MUDUMALAI (MASINAGUDI ) WILD LIFE SANCTUARY

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve issituated at the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka on the North Eastern Slopes of the Nilgiris part of Western Ghats. An erstwhile game reserve, Mudumalai is home to over 300 species of birds and a wide range of bio-diversity. While Mudumalai’s western half receives the southwest monsoon, the eastern tracts receive the relatively gentler north-east monsoon which results in a diversity of vegetation types and typical migration of herbivores

SAFARIS

The Forest Department organizes van safaris into unspoilt sanctuary areas, either from 6:30 – 9 am or 3 to 6 p.m. The ride usually lasts anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour and one can spot chital, sambar deer, peacock, gaur (Indian bison), elephants and if lucky, maybe a tiger or leopard. Alternatively, you could tour the jungle atop a tame elephant! Four people and a trained mahout will be carried by our resident gentle giant into the jungle, away from the beaten track, along the road not taken. The elephant ride usually lasts about twenty minutes.

ELEPHANT CAMP

Visit the forest department elephant camp at Mudumalai, where about 10-15 pachyderms are cared for and trained. You can witness the mahouts give their respective elephants a thorough cleaning in the river close-by and then bring them to the camp for a snack. Believe it or not, each elephant has a prescribed diet on an everyday basis to adhere to. But beware, lest you get taken for a ride!

LOCATION

The tiger reserve is spread across an area of 321 square kilometers of which about 20 percent is used for tourism. The distance from Tamarind Tree to Mudumalai is about 8 kilometres. Temperature varies from 14o C to 33o C.

Mudumalai Sanctuary

The Mudumalai Sanctuary is considered to be one of best places to visit in Masinagudi. The tropical sanctuary also hosts a plethora of flora and fauna species who happily waltz away under the clear blue sky. The national park does a good job of taking care of their animals and plants. The deciduous trees continue to grow in this stretch of the location as well, along with some moist teak forest and bamboo shoots growing. Walking around these areas would be one of a kind experiences as you will not just encounter some brilliance of nature but will also take in fresh air.

Theppakadu Elephant Camp

Among some of the ideal locations for a wanderlust to get lost, Masinagudi is also quite close to the Theppakadu elephant camp. The camp is originally closer to the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary as it houses a plethora of Asian elephants. Tourists have been flocking over to check out these elephants, who have been trained to entertain them. You can book an elephant safari and have a good time as the jeep would take you through some of the lovely nodes of the forest with elephants chilling in their habitat.

Moyar River

The Moyar river is just 7 km away from Masinagudi which technically separates Bandipur National Park and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. The river is actually a tributary of the Bhavani river. Picking an ideal spot, you can actually cross the Moyar river too depending on the flow and depth of the bank. Besides, you can always set camp next to the river and enjoy the tranquillity that the place has to offer. If you wish to engage in some fishing activities, you can try it as well.

Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve

Established back in 1974, the Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve is 15 km away from Masinagudi. You can easily make a nice place to explore the national park and walk amid the dry deciduous forest. You will be met with some adorable Asian elephants, sloth bears, gaur, dhole and more. The national park also houses around 70 endangered species of tigers.

Ooty

You can always take a trip to Ooty, which is not very far from Masinagudi. Known famously for its eucalyptus forests and tea estates, visiting the hill station can easily be arranged. While you're at the hill station, you can visit the famous Ooty Lake, check out the tea plantations and at the same time, relish some of their powerful tea as well.

Doddabetta Peak

Ooty's highest peak, the Doddabetta peak, is close to 37 km away from Masinagudi. However, for a panoramic view of the fabulous Nilgiri range, it is definitely worth all the extra travelling. The vibrant range with a palette of luscious hues makes for a magical canvas! The jaw dropping views will certainly be a memorable experience for you as you chill by the peak with a nice cup of tea.