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Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Mudumalai (Masinagudi)

13.9/5(53 Ratings)

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary Overview

Ranked 1 of 3 sightseeing in Mudumalai (Masinagudi)

The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as Mudumalai National Park. It was established in 1940 for preserving varied flora and fauna. The national park was declared as a Tiger Reserve and functions on the guidelines listed under the Project Tiger.

It is situated on the north-western side of the Nilgiri Hills at an altitude ranging from 467 m to 1251 m. The reserve sprawls over an area of around 321 sq km. The Moyar River and Nilgiri River flow through the reserve.

The sanctuary received its name from the word ‘Mudumalai’ which means ‘situated on the first hill’. The five different ranges of this sanctuary are the Kargudi, Thepakadu, Masinagudi, Mudumalai and Nellakota. The tropical evergreen forest, shrub and swamp, moist teak forest, moist mixed deciduous, dry teak forest and secondary grassland form the topography of the sanctuary.

It provides shelter to the Asian elephant, tiger, leopard, gaur, hyena, jackal, sloth bear, sambar, chital, mouse deer, wild boar and stripe-necked mongoose. Resident as well as migrant birds like crested hawk eagles, Malabar trogon, Malabar grey-hornbill, black-woodpecker, falcon and the king vulture can be seen here. The sanctuary is home to numerous reptiles like crocodiles, pythons, common krait and bamboo pit snakes.

The museum in the forest has pictures of some animals which once lived in the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. The Pykara Lake, Kallatty Falls and Moyar River are some of the other prominent attractions of the sanctuary.

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What travellers are saying about Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Experience scale
  • Very Good 8
  • Excellent 7
  • Good 5
  • Average 4
  • Below Average 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunrise
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilitiesBathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/StorageLockers/Storage

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Operating hours

Summer:
7:00 AM -6:00 PM
Winter:
7:00 AM -6:00 PM
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Contact Details

Website:
www.mudumalai.com
Phone:
+91-42-32444098
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78% voted as clean

Reviews and Ratings

Binu Jose

Binu Jose3.9/5

2 reviews

Jungle with a typical flora and fauna of western ghats

You can go for a safari in a mini bus or a four wheel mahindra vehicle arranged by forest department. Try to be the first in the morning to reach for this safari. If lucky you can see a tiger or a leopard. Elephants, deer, Indian gaur, wild boar, mongoose are common sight. You can see many birds and butterflies. If you have your own vehicle, try the Singara route or Mayara (Moyer) route starting from Masinagudi junction. There are private vehicles taking you for a proofreading trips inside forest.

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Harsha Anjanappa

Harsha Anjanappa3.6/5

56 reviews

Not overwhelming

Roads from all sides to the National Park are good, so it is great driving in from any side- Mysuru, Coimbatore or even Ooty. Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Cheetal, Langurs, Monkeys, Peacocks Porcupine Mongoose are easily sighted. Being one of the few lucky ones we came across a mother elephant with a baby with their backs towards us. To see a real wild Pachyderm gave us a thrill.There is an Interpretation Centre. A peacock Dormitory, and A Forest Lodge like Guest House called Abhayaranyam -which does not need you to go deep into the interesting Jungle.Tigers are difficult to spot. Better chances are in The Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary.

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  • Not overwhelming
  • Not overwhelming
  • Not overwhelming
  • Not overwhelming
    +7

Karthick Gopikumar

Karthick Gopikumar3.6/5

7 reviews

Typical View like Forest

Mayar is about 8 km from Masinagudi. It's a place similar to the typical forest. At the end of the mayar, big water reservoir is Available and it is used for power generation. Photographies are not allowed near Power station. Local People's confirmed that elephant, deer and bison will be coming from 4. 00 pm to drink water from the reservoir. Able to see lot of elephant dungs on both sides of the road during morning, hopefully we can able to see some elephants during or early morning. Spotted some deer near by during our journey. Based on your luck, we can spot peacock, elephants and bison. Location near to the water reservoir is perfect place for photography.

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  • Typical View like Forest
  • Typical View like Forest
  • Typical View like Forest
  • Typical View like Forest
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Krishna kumar Allam

Krishna kumar Allam3.2/5

19 reviews

Jungle Safari - Worth a try

It is worth to try out this place. Also animal sighting is a matter of luck. I have gone for evening safari and we were lucky to see a lot of deers, peacocks and elephants. We also saw one leopard, however, it ran away in just a blink of an eye.I would recommend to take tickets from Jungle office (Rs. 165/adult in a Swaraj Mazda) rather than hiring private vehicles which are very costly (Rs. 1000-1500 approximately).Elephant Safari was stopped when I went there last month.Please ensure that you carry a water bottle as you would not find anything on the way.

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  • Jungle Safari - Worth a try
  • Jungle Safari - Worth a try
  • Jungle Safari - Worth a try
  • Jungle Safari - Worth a try
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Swateek Jena

Swateek Jena3.6/5

30 reviews

Awesome place to visit

You are very sure to find a few animals. The 40 minutes safari covers a small area but those animals are very easy to spot. Was lucky to spot an elephant with a very little calf. A sole peacock sitting on a tree. Herds and herds of deers.

Nitin Taregharkar

Nitin Taregharkar3.9/5

2 reviews

Mudumalai a must visit !

Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary is quite popular with nature lovers. It covers the area Bandipur in karnataka, Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Wayanad in Kerala state. At Mudumalai, morning as well as evening rides are available. Evening safaris have better chances of sightings. Bus rides and elephant rides are available. Bus ride charges are per person and elephant ride is per elephant which carries four persons. No private vehicles are allowed inside sanctuary limits. But one can stay at Masinagudi and take evening jeep ride on national highway to Ooty where the chances of wildlife sightings are more as all animals have to cross the highway for reaching to the river Moyar. At Mudumalai one can get details and watch how domesticated elephants are fed in the same ticket. Please follow the rules on the display boards and do not litter the forest with non biodegradable materials like plastic.

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  • Mudumalai a must visit !
  • Mudumalai a must visit !
  • Mudumalai a must visit !
  • Mudumalai a must visit !
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Saurabh Pansare

Saurabh Pansare4.3/5

2 reviews

Good sighting

Wildlife in plenty, you can opt for the safari offered by the hotel. They take you on the tar road for about 2 hrs. We could spot a Bison, Giant Squirrel, Spotted Deer and a Bear very near the hotel.

Saumik Barua

Saumik Barua4.3/5

9 reviews

Let's flee to the jungle this weekend

Just two days of break before the pain of travelling through the Bangalore traffic and sitting in-front of the PC for the next 5 days. Where to go? How to go? Can't drive or travel more than 4-5 hrs?240kms away from Bangalore and roughly 5 hrs of drive leads you directly into nature's lap in a place belonging to our neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. A place thronged not only by humans but also other species lovable to mother earth, a place famously known as Masinagudi.Masinagudi is an upcoming tourist destination in the heart of the Mudumalai Forest Range which is an extension of the Bandipur Forest in Karnataka.A night's stay in Masinagudi is sufficient to detoxify your entire week's stress and return refreshed. Leave early in the morning either driving your own car, hire a cab or maybe even hire a self-driven car. As you take the Mysore Road down south, you have sufficient choices to have your morning supper, if your taste buds are in for some wonderful Idli-Vada or Rava Dosa drop by Kamath's roadside Cafe; if they are in for some burger and hash browns you have your very favourite McDonald's as well.Eat well and keep driving for the next few hours as you enter the Bandipur Tiger Reserve and drive through the forest areas and getting a glimpse of the Monkeys, Deer and the Peacocks. You need to be really lucky to see anything else during a drive though.12 kms through the Bandipur Forest area and you end up at the Karnataka-TamilNadu border. Remember never carry any alcoholic beverage as there is heavy checking by the Tamil Nadu police and you could be subject to unnecessary harassment and fine if found guilty. (You get quite a few wine shops in the Masinagudi town).As the forest gets more dense and the air becomes even less toxicated, you can simply switch off your car AC and feel the beauty of nature, literally!!Where to stay?Masinagudi has plenty of options to stay either in low budget resorts or in semi-luxurious jungle resorts right in the middle of the forest. There is something for everyone.What to do?The USP of staying in Masinagudi is the Night Safari offered by private forest rangers that kick starts from sunset and goes late into the night. YES, YOU HEARD IT RIGHT, NIGHT SAFARI. The experience is thrilling as the safari jeep takes your jeep into the jungle in search of your wild friends. Don't be scared, the experience is worth it.Honestly, you need to be very lucky to see a Tiger or a Leopard during a Night Safari. To increase your chances, get some rest at the end of your night safari and go for a morning safari for an hour. Mr. Tiger might just be waiting to glance at you?Else, just sit back and relax after your night safari, get some drinks and enjoy the silence of nature and live into the dark night. Refreshed and rejuvenated in the morning, get yourself some fresh South Indian breakfast at your resort and get ready for the beautiful drive back to Bangalore. But at your own pace remember it's still a Sunday and lets still not think about Monday.Time to head south to the jungle my friend. Get set goooooo.

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Shinto K anto

Shinto K anto3.6/5

37 reviews

Scary safari into the wild

It was one of the most scariest Safaris in my life. Our homestay guys arranged a jeep for us to go inside deep forest. Elephants, Bisons, peacocks, cute deers and last but not least our crazy jeep driver. He was trying to provoke every other elephants, thank god am still alive :)
  • Scary safari into the wild
  • Scary safari into the wild
  • Scary safari into the wild

Trisheetaa Tej

Trisheetaa Tej5.0/5

10 reviews

Adventurous and jaw dropping Madhumalai

Live the jungle experience and drive your way through the wildlife sanctuary. It was a wonderful experience to watch elephants, cheetahs and deer right in front of you. There is no fee for that attraction; but, anyway, you need to book the wildlife drive beforehand.

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Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai (Masinagudi)

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Karthick Gopikumar

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai (Masinagudi)
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai (Masinagudi)

Photo by

Karthick Gopikumar

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai (Masinagudi)
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai (Masinagudi)

Photo by

Karthick Gopikumar

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai (Masinagudi)
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai (Masinagudi)

Photo by

Karthick Gopikumar

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai (Masinagudi)