Mudumalai National Park

Located at the Northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills, The Mudumalai National Park is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the Nilgiri Reserve Biosphere. It is located in the Nilgiri district, about 150 kilometers away from the city of Coimbatore. The National Park shares its boundaries with the states of Kerala and Karnataka.
The sanctuary is divided into five ranges; Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Karagudi and Nellakota. This highly protected forest area is home to a vast verity of endangered and vulnerable species including, Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, Gaur, Indian leopard, Indian white rumped vulture, and Long billed vulture. The entire area of the National park, which is included in the Western Ghats Nilgiri sub cluster, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a “World Heritage Site”.
Safari in Mudumalai
Safari is one of the most intriguing experiences in Mudumalai. Walking or safari using private vehicles is not allowed inside the park. The visitors can rent the forest department vehicles and guides and travel through the forest. The visitors can also take a safari through the forest upon an elephants. This gives the visitors a unique opportunity to see and observe the wild animals in their natural habitat. The timings are from 6 AM to 8 PM for the usual safari and 3 PM to 5 PM for one hour ride through the forest. The visitors taking the first safari ride after 6 AM have more chances of spotting wild animals. Safari timing and charges are indicative and are subjective to change and revision due to various reasons. Various factors like bad weather, non-availability of vehicles or other resources, etc can adversely affect your visit. Safari ride is on first come first serve basis, so it is better to call the Forest department initially and plan your trip accordingly.
The best time to visit is from January to June. During this time period wild animals come to watering holes and lakes to extinguish their thirst. The chances of finding animals near such water bodies are higher during this season. The presence of migratory birds also makes the season best for the visitors. Safari is not recommended during the period from June to August, since the heavy down pour can cause many adversities.
The nearest airport is the Coimbatore international airport. You can either book a cab or use a public transport facility to travel around 160 km to reach the park. The nearest railway station is at Ooty, 64 km away from the park. The nearest town is Gudallur. The town is well connected to major cities like Mysore, Bangalore and Coimbatore. There are numerous transport facilities at Gudallur that will take you to the national park.