Mudumalai (Masinagudi) Tourism
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Mudumalai (Masinagudi) Tourism

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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Rangaraj perumal P
  • Rangaraj perumal P
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice place to enjoy with family"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Its a nice place to tour with your family and friends. We visited the Murugan Temples in the hills, dam, forest, wildlife sanctuary and many other things. It is a nice place to stay and relax yourself. We did fishing, trekking and enjoyed the camp fire. We played cricket in the forest which was a thrilling experience. We even saw wild elephants, deer and lots of monkeys.
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Pratheesh B
  • Pratheesh B
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 5 Reviews

"A Thrilling Adventure in a relaxed mood"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Masinagudi (or Mudumalai) is a Tiger Reserve in Nilgiri District near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. This place shares borders with Kerala and Karnataka. If you are one looking for a mix of adventure and relaxed holiday, Masinagudi is one place to visit. Located about 150 kms from Coimbatore (around 4 hours of travel), this place is home to Tigers, Elephants, Leopards and beautiful birds. Elephant Safari , Forest patrol van Safari, Elephant Feeding Camp are the main attractions here. But what you would love most is waking up at morning to see peacocks, deers, and monkeys grazing lazily outside your cottages. I stayed at Mahindra Zest cottages in Masinagudi, and loved the relaxed atmosphere here. Sopend a day trekking in the forests with a seasoned guide, and was able to see tigers, elephants, a bear, deers (various species) and peacocks. I also had a great ayurvedic massage done by a professional at the resort. One can combine Masinagudi with Ooty as you have to cross Ooty to travel to the place. Bandipur National Park is also nearby and so is Wayanad. Have a close watch on whether the place is open for tourists while booking, as there have been instances of Government temporarily closing the Tiger Reserve for lack of rain to ensure wild animals can roam freely for water. And when you are there, ensure 100% compliance to the guide;s instructions as they know the behaviour of wild animals.
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Sunilraj Menon
  • Sunilraj Menon
  • Lives in Cochin
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  • 4 Reviews

"Valley of silence"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Having heard from a friend, we decided the destination as Masinagudi for our family trip on last vishu days. But we didn't think it will be such a fabulous and memorable one in life.Being a reserved forest between Bandipur national park and Muthumalai national park, Masinagudi offers hope and scope for nature lovers to immerse in tranquil and beautiful area of bliss. Our travel thru Wayanad to Masinagudi and there to Bandipur-Mysore was awesome exploring the beauties and bounties of nature.it is a place one must be visited who is tired due to the hectic life. it provides indefinite solitude and extreme silence. It soothes your eyes with the sight of array of light distilled thru woods and ears with sweet sounds of wild. watch varieties of birds and enjoy their chirping. it is gifted with many kinds of animals and plants to wonder.There are a lot of spots worth to visit here.Theppakadu Elephant Camp, Mudumalai, National park,Gopalswamy betta are within this area. Bandipur and Ooty are nearby places. Many resorts are awaiting you here to treat you with good food and safaris to divine nature.
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Kavi Arasu
  • Kavi Arasu
  • 1 Review

"A happy trip"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Masinagudi was awesome place to visit. Early morning we went for safari. If you have ur own vehicle. Do not go for locals its just waste of money. We saw elephants, wild buffalo, wild pig, deer etc., Its actually a tiger reserve but we could not see even a single tiger. At night we were staying in a resort n enjoyed a lot with friends.
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Uma
  • Uma
  • 4 Reviews

"Best adventure tour"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Its a nice place to tour with your family and friends. We visited the Murugan Temples in the hills, dam, forest, wildlife sanctuary and many other things. It is a nice place to stay and relax yourself. We did fishing, trekking and enjoyed the camp fire. We played cricket in the forest which was a thrilling experience. We even saw wild elephants, deer and lots of monkeys
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Susheel Kumar
  • Susheel Kumar
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 1 Review

"Enjoyed so much"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jul 4, 2014
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
  • Krish
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 15 photos
  • 18 Reviews

"Beautiful Forest"

  • 7/7
  • Posted May 19, 2014
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
  • Highlander
  • 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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