Nilgiris Mountains are homes to wonderful species of flora & fauna. The mountains, also known as the blue mountains, located in Nilgiris district, are connected with Kerala and Karnataka with their borders. Mudumalai National Park, also famed for being a protected tiger reserve, is in the northeast of Nilgiri Mountain. Endangered species like Bengal tiger, long-billed vulture, white-rumped vulture, Indian leopard, Indian elephant roam around the park making for a popular attraction. Under consideration for being a UNESCO world heritage site, this place spread over an area of 321 sq km is a must visit. At 1,266 meters above mean sea level, the park’s highest peak can be distinguished from a distance.
Mudumalai National Park acts as a conduit between the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats. Quite interestingly, the 13% of all mammal’s population found in India are present in this park. The northernmost region of the park which comes under the reign of Karnataka is known as Bandipur National Park. Bandipur national park along with Mudumalai national park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, and Nagarhole National Park makes for the largest population of tigers in the country.
Mudumalai National Park is huge and has been divided into different areas. The most prominent ones are Masinagudi, Kargudi, Mudumalai, Nellakota, and Thepakadu.
Karugudi is a popular zone in the Mudumalai National Park region. The leopard spotting zone is among the most popular ones in the national park region. There are a few dormitories in this region as well. Near the swamp, the high population of bison and elephants are found. Tourists have maintained it as the most scenic area in the whole park.
Next is Masinagudi which also has plenty of vantage points for animal spotting. Also, there are a few lodges and resorts found in the border area. One can also find plenty of Pepper, tea, coffee and other plantations in this region. As regards the activities here, bird watching is the most common thing to do here. Masinagudi is located 7 km far from the core area of the park.
Thepakadu is also known as the great entrance to the park. Tourists can hire jeeps from here to get into and stroll the park region. Elephants can also be hired from here. You will have to visit the reception center in Thepakadu for elephant safari. Booking and inquiry can be made at the counter itself. It is indeed tough to spot predators near Thepakadu is not easy. Most of the buses from other destinations halt at Thepakadu. From Thepakadu, you can hire park-owned vehicles. This zone is also famous for elephant camps where tourists get to spot and play with elephant calves.
Mudumalai is the most renowned zone and the core park area where spotting mammals and birds are quite easy. Safari and other activities are focused in this area. Don’t take your private vehicle inside the park premises, it’s not allowed. For that matter, even walking is also prohibited in the park region. Even park-owned jeeps and buses are allowed to scale up to 15 km into Mudumalai. Get prepared to spot a few lakes and watering holes in this region.
Mudumalai National Park region in Karnataka and Kerala is the best place for an eventful day out in the wild. If you are looking forward to making the good use of your holidays and want to spend more time with the untamed wild, this is the place to be.