Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the tri-junction of the three southern states of Tamilnadu, Kerala, and Karnataka amidst the beautiful Nilgiri Hills, covering an area of 321 Sq. Km. comprising of pristine tropical
wilderness. It is a continuation of the Bandipur National Park and the River Moyar separates the two sanctuaries.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is a mix of plain, swamp, undulating parkland, open grassland, valleys and streams. A National Park measuring 103 sq km is there inside the sanctuary.
This park harbours over 200 species of birds from 48 families and is one of the richest bird areas in the State of Tamil Nadu. Some of them are Crested Hawk Eagles, Crested Serpent Eagle, Malabar Trogon, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Large Racket-Tailed Drongos, Spotted Babbler, Green Pigeons, Brown Dove, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Parakeets, Bulbuls, Cuckoos, Hornbills, Scops Owl, Tiny-eared Owl, Black Woodpecker, Mynas, Barbets, Buzzards, Harriers, Falcons and the King Vulture . For bird watchers it is a great place to see rare birds. Nights are fascinating especially during the month of April, when the whole sanctuary is illuminated with millions of glow worms.
This sanctuary is home for animals like the Asian elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Hyena, Jackal, Sloth Bear, Sambar, Chital, Muntjac, Mouse Deer, Wild Boar, Stripe-necked Mongoose, Nilgiri Tahr , Porcupine, Giant Flying Squirrel, Bonner Macaque, Barking Deer, Four-horned Antelope, Otter and Langurs. The reptiles include Crocodiles, Pythons, Common Krait and Bamboo Pit Snakes.
By Air: The nearest Airport is Coimbatore, 161 kms away.
By Rail: The nearest Railway Station is Udagamandalam (Ooty), 65 kms away.
By Road: The nearest town is Gudalur, 16 km away. Regular bus services are there from Udagamandalm and Mysore (95km away).
Best Season to Visit: March to June.