Destinations

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Mudumalai is famous for its elephant habitat and this is one of India's best sanctuaries in India. It is the first sanctuary in south India. The land is extremely varied with hills, valleys, narrow valleys, waterways and swamps. It includes of tropical moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests and scrub forests. Compared to the nearby reserves, the climate is warmer in Mudumalai.

The Famous Mudumalai wildlife Sanctuary is situated at an elevation of 1000 mts and extends over an area of 321 sq km. Mudumalai sanctuary lies between Kerala and Karnataka states. Mudumalai is located in the thick forests of the northern Nilgiri Hills where the fantastic screenshot of the Western ghats meet the Eastern ghats, in Tamil Nadu, India.

The range of Mudumalai wildlife Sanctuary is the same as in Bandipur (another famous sanctuary near it) but the Mudumalai has two features which makes different from its neighbors - the Moyar River and closeness to the Nilgiri mountain ranges which has variety of wildlife.
The Mudumalai wildlife Sanctuary has varied mixture of flat land, rising and falling parkland, open grassland, swamp, valleys and nullas. The Mayyar River in this area shapes a sequence of spectacular view on its way from Udhagamandalam - Mysore highway. Mudumalai wildlife Sanctuary could be reached from Mysore as well.
The main attraction in Mudumalai is Mudumalai wildlife Sanctuary. The Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary was set up in 1932, established in 1940 as a sanctuary. Since then has emerged as an important wildlife conservation park of India.

Bandipur

Located in the southern part of the beautiful state of Karnataka, Bandipur is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India. The Bandipur National Park was made by the Maharaja of Mysore in the year 1931 and was then spread over an area of 90 sq kms. However, it was later increased to 800 sq kms and renamed the Venugopala Wildlife Park after the residing deity of the shrine located here at Gopalswamy Betta. The name Bandipur National Park was given in the year 1973 when the Government took over the park under the Project Tiger Scheme and it was then made into a Tiger Reserve.

Bandipur Wildlife sanctuary forms the connecting link between the Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary in Tamilnadu and the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and thus, is a long beautiful stretch that you would fall in love with.

There are three beautiful rivers that flow through the Bandipur sanctuary namely the Moyar river, the Kabini river and the Nagur river. The weather is ideally suited for a great vacation amidst nature. Bandipur is a lovely destination that can be visited all year round. The summer months from March to May would be a great time to watch the animals at the watering holes. However, the period between June to October (during the monsoons) is when Bandipur comes alive with greenery all over.

Ooty

Called the Queen of Hill Stations picturesque, green Udhagamandalam better known, as Ooty is the most popular hill station in the South.ooty Located in the Western ghats at a height of 2240m, Udhagamandalam is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district where the two ghats ranges meet. Nature has been generous with this region, which is by far the most beautiful in the state. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, trees like confiers, eucalptus, pine and wattle dot the hillside in Udhagamandalam and its encirons. Summer temperature is rarely higher than 25°c with a minimum of 10°c and winter is are distinctly cooler with a high of 21°c and a low 5°c. Curiously enough, this slice of paradise remained unknown to the great southern dynasties and it took the British to discover it in the early 1800s. They were, however, not the first inhabitants of this land as a tribe called Todas had been living there long before the British came, claiming that the Nilgiris had been their home since time immemorial. But the credit for modernising Udhagamandalam and making it accessible goes to the British who constructed the first railway line in the area and made it the summer capital of the Madras Presidency.

Ooty with smaller hill stations of Coonoor - 19 kms and Kothagiri 31 kms from Ooty are the other hill stations of this district. Nilgiri is India's first biosphere. It has been declared as one of the 14 'hotspots' of the world because of its unique bio-diversity. Nilgiri presents a truly breath taking kaleidoscope of visual treats and soul stirring experience.

 

Mysore

Known for its magnificent Palaces and Majestic buildings, sprawling gardens and tree lined boulevards, Shimmering Silks and Sandalwood, the 'City Royale' always figures in the tourist's itinerary. It conjures up visions and memories of the resplendent glory of the illustrious Wodeyar Kings. This former state capital is a seamless blend of old-world charm and modernity. It retains its tradition in music and dance, art and literature. Mysore is the second biggest city in the state of Karnataka. It lies 130 km's from the State.

Wayanad

Wayanad is a combination of Vayal (paddy) and Naad (land), making it 'The Land of Paddy Fields'. There are many indigenous tribals in this area. It is set high on the majestic Western Ghats with altitudes ranging from 700 to 2100 m.

A travel tour to Wayanad is home to the exquisite variety of tribal and ethnic handicrafts available in this part of Kerala, South India. Tribal and indigenous art and artifacts of the order of Vatakkali and Kooliyattam of the Paniyar tribe, Kolkali of the Kurumars and Nellukuttu belonging to the Kuruchias are some of the ethnic civilisational ambassadors, which need to be seen and appreciated in their motherlands to live the true flavor and charm of this less discovered heritage of Kerala, South India.

Pykara

19 km from Ooty. The river has a dam and power plant. There is a breathtaking scenery. The falls, about 6 km from the bridge on the main road, are best in July, but they are also worth visiting from August to December. There is a forest rest House at Pykara. A boat house by the Pykara falls and Dam is added attractions to the tourists.Pykara boasts of well protected fenced Sholas, Toda settlements, undistributed grassy meadows and also a good wildlife habitat. The Pykara Dam, Pykara falls and the reservoir attracts many tourists. A boat house with Restaurant is available. It is maintained by T.T.D.C.