Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary


13.6/5(70 Ratings)

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary Overview

Ranked 29 of 49 sightseeing in Ooty

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary or the Tiger Reserve is an adventurous sightseeing place in Ooty. It is situated in the Nilgiri hills, where the Western Ghats meet the Eastern Ghats. The entire sanctuary covers a wide area of 32,155 hectares, comprising open grassland, valley, flat land, swamp and nullas.
This sanctuary is located at an elevation of 1000 metres between Karnataka and Kerala. The wildlife of this sanctuary is a home to tiger, wild dog, langur, sloth bear, elephants and bonnet macaque. This sanctuary is also houses leopard, hyena, jackal, spotted deer, mouse deer, wild boar, flying squirrel and more.

It is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India and also has an elephant camp, named 'Theppakkadu'. In this camp, tourists can find a rest house along with TTDC's Youth Hostel. Visitors can find rest houses in Abhayaranayam, Kargudi and Masinagudi. Moreover, the rest house in the Bamboo Banks Farm is just 18 km away from this sanctuary.  

Under the section 38V of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the Tamil Nadu State Government declared this sanctuary as a Tiger Reserve. Currently, there are around 48 tigers in this reserve that roam freely inside the area. This wildlife sanctuary is home to 227 bird species, 110 species of insectivores and 23 fishivores. In addition, 20 species of graminivores, 62 species of carnivores and 12 species of omnivores also inhabit the place.

This wildlife sanctuary is located at elevation varying from 960 metres to 1266 metres. The climate here in this sanctuary is mainly tropical savannah or tropical dry and wet. Rainfall in this region generally varies from 790 mm to 2000 mm.

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Deer chilling by the roadside in Mudhumalai

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Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

30th Jul 16

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
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Dhaval Ramtirthkar

Dhaval Ramtirthkar1.4/5

3 reviews

Only deer

Firstly, only 45 minutes for a ride in the huge park is simply not enough. We only saw lots and lots of deer, some peacocks, some bison, no elephant and no other animal.

Shruti Saraff

Shruti Saraff1.1/5

8 reviews

Waste of time and money

It is really a waste of time and money. The car-wallahs charge too much and just drive you around. You hardly get to see anything beyond Deer and a few Peacocks. We saw a Bison but it was really far away. The whole trip was just a waste. The private car-wallahs tell you that the government jeeps do not take you deep into the forest but that is a lie. As it turns out, it is better to go for the government jeep trip, if you do go at all. The roads are in bad shape.

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Azhar Ajju

Azhar Ajju3.6/5

2 reviews

Largest wildlife sanctuary

Good place to visit in entire South India. One of the largest wildlife sanctuary I have ever seen in my life. It has lots of animals like Tigers, Lions, etc.

Pooran mal Choudhary

Pooran mal Choudhary5.0/5

16 reviews

Best Wildlife Tiger reserve in Southern India

You can see lots of Wild animals like Herds of Elephants, Chital, Wild Boar and if you are lucky you can see Tiger and Panthers. A view of dense Forest. Best visit for nature lovers. I saw Herd of 15 Elephants and clicked the pic in my Mobile. Chital (spotted Deer) in 100rds in numbers.

Rohit Rohit

Rohit Rohit5.0/5

4 reviews


Take a two wheeler from Ooty and visit Mudumalai via Coonoor. You will never regret it, no need to pay money to the safari guys you can take your own vehicle however if you want to help those guys out there sure, they will take 500-600 RS.

Natesh Babu

Natesh Babu2.1/5

7 reviews

Wild life experience with wild ride

We had travelled on road from Bangalore and since Mudumalai was en-route, we had expected a lot. But unfortunately the forest was dry with random forest fire. We opted for a jeep ride into the forest for no avail. Except for Deers and Monkeys we did not see much. Better luck next time probably.

Dhinakaran purushothaman

Dhinakaran purushothaman4.3/5

3 reviews

Ideal Wildlife - Sightseeing place

The drive through the core forest area itself is cool one to do. It's better to make a Morning trip so that you shall have more chance of sighting wildlife. You can't expect to sight a Tiger but sure you've better chance for Deer, Elephant, Bison, Peacock, Woodpecker, Mongoose, different types Monkeys, Birds etc. Single Elephant is always dangerous to encounter with but still people use to tease the Elephant to chase chase them (must be avoided / restricted activity).You have to arrange yourself food and restroom necessities at nearby Gudalur. You may drive through with your own facilities or make a trip using Van and Jeeps available on rent. (Further Elephant trips and Trekking needs approval from the forest department and requires more facilities ).

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Sridharan Raghavan

Sridharan Raghavan4.3/5

4 reviews

The sighting of animals is pure luck

Mudumalai sanctuary is about 60 kms from Ooty. From Ooty bus stand buses ply every half an hour. Private taxis charge Rs. 1800 onwards to take you there and bring back. In the sanctuary, guided tours are arranged by the first department for a fare of Rs270 per head. Private jeeps are available at a higher rate but they are not allowed inside the reserved forest area. So it is better to avail the forest department facilities.The sighting of animals is pure luck, we can see peacocks and groups of deer easily. If lucky, elephants and bears can be sighted, sighting of tiger is rare and we cannot say whether it is lucky to sight them at all! The forest trips are arranged 7 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon. We should reach before 2. 30 pm to have a successful trip. We should follow the rules of the forest department throughout this trip. We should not cause any trouble to the wild life knowingly or unknowingly. There is also a wildlife museum for zoological informations.

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  • The sighting of animals is pure luck
  • The sighting of animals is pure luck
  • The sighting of animals is pure luck

Bhavani  Arun raj

Bhavani Arun raj5.0/5

4 reviews

Hire a car and have liberty to drive

2 good Wildlife sanctuaries Mudumalai & Bandipur are located one after the other & hence it is a bonus for wildlife lovers choosing one of them. We hired Zoom car & drove to these places and hence had the liberty to drive around & spot animals.

Rajni Kumari

Rajni Kumari4.3/5

28 reviews

A jungle experience for the young hearted

I would not recommend this for a family, not comfortable with the outdoors. Its is really a very beautiful place for those willing to spend time in the wild forest. The animals are present, the cabin for staying is also equipped. The comforts are not available so preferable for young people who like the adventure.

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Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary , Ooty

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Elephant seen from distance over the Karnataka border
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary , Ooty

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Trees in the Mudumalai
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary , Ooty

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bushes inside the sanctuary
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary , Ooty

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Deers in the sanctuary

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