Located in the northwestern part of the Nilgiri Hills, in the southern part of India, Mudumalai is quite well-known among the people who want to have firsthand experience about the exotic animals that reside in the area. Also, most tourists want to visit Mudumalai only because they want to rub shoulders with the exotic wildlife that live in the region. Some noteworthy animals that are found in this region include tigers, leopards, dholes, golden jackals, sloth bears, striped hyenas, Asian elephants, gray langur and the bonnet macaque.
How to Reach Mudumalai from Bangalore
Udagamandalam Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Mudumalai. It is located around 64 kilometers away from Mudumalai. The major broad gauge railway station nearby is Coimbatore Junction. Coimbatore Junction is connected to all major cities in the country such as Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Taxi cabs ply between Udagamandalam and Mudumalai.
Coimbatore is the nearest airport to Mudumalai. It is located around 160 kilometers away from Mudumalai. Coimbatore is linked to all major South Indian cities such as Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
The National Highway 209 and Bangalore-Mysore Road connect Bangalore and Mudumalai. The journey via road from Bangalore to Mysore will take around 4 to 5 hours. Regular bus services are available between Udagamandalam and other South Indian cities such as Bangalore, Mysore, Madurai, Coimbatore and Chennai.
Attractions in Mudumalai
Mudumalai National Park
Spanned across 60 square kilometers of whopping space, The Mudumalai National Park was established in 1940. It was the first wildlife sanctuary to be established in South India. Today, the park has extended up to 321 kilometers and plays host to wild animals such as the grey langur, bonnet langur, dholes, sloth bears, golden jackals and Asian elephants. The park also houses colorful variety of avian species such as the Malabar Trojan, the Malabar Grey Hornbill, the crested hawk eagle, the crested serpent eagle and a striped tit-babbler.
Theppakadu Elephant Camp
Officially established in 1972, The Theppakadu Elephant Camp allows people to interact with elephants in a restricted atmosphere. The camp houses as well as train elephants. Currently, the camp is inhabited by 23 elephants. Every day two, out of 23 elephants, perform Pooja of Lord Vinayaka inside the camp. Tourists can enjoy elephant joy ride both in the morning and in the evening.
The Jungle Safari is an activity that allows tourists to rub their shoulders with the exotic animals living in their natural habitat. The Forest Department offers both vehicle and elephant safaris to the guests. While a jeep can accommodate 6 people at a time, a van has the capacity to hold 25 people in one go. The elephant safaris allow you to travel into areas wherein regular vehicles can’t enter.