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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Jayanth kulkarni

"Escape into the woods!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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....... More
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Vignesh Ravi
  • Vignesh Ravi
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Perfect gateway from a crowded city."

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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....... More
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Amit  Rao
  • Amit Rao
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 22 Reviews

"A day in the jungle ..."

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 months ago
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....... More
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  • Harish
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 8 Reviews

"Away from the hustle of cities"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
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,....... More
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Amrutha Ammu
  • Amrutha Ammu
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 3 Reviews

"Great Family Trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
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....... More
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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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