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Mudumalai is a city that is located in the southern portion of India on the northwest side of the Nilgiri Hills. Nilgiri means Blue Mountains, so it is possible to get a good idea of what the landscape looks like simply from the name of the location. This area is well known for allowing people to see first hand some of the exotic animals that live in the area. In fact, most tourists come to Mudumalai solely because they want to experience the impressive and exotic creatures that live in India. The gray langur and the bonnet macaque are two of the notable primates that can be seen in the Mudumalai area. It is possible to see tigers, leopards, dholes, golden jackals, striped hyenas, sloth bears and Asian elephants in this region as well.

Mudumalai                                                                                                           Tiger in Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Destination facts:

Location: Tamil Nadu, District Nilgiri
Altitude: 1226m
Climate: (summer- 22 to 37°C) (winter 19 to 32°C)
Language: Tamil and English

How to Reach:

By Airport: Coimbatore is the nearest airport.
By Rail Station: Udagamadalam is the nearest railway station.
By Road: Mudumalai is connected by regular bus services to other cities in and around.

Distance from the major cities/towns from Mudumalai:

Ooty - 46km, Ketti - 60km, Coonoor - 63km is the nearby cities.

Places of Tourist Interest:

Jungle Safari:
The Jungle Safari is a place that allows people to come and experience exotic animals living in their natural habitat. Both vehicle safaris and elephant safaris are available throughout the Forest Department. One Jeep is used and is operated on a first come first served basis. The jeep can only accommodate six people at a time. Van safaris are available as well. The van holds 25 people at one time. The elephant safaris allow you to travel into areas that regular vehicles are not capable of.

Mudumalai National Park:
The Mudumalai National Park was established on 60 square kilometers back in 1940. At that time it was the first wildlife sanctuary established in southern India. Today, the park has expanded to include 321 square kilometers. Primates such as the gray langur and the bonnet macaque are both living in the park. You can also expect to see such animals as tigers, leopards, striped hyenas, dholes, sloth bears, Asian elephants and Golden Jackals. Many birds can also been seen in the park. The crested hawk-eagle, the crested serpent eagle, the Malabar Trojan, and the Malabar grey hornbill call this area home. You may also see a striped tit-babbler.

Getting Around:

Bus is the only transport available to get around this destination.

Best Time to Visit:

October to May is the best time to visit this destination.