Mudumalai National Park
Mudumalai National Park at a Glance
|IUCN Category||II (National park)|
|Area||103 Sq. Km, (32, 100ha. The area is contiguous with Bandipur National Park (87,400ha), Wynad Sanctuary (34, 400ha), Sigur and Singara reserve forests.|
|Year of Notification||2 January 1990|
|Topography||Hillocks, Swampy Meadows.|
|Latitude||11o 32’-11o 43’ N|
|Longitude||76o 22’-76o 45’ E|
|Altitude||350m to 1266m.|
|Attraction||Wild Elephant, Gaur, Deer|
|Recommended Period for Visit||March – June, September – October|
|Nearest Town||Gudalur (16 km)|
|Nearest Railway Station||Ootacamund (64 km)|
|Nearest Airport||Coimbatore (160 km)|
Mudumalai National Park: The hilly terrain of the Western Ghats, clothed in dense mixed and moist deciduous forests, make Mudumalai (the ancient hills) a most attractive wildlife reserve. The Mysore-Ooty highway runs through the Park, following the course of the Moyar River, which separates Mudumalai from Bandipur. Just 321 sq. km. in area the hilly terrain provides diverse habitats.
The wild elephant, gaur, deer and primates like the bonnet macaque and langurs all inhabit the Park. The predators include the tiger, leopard and the dhole – the Asiatic wild dog, that hunts in packs. The predators of the skies are the crested hawk eagle and the crested serpent eagle that can be seen circling above.
In the cool of the dense forests, among the stands of teak and bamboo thickets, are colourful birds hornbills, the great black woodpecker with its dramatic red crest, mynas, barbets and parakeets. The tiny eared owl, the scops owl and the little scops owl are more heard than seen.
The Annamalai Sanctuary, lying adjacent to Mudumalai is noted for two species that are exclusive to it the Nilgiri langur and the lion tailed macaque.
How to Reach Mudumalai National Park
By Air: The nearest airport is located at Coimbatore (90 km).
By Road: Regular buses operate from Palani and Coimbatore and stop at , Pollachi (35 km), there are buses twice daily to the park, It is possible to hire private vehicles from Pollachi and Parambikulam
By Rail: Pollachi is also on the Coimbatore-Dindigul rail route.