Mudumalai

An astonishing tourism place in the Niligiri District, well known for its beautiful vegetation and quietude, Mudumalai is located in the state of Tamil Nadu and is a very beautiful hill station as well as a Wildlife Sanctuary. It is incredibly famous among tourists as home to the rarest bird and animal species and for its natural beauty. Mudumalai is considered as one of the ideal sightseeing places and an apt destination to enjoy the vacations with family.

Mudumalai is eminent for its intensive forested lands, succulent green vegetation and unique wildlife. Various wild animals which can be seen here include Tigers, Wild Elephants, Grey Langurs, Flying Lizard, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Ungulates, Pythons, Reptiles, Spectacled Cobra, etc. An exciting tour to Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary assures a rewarding and memorable experience for all wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and bird lovers.

Weather

Summers are moderately hot in Mudumalai and generally last between the months of March to June. The temperature ranges between a comfortable 20°C – 37°C in these months and relaxing cool breeze lifts up the spirits in the evenings.

Mudumalai experiences moderate rainfalls in the months of July to September. The rains bring freshness and rejuvenating greenery to the place.

November marks the beginning of the winter season in Mudumalai and it lasts till the month of February. The temperature is comfortable and generally lies in the range of 19°C to 32°C. The place looks just ethereal in the month of November after being freshly washed with the waters from the heaven.

The best season to visit Mudumalai is the winters and the onset of summers. The favorable period to visit the place is between the months of October to May. The climate remains pleasant during this period offering tourists the best holiday experience.

How to Reach

The nearest International Airport is Coimbatore Airport, roughly 127 km from Mudumalai. Coimbatore Airport is well connected to the places in India and abroad such as Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Pune, Sharjah, Bangkok, Singapore and Ahmedabad.

The nearest Railway station is located at Coimbatore named as Coimbatore Junction, roughly 120 km from Mudumalai. Coimbatore Railway station is the best option as there are recurrent trains from all parts of the State.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Elephant Camp at Theppakkadu: The Theppakkadu Elephant Camp was established in 1972 in Mudumalai Range, which became the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in 1942. Its predecessor which served as Range Headquarters was established in 1910 near the Mudumalai game hut and later shifted to Theppakadu. Theppakadu as a conservation & Training center for Asian elephants can be visited by public. The elephant camp at Theppakadu serves an important educational purpose, where over a lakh visitors every year, see the management and feeding of pachyderms and thereby increasing public awareness about the species.

Theppakadu elephant camp is located just nearer to Theppakadu Reception Centre. There are 23 elephants. Visitors are allowed to this camp in the evening during elephant feeding to witness the feeding process. Everyday 2 elephants perform pooja to Lord Vinayaka inside the camp. The elephants are used for joy riding of tourists early morning and evening on charges.

Other places of interest:

Theppakadu, is the Reception Point, where accommodation, Van rides and Elephant rides are arranged.

Ombetta vayal – swampy area is mid-way between upper Kargudi and Mudumalai game hut is a place to lookout for elephant and Bison.

Mudumalai approached from Teppakkadu or Kargudi is a mixture of deciduous and grass area and rewarding with all the herbivores and carnivores. Benne is grass, bamboo and teak area with Sambar, Elephant, Gaur, Bear and Tiger. Scenic spots in the sanctuary includes the Moyar River-gorge and the Chief Minister’s Watchtower, view point at Kargudi and the Ombetta Lake. The van rides in Sand Road, Circular Road, Manradiar Road, Jayadev Avenue, Bombax Road, and Public roads. Kakkanalli – Torapalli road, Teppakkadu – Masanagudi road, Moyar – Masanagudi road are rewarding places to see most wild life in the Sanctuary

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