- Location:Nilgiri, Tamilnadu, India
- Closest Access:Coimbatore (160 KMS), Ooty (64 KMS)
- Major Wildlife of the park:Elephants, Gaur, Tiger, Leopard, Banner
- Best time to visit:February to June
- Total coverage area:321-sq-kms
Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary is an extension of the Bandipur National Park. The Moyar River which runs along the boundary of Karnataka and Tamilnadu divides these two parks. The Ooty-Mysore highway passes through the wildlife sanctuary.
Details about Mudumalai Bird Sanctuary
Mudumalai wildlife reserve is an extension of the Bandipur National Park. The Moyar River which runs along the boundary of Karnataka and Tamilnadu divides these two parks. The Ooty-Mysore highway passes through the wildlife sanctuary. Mudumalai reserve was declared the first wildlife sanctuary in southern India in 1940.
The topography is tremendously diverse with mountains, ravines, valleys, waterways and swamps. The plants including of tropical wet deciduous jungles, dry deciduous jungles and scrub jungles. In-comparison to the other nearby wildlife reserves, the climate here is little warmer in Mudumalai Bird Sanctuary.
Flora of Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
The vegetation in Mudumalai reserve is very diverse. The mountainous territory of the Western Ghats, dressed in thick varied and wet deciduous jungles, creates Mudumalai (the very old mountains) a most beautiful wildlife sanctuary of South India.
Few of the flora of Mudumalai are Aredesia, Solanancea, Bamboos (Bambusa Arundinacea), flowering plants as Indian Labumusum, Natural teak (Tectona Grandis), Terminalia, Crenulata, Anogeissus latifolia, and Grewia etc.
Fauna in Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
The major animals of Mudumalai park are Elephants, Banner, Gaur, Macaque, Tigers, Leopards, Common Langur, Chital, Sloth Bear, Panther, Python, Four Horned Antelope, Barking Deer, Otter, Giant Flying Squirrel, Crocodiles (Mugger), Sambar, Wild Dog, Hyena, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Jackal, Porcupine, Hare and Mongoose.
The birds of Mudumalai Sanctuary
Mudumalai is a paradise for bird watchers. Some of the important birds of Mudumalai Bird Sanctuary are Peacock- the National bird of India, Grey Jungle Fowl, Grey Partridge Quails, Red Spur Fowl, Goggle Eyed Plower, Large, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Racket-Tailed Dronge, Spotted Babbler, The Magpie-robin, Small Green Barbet, Brown Dove, Green Pigeons, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Mynahs and Bulbuls etc.
Mudumalai also attracts few migratory birds. Some predominant birds are prey, Hawks, Eagles, Buzzards, Falcons, Harriers and King Vulture.
How to reach Mudumalai Sanctuary
Air: Coimbatore airport is 160 KMS away from Mudumalai
Rail: Ooty 64 KMS, Mysore 95 KMS
Road: Gudalur 16 KMS