned by Mr. Mithun Chakarvarthy (actor). It is around 42 acres and having 30 wooden cottages with spaces rooms and an toilet. Stayed there for 2 days with our dog Charlie and he could roam freely, play and have his day as he likes. It was a beautiful experience with my wife and son. Place is good over looking the hills and pleasant climate. Food available as per your itinerary veg and non veg. Recommended to stay and have scenic experience.
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Deepika  Ashwant

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  • Deepika Ashwant
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Refreshing Greenery,Mudumalai!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2016
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
  • 2 Reviews
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  •  1515 readers

"A wildlife visit!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 5, 2016
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!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
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 Dec 28, 2015
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
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"A must visit place-Masinagudi"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2015
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 Dec 4, 2015
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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