Mudumalai Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu
sylvan hilly terrain of the Western Ghats render Mudumalai
(ancient hills) a highly attractive wildlife reserve. The
Mysore-Ooty highway cuts through the Park, trailing the course
of the Moyar river, which separates Mudumalai from Bandipur.
321 sq. km. in area, the sanctuary is home to the wild elephant,
gaur, deer and primates like the bonnet macaque and langurs.
The predators that inhabit the park are 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. The rest of the avian population
boasts of the flamboyant hornbills, the great black woodpecker
with its red crest, mynahs, barbets, parakeets, tiny eared
owl and the scops owl.
The Annamalai Sanctuary, adjacent to Mudumalai is famous for
the two species exclusive to it - the Nilgiri langur and the
The best time to visit
is from February to June.
How to get there
By rail: The nearest railhead
is Ooty (64 km).
By air: The nearest airport is
Coimbatore (160 km).