Madumalai National Park and Wildlife sanctuary is also declared as Tiger Reserve. This was established in 1940. It was the first sanctuary established in Southern India. Madumalai National Park lies in the northwestern region of Neelgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu. This forest shares boundaries with Kerala and Karnataka. The wildlife sanctuary is divided into five parts Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Madumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota. The protected area is home to several endangered and vulnerable species like Bengal Tiger, Gaur and Indian Leopard.
There are at least 266 species of birds in the sanctuary, including critically endangered Indian White-rumped Vulture and long-billed vulture.
Area covered is approximately 321 sq kms
source – wikipedia and Ixigo
Best time to come is from October to March
We got a chance to shoot through this beautiful forest while going from Ooty to Coorg. It was advised to start early in the morning from Ooty to see the fauna of jungle. I consider myself lucky to see beautiful spotted deers, captive elephants and wild boar.
Of course the forest was amazingly lush green. We could feel the fresh air that was enchanting our senses. Vivid views of forest kept us mesmerized for long.
It was a nice drive. I wondered if we would be able to see something exciting on the outskirts of Madumalai.
As we moved along the route,suddenly we saw a spotted deer staring at us. It was such a beauty. My kid got enthralled to see it. It was followed by a herd of deers so close by. What a scene it was. Actually, mind blowing!
As we went ahead, we got to see more and more deers, grazing while being alert. The whole atmosphere put me to old era of Ramayana. Such beautiful deers can tempt anyone to touch and feel. BUT, its not allowed to get off the vehicle in jungle. So, we behaved well. Then there were more deers.
Upon going further, we could see a family of captive elephants where a baby elephant was putting the grass in its mouth with its long trunk. It was a nice view to see one baby elephant with two adults. It seemed that both were parents to the calf and taking its care.
We saw a wild boar as well.
It was a nice short shot from the sanctuary. My kid specially was delighted at the sight of these animals. There were monkeys as well to add to her excitement.
Things to do
Pykara lake, Moyar river, Kallatti falls, bird watching, elephant safari, road safari, trekking
Where to stay
Jungle Hut- more than Rs.6000 in Masdinagudi, Glen view resort, Bamboo Banks Farm Guest house, Jungle retreat all three within 3000 to 4000 range. Monarch Safari Park, Club Mahindra are few more to list
Where to eat
Limited options. Caretakers of cottages serve basic meals to travellers.Advisable to carry your own food and water
How to reach
Nearest railway station is Udagamandalam which is approximately 65 kms away from sanctuary. Taxi services are available from there. Madumalai is connected to NH-67.
Nearest Airport is Bangalore approximately 35 kms away from the jungle
Post by Mr. Vikrant