Mudumalai Bird Watching Getaway
Crested Serpent Eagle seen at Mudumalai (Photo Courtesy: Macmohan)
Mudumalai (3000 ft asl) is a nature centric getaway at 100 kms from Mysore, 250 kms from Bangalore, 32 kms short of Ooty.
Mudumalai Sanctuary is part of one area comprising Bandipur (Karnataka), Nagarhole (Karnataka), Tholpetty (Kerala) and is located right on the edge of the border with neighboring Bandipur sanctuary in Karnataka.
Ther area is home to over 320 species of birds, both migratory as well as sedentary. The sholas and jungles provide perfect habitat for them all year round. The birds listed in this sanctuary are Peacock-our National bird, Grey Jungle Fowl, Red Spur Fowl, Grey Partridge Quails, Goggle Eyed Plower, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Large Racket-Tailed Dronge, The Magpie-robin, Spotted Babbler, Small Green Barbet, Green Pigeons, Brown Dove, Grey Hornbill, Bulbuls, Mynahs, etc.
Bird watching treks that can be organized here (Couple of hours, half day and full day). These treks will be an organized guided tour that will include the guide-cum-local ornithologist who has combed this area and been part of special teams in the related field in many of the National Parks of India.
Mudumalai can be an excellent starter for anyone looking to explore interest in Bird watching.
Recommended stay – 2 nights Season – October To May