Mudumalai is a beautiful and exuberant city located in the Southern part of India in the north west side of the Nilgiri hills. This area provides an opportunityfor people to see exotic animals in this area. It is highly famous all over the world for the impressive creatures prevailing in this land. One distinguishing feature is that the gray langur and the bonnet macaque are two of the notable primates that can be seen in the Mudumalai area. It is also possible to witness tigers, leopards, dholes, golden jackals, striped hyenas, sloth bears, and Asian elephants in this region as well. Owing to innumerous variety of birds, bird watching is an interesting activity in this region. Some of the birds frequenting this region are The Malabar Trojan, the Malabar grey hornbill, the crested hawk, the crested serpent eagle, and the rare striped tit-babbler. Madumalai is extremely popular owing to its National Park. CONNECTIVITY TO MADUMALAI:
Nearest railway station is Udagamadalam station in the Nilgiri Mountain Railway service, which is nearly 64 km away from this area. The nearest airport is in Coimbatore, which is nearly 160 km away from the Mudumalai. Coimbatore is well connected to all major cities in South India, including Chennai, Bangalore, Mangalore and Hyderabad.
Many tourist providers are conducting bus services up to Udagamandalam from Coimbatore, Madurai, Mysore, Bangalore and Chennai.
ATTRACTIONS IN MADUMALAI:
Jungle Safari allows people to catch a glimpse of animals living in their natural habitat. Both vehicle safaris and elephant safarisare available with the Forest Department. Only one jeep is used at a time on first come first serve basis. Jeep safari can hold only six peopleat a time. Van safaris are also available which can hold 25 people at a time.
Elephant safaris are used for locations where vehicles cannot venture into it. Four people can be seated on elephant safari at a time.
Mudumalai National Park was established on 60 sq km in 1940. It was the first wild life sanctuary established in South India at that time. Today the park has expand ed to 321 sq km. Primates such as the gray langur and the bonnet macaque are both living in the park. One can also expect to see such animals as tigers, leopards, striped hyenas, dholes, sloth bears, Asian elephants, and Golden Jackals. Many birds can also be seen in the park such as The crested hawk-eagle, the crested serpent eagle, the Malabar Trojan, and the Malabar grey hornbill.
The Theppakaddu Elephant Camp was officially established in 1972 and allows people to establish interaction with elephants in a controlled environment. The camp is used to train as well as house elephants. Currently 23 elephants are residing in the camp. Every day two of the elephants perform prayers to Lord Vinayaka. The elephants are used to provide joy rides for a fee early in the morning and then again in the evening. Tourists can be allowed to see the elephants in the evening feeding time of elephants.