Monday, 20 August 2012

Mudumalai National park Nilgiris District Tamil Nadu


The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Nilgiri Hills, at a point where the Western Ghats meet the Eastern Ghats.his sanctuary has a mix of flat land, undulating parkland, open grassland, swamp, valleys and nullahs. The Mayyar River forms a series of spectacular cascades on its 65 kms route on the Udhagamandalam-Mysore highway. This sanctuary can be reached from Mysore too. The 321 sq kms area of the sanctuary encompasses a National Park measuring 103 sq kms. The vegetation here is varied. The hilly terrain of the Western Ghats, clothed in dense mixed and moist deciduous forests, make Mudumalai a most attractive wildlife reserve. 
Mudumalai National park Nilgiris District Tamil Nadu
Flora
 This type of forest remains green in all seasons. The plant species found here includes: Mangifera indica, Pongamia glabra, Terminalia arjuna, Syzygium cumini, Indian rosewood Dalbergia latifolia and the bamboos. This sanctuary is home to several species of wild relatives of cultivated plants including wild rice, wild ginger, turmeric, Cinnamon, Solanum, Guava, mango and pepper that act as a reserve gene pool for the cultivated plants.In certain places mixed vegetation types are present. The deciduous trees shed their green leaves during the summer, and adopt a floral garb while the arrival of the monsoons hails fruits and tender greens

Fauna
Mudumalai  National park  fauna   includes Elephant, Gaur, Bonnet, Macaque, Common langur, Tigers and Leopards, Chital, Panther, Sloth Bear, Python, Barking deer, Four-Horned Antelope, Otter, Crocodile, Giant flying squirrel, Sambhar, Hyena, Wild Dog, Wild Boar, Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Jackal, Hare, Porcupine and Mongoose.

Location - the Nilgiris district 65 kms from Ootacamund on the Ooty- Mysore Road.
Nearest airport - Coimbatore – 160 kms away.
Nearest  Railway station - Udhagamandalam – 64 kms away. Mysore – 95 kms away .
Best season - Throughout the year (Except June to August)
Accommodation :- Forest Rest Houses at Abhayaranyam, Kargudi, Masinagudi, and Teppakadu.          Catering arrangements are provided.
Other facilities - Motor Vehicles and riding elephants available hire.
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