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A true mammal paradise, Mudumalai is home to Asian elephant, leopard, gaur, sloth bear, sambar, Malabar giant squirrel, jackal, chital, muntjac, wild dog and hyena, amongst others.

The best time to visit the reserve is from February to June. The bird enthusiasts will be excited with Malabar trogan, grey hornbill, crested hawk eagle and crested serpent eagle.

Mudumalai, meaning ‘land of the ancients’ was the first reserve in Southern India to be declared a sanctuary. Its conservation efforts have afforded protection to some endangered and vulnerable species including Asian elephant, tiger, gaur and leopard but also the critically endangered white-rumped vulture and long-billed vulture.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: sloth bear, wild dog, bonnet macaque, leopard, muntjac
  • Where: Karnataka, India