Mudumalai National Park
Location of Mudumalai National Park :In Nilgiri hills at around 350-1220m (1150ft-4100ft). Route between Mysore and hill resort of Doty runs through Mudumalai. Nearest airport is at Coimbatore, (160km; 99 miles). Doty (better known as Udhagamandalam) is nearest railhead (64km;40 miles).
Climate of Mudumalai National Park :Both summer and winter are moderate (summer 32°C, or 90°F; winter 18°C, or 64°F).
When to go (Mudumalai National Park ) :Wildlife viewing best between February and June.
Getting to Mudumalai National Park : Nearest town is Gudalur (16km; 10 miles). Buses between Mysore and Ooty, and Ooty-Gudalur and the park.
Facilities at Mudumalai National Park :Park closed in middle of day (open 06:30-09:00 and 16:00-18:00). Private cars not per-mitted; jeeps and vans available through Forestry Department; must be accompanied. by guides. Forest rest houses and guest houses at Masinagudi (restaurants and shops), Kargudi, Theppakkadu, and Abhayaranyamin the park. Private accommodation~:offered by B;amboo Banks Farm guest house 18km (11 miles) from sanctuary; Jungle Hut also offers cottages. Park has extensive network of fair-weather roads.
Wildlife in Mudumalai National Park : Indian Elephant, Gaur, Wild Boar, Wild Dog, Chital and Sambhar. Tours in vans available,but best way to visit the park is to take an elephant ride (arrange through rest houses). Night safaris and trekking opportunities.
Landscapes of Mudumalai National Park :Mudumalai has a diverse terrain of hills, ravines, valleys, waterfalls and swamps.
Permits and Reservations for Mudumalai National Park :For information and accommodation (reservations need to be made early), contact: Wildlife Warden,. Mahalingam Building, Conoor Road, Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu.
Travel Angel Says: The National Park is roughly rectangular in shape. With a length of 23 kilometers (14miles) and a width of 8 kilometers (5 miles), its total area is 142 square kilometers (55 square miles). Dachigam was proclaimed a sanctuary in 1951, and it was upgraded to national park status in 1981.
The park consists of two sectors: Upper Dachigam, which lies in the higher reaches on the eastern side and makes up tow thirds of the entire area, and Lower Dachigam in the west. The beautiful Daghawna River flows across Lower Dachigam through a shrub-covered rocky ravine. Mulberry trees, willows and oaks are predominant in Dachigam's lower reaches, an area of thick undergrowth, while Blue Pine, juniper and birch and thinning undergrowth exists in the upper region. Several fire lines exist, and these are cleared every March, helping increase visibility of wildlife in the park.