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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Venky

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  • 5 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"A drive through the jungle" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It's around 240 kms from Bangalore via Mysore. The drive changes once you enter Bandipur and that's such a relief. You've almost reached the border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Remember, you are entering a state that has lot of restriction on alcohol. So, please do not carry booze as there will be checking at the check post of Mudumalai. Usually they do not check the bags when you are with family and children, however there could be exceptions. So, do not take a chance. Also, please carry your vehicle documents and be polite with the cops in case they stop you to check your car and the documents.

After all those cautions, let's get back to the trip now.

Many resorts to stay and have a good time in the midst of woods and the wilderness. We stayed at Bear Mountain Resort, which has comfortable cottages, reasonably priced, good food and excellent hospitality. Thanks to Rex David, the friendly Manager at the resort.

Do not expect anything much in the jungle. You will get to see lots of spotted deer, elephant, wild boar, peacock and an occasional bison. Nothing wilder than that! Though, Mr. Rex will narrate interesting stories of Bear and Cheetah visiting the resort at night and taking away the dogs that Rex and the owner of the resort Mr. David have very lovingly taken care of.
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Rochelle  Rebello

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  • Rochelle Rebello
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Weekend getaway - Bangalore to Mudumalai-Gudalur"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
With the long weekend coming up, we knew we had to make another trip and this time by ROAD. So we flew from Mumbai to Bangalore (the only leg by air) and from Bangalore we ZOOMed the roads in our pre-booked XUV. Zoomcar is a very affordable & convenient choice of self-drive car rental available across the country.

We set off at 6am from Bangalore and hit the road via Mysore - Gundalpet - Bandipur - Mudumalai - Gudallur - Athikunnu Estate. We reached the sprawling tea estates of Athikunu, Niligiris at around 2pm.

Things to do in Bandipur - Mudumalai wildlife reserve--

Drive in your own vehicle along the marked roads to get a glimpse of wildlife. Always STAY in your vehicle.
At Mudumalai you have the following options - elephant joyride, Jungle bus safari & elephant camp feeding center.
Best time for spotting game is in the evening / at night.
Keep your distance from all animals and respect their space.
Don't shine your lights or click pictures with flash at wild elephants/animals at night.
There's a road a little off Masinagudi and towards Moyar that is great for viewing wildlife. Many jeep safaris will offer to take you here; however note these are illegal and you may do so at your own risk.

Happy road tripping..!!.
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Sudhir Nair

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Forest Fun"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2015
If you want to be in a "real" forest with plenty of flora and fauna and see animals not in cages, away from the concrete jungles of today's cities, Masinagudi is an experience of a life time. The village is nestled within the Mudumalai Forest Reserve in Tamil Nadu. Though connected by road, Its a lazy, slow town.

The forest stay was exciting from day one, with lots of sightings of beautiful peacocks, Deer, Languors, Birds, and if lucky(like us) loath Bear, en-route to the Masinagudi LOG Hut (It can be booked through the Forest dept). The Log Hut is in the jungle and at night, one can hear the jungle come awake with sounds of roars, chirping of birds and sounds of the wild boar and Elephants. There are local safaris, but If you are driving down, then the road that the local guides take can be your route too.

Ideally drive down the beaten track after 6 pm, that's when you see max traffic of animals on, along and across the road. This was the best drive as we sighted a herd of 7 Elephants incl a calf, Loath Bear, Variety of Deer, Wild Boar, Peacock, Wild Hens, and Monkeys. The sighting of the Elephant Herd at close quarters, sitting in the car, was the jewel in the crown. Avoid taking the Elephant Safari at the Safari Point at Mudumalai and take the Safari Trucks instead as they are worth the cost even if you aren't too lucky with sightings. Take you Camera with enough Battery options as charging may be a problem, not unless you are staying at one of the pvt hotels. Relax and soak in the beauty of the Forest in concert with wildlife.
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Manikandan Salem

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"Nice place to spend your time, really worthy"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Feb 10, 2015
Its nice place to spend your time really worthy. Warm stay, thrilling animal safari, hot food, relax stay. Its the best place to visit for all age groups. Children will love it. Good summer vacation spot. Route from Kallankudi is so deep. Don’t rely on brakes, drive slowly. Before you going there make necessary booking.
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Sunder Raj

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  • Sunder Raj
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 10 Reviews
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"An adventurous one"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 14, 2015
Well if you're an adventurous person. You will love it ! such a tremendous trip. Even the kids were adventurers. The whole forest “Wow” and Mayar a one place elephants, elephants, elephants ! The stay was excellent. The food was homely and tasty. Don't forget torch lights. If you don't have anything to do, don't worry. There are lot of birds. Go bird watching! And spend time peacefully. And the safari was enjoyable. We were lucky we saw tiger's. Well its all luck. On the whole the trip was incredible!
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Hatim Charbiwala

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"A best place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Dec 27, 2014
This is the best place I have ever visited. Its a must go for all the wildlife lovers. Watching animals in their natural habitat is mind blowing experience. Whistling woods in Masinagudi is the place to stay. Safari and trekking activities with is fun. The resort itself is inside deep jungle and you can see lots of wild animals around the resort it self.
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Shobha Gundepudi

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"Nice place to see the wildlife"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2014
We all loved staying in Masinagudi Farms. Mr. Suresh has taken special care of my in-laws as they are very elder people.
Food was excellent. It was our south indian vegetarian food and it was yummy too. The places to visit include Mudumalai wild life safari, Singara, etc where we could find lots of deers, lots of elephants, bison and peacocks, etc.
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Rangaraj perumal P

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  • Lives in Coimbatore
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"Nice place to enjoy with family"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2014
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

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  • Lives in Cochin
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"A Thrilling Adventure in a relaxed mood"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2014
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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"Valley of silence"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 24, 2014
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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