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Mudumalai National Park and Bandipur National Park are like two sides of the same coin. Separated by the border, Bandipur Park lies in Karnataka while the neighbouring, Mudumalai lies in the Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu. The area is rich with rare species that include 50 types of fish, 34 species of reptiles, 266 species of birds, and 55 types of mammals.
Some of the rare wildlife you’ll find here are vultures, Bengal Tigers, Indian Leopards and golden jackals. The flora includes dense tropical forests, exotic climbers and creepers, bamboo trees, Indian rosewood and much more! If you’re a nature enthusiast, Mudumalai’s sense of serenity and extravagant beauty is sure to leave you spellbound!
Location: NH 67, Gudalur NH 67, Gudalur, Devarshola, Tamil Nadu
Best Time to visit: The most ideal time to visit this park is from February to June.
Entry fee: INR 15/ USD 0.23 per person
Timings: The opening hours for visitors is from 7:00 am to 9:00 am in the morning and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the evenings.
Distance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 90 kilometres.
Once a hunting ground, ironically, Bandipur National Park was transformed into a reserve in 1974 and has been a point of interest, ever since. Replete with endangered wildlife and rich deciduous teak and sandalwood forests, Bandipur paints a unique picture that attracts tourists from near and far.
A safari through the vast park reveals rare species like hornbills, sloth bears, panthers, and deer, roaming freely in their natural habitat. Beholding nature’s beauty, Bandipur is an epitome of Karnataka’s ever-abundant riches!
Location: NH 67, Hangala Village, Gundlupet Taluk, Bandipur, Karnataka 571126
Recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve encircles Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala’s various national parks and extends across a massive area of 5,520 sq. km. A trek through the reserve opens doors to splendid sights like the wildlife, the dense trees, and the incredible Western Ghats.
The reserve boasts of elephants and tigers, primarily, since it is dedicated to the conservation of these species, but apart from that you’re sure to spot unique animals like gaurs, Indian Leopards, lion-tailed macaques, and even the Malabar giant squirrel, which is a rare sight. Prepare to set your eyes on some breathtaking beauty amidst vivid flowers, exotic plants and greenery like you’ve never seen before!
Distance from Bandipur National Park: 35 kms
Location: Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu 643223
A quaint, tranquil hill station nestled in the Nilgiris is what best describes Masinagudi. Verdant trees, trek-worthy hills and plentiful fauna is what adds to the beauty of this mesmerising forested region. Visiting Masinagudi is a must for wildlife safaris and one-of-a-kind treehouses that it offers.
Imagine waking up to the chirping of the birds and sitting by the front porch, admiring the lush greenery from at least 20 feet above the ground! If you aren’t a fan of adventure, or treehouses, Masinagudi is still a piece of paradise with its elephant camps, sprawling farms and fragrant tea-plantations that make it Tamil Nadu’s hidden gem.
Distance from Bandipur National Park: 13 kms
Location: Tamil Nadu 643223
Tucked away in the enormous Bandipur National Park, Gopalaswamy Betta is a majestic hill with a peak 1450 metres above sea level. The forest-clad hill is not only known for being the highest peak in the park, but for the mist that engulfs it for most of the year, giving it the name Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, as ‘Himavad’ translates to ‘fog’ in the local language. Apart from the elephant rides here, which the spot is most popular for, another attraction that tourists flock to is the Gopalaswamy Temple, situated atop the hill.
The temple pays tribute to one of the incarnations of Lord Krishna and is a preferred spot for solitude, especially at sunrise and sunset when the view beyond the temple soothes your soul. A place of worship amidst natural beauty is a testimony to the fact that Bandipur is more than just a scenic place.
Distance from Bandipur National Park: 18 kms
Location: NH 67, Hangala Village, Bandipur National Park, Gundlupet Taluk, Bandipur, Karnataka 571126
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