Nilgiris - Cherambadi - Mudumalai
Tamil NaduYou can lose yourself in the lush green forests of the Nilgiris and return to experience it all over again. Never a dull moment, this green world either rings with langur alarm calls or quivers with the passing of an elephant herd. Covering a tract of over 5,000 square kilometers, the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is India’s first Biosphere Reserve with extensive forests, a rich repository of flora and fauna and a source of great rivers, including the Kaveri. Home to several tribal communities like the Todas, Kotas, Irullas and others, ‘Nilgiri’ after which the mountain range is named spreads across the borders of the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Part of the biosphere, Cherambadi is about 40 km from Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. It is known for its tea and coffee plantations of major groups such as Harrisons Malyalam, Tata, etc. While ambling through these estates, you can watch out for wild elephants, leopards and other smaller mammals that frequen...t here. The area acts as an elephant corridor between the three states. Once upon a time, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, now also a declared Tiger Reserve was made up of old forest blocks, used for big game shooting. During World War II, the forest was used as a training camp for soldiers to be sent to Burma. Today, it is one of the safest refuges for the Asian Elephant with over 600 pachyderms found here - the largest concentration of elephants in India. Mudumalai literally means “old hills” and is also home to the gaur, leopard, wild dogs, tiger, chital, sambar and a host of birds.
How To Book
Enquiries regarding accommodation and bookings can be made at the Wildlife Warden’s office at Mudumalai Sanctuary, Coonoor Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Tel.: 0423-44098.
The park is open for visitors in the morning from 07:00 am to 09:00 am and then in the afternoon from 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm.
Getting Around the Park
Jeeps and buses are arranged for by the Sanctuary to run on fixed routes, 15km into the forest. These tours run twice a day – in the morning and afternoon. An elephant ride can also be reserved at the Wildlife Warden’s office or at the Reception Centre at Theppakadu. Private vehicles and hiking on foot are not permitted inside the sanctuary
R Rs. - 110 per personJeep Safari - R 600 for 6 people for 45 minutesForest Department Vehicle - R 300 per head
By Air: Coimbatore (160 km). Transport can be hired from these airports to drive to the park. By Rail: Udhagamandalam or Ooty (64 km) By Road: Gudalur (16 km) is the nearest town. Small government minibuses choose the short route along the Sighur Ghat road, while larger vehicles prefer the route from Gudalur to the reserve, which takes an hour longer. Private buses or Cheran Transport buses can be taken from Ooty to Masinagudi. Buses run every couple of hours between Theppakkadu and Masinagudi. Jeeps can also be shared or hired
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