Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Bandipur National Park

13.8/5(12 Ratings)

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary Overview

Ranked 3 of 9 sightseeing in Bandipur National Park

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Mudumalai National Park, was recently declared as a tiger reserve. Situated on the banks of River Moyar along with the Nilgiri ranges, the national park lies on the north-western side of the Nilgiri hills.

Sprawling across a vast geographical area of about 321 sq km, the sanctuary is situated at an average altitude ranging from 467 metres to 1,251 metres. Located at a distance of around 12 km from Bandipur, the sanctuary was established in 1940.

The sanctuary received its name as Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary from Mudumalai, which means ‘situated on a first hill’. The entire wildlife sanctuary is segmented into five different ranges namely Kargudi, Thekkady, Masinagudi, Mudumalai and Nellakota.

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary attracts thousands of nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts for its rich variety of flora and fauna. The sanctuary is famous for huge herds of elephants, which can be often spotted here.

While travelling to the wildlife sanctuary, tourists can spot various tropical evergreen forests, shrubs and swamps, moist teak forest, moist mixed deciduous, dry teak forest and secondary grass lands.  

The Asian elephants, tigers, leopards, gaurs, hyenas, sloth bears, sambars, mouse deer and wild boars are some of the animals that can be spotted in the sanctuary. Jackals, stripe-necked mongoose, porcupines, giant flying squirrels, bonner macaques, barking deer and langurs can also be seen.

Apart from these, the sanctuary also houses a wide variety of reptiles like crocodiles, pythons, common krait, bamboo pit snakes, turtles, frogs and amphibians. Known for its avian population, the sanctuary comprises rare species of resident as well as migratory birds.

Tourists can spot various birds in the sanctuary such as crested hawk eagles, Malabar trogon, large racket-tailed drongos and Malabar whistling thrush. green pigeons, Malabar grey hornbill, scops owl, brown dove, black woodpecker, harriers, falcons and king vultures can also be spotted

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Rashmin Joshi

Rashmin Joshi4.3/5

127 reviews

Tiger reserve in Tamil Nadu bordering Karnataka

The climate was awesome. Place is really scenic. We went for safari and Spotted Elephants, Antelopes and Deers. The roads are good and treat to drive. One of the best place to visit on the way from Ooty to Mysore. Best place to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger in Tamil Nadu, however for that luck matters a lot. Forest in this area is dense than that of Bandipur.

Priyankush Ghosh

Priyankush Ghosh3.9/5

5 reviews

Dense forest than Bandipur

Worth visit. We saw wild Elephant running towards our Bus and Tribals were also seen. Deer and Peacocks could also be seen. Professional services provided by the Forest Department - BUS service was good.

Sunil Kunnoth

Sunil Kunnoth4.3/5

75 reviews

Fascinating flora and fauna found

Mudumalai is a National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary so famous in South India. The spot will make you cheer and satisfy the wildlife enthusiast in you. The forest, wildlife, the presence of some endangered species, fascinating flora and fauna, the tranquillity and the overall enchanting environment, you have plenty of reasons in favour of Mudumalai.

Sharavanan Sivakumar

Sharavanan Sivakumar3.2/5

5 reviews

Different animals in groups

Good sighting of tiger. Elephants were on their own and Gaurs were busy grazing. Deers were in herds and Macaques were in troops. Langurs were careful.

Gitanjali Biswas

Gitanjali Biswas2.9/5

3 reviews

Not a happy visit

Long wait for elephant ride and bus ride inside sanctuary, very costly but very little distance covered that too parallel to the main road so people get to see no animals.



7 reviews

A place for every nature lover

A place for every nature lover. This park is filled with lots of fun and adventure. Plus, this place is a special one for seeing elephants in South India.



2 reviews

Elephants and peacocks

The jungle is long between Tamilnadu and Karnataka, and you can get a chance to cross a number of elephants, peacocks enroute. You may take a ride staying nearby in Ooty or the other side, in Karnataka.



6 reviews

Spotted animals

Lots of animals are visible in the sanctuary and on the nearby highways. We have seen lots of Bisons, elephants, Mongoose, wild squirels, Sambhars, wild hens, peacocks and many other wild animals.



2 reviews

Sightseeing options near Bandipur

Ok for a drive in the evening, the Bandipur safari is better so wont suggest a Mudumalai safari against it. But decent for a car drive in the evening.

Meer Mohiddin

Meer Mohiddin4.3/5

3 reviews

Wildlife Bonanza

Got to see Wild Elephants, Bisons, Deer and Peacock.