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1. Maximize recreational experience of the people through various activities.

2. Minimize the impact of tourism on wildlife and its crucial habitat.

3. Increase visitors’ concern for nature conservation.

4. Create a sense of belongingness and public support for the conservation.

5. Create opportunities for the local people to compensate for their sacrifices for conservation.

Facilities available for tourists:

1. Vehicle rides in the tourism zone of the core zone

2. Elephant safari

3. Visit to Interpretation centre at Theppakadu

4. Visit to Elephant camp at Theppakadu

Vehicle safari:

1. Visitors would be taken on a 45 minutes ride through the tourism zone of the Tiger Reserve in buses run by the Tiger reserve management. Visitors should present themselves 1 hour before their turn.

2. Please note that no private Vehicles are allowed / permitted for safari rides within the Core area of the Tiger Reserve: only department- run vehicles are engaged for safaris.

3. For availability services of the vehicle safari rides, visitors are requested to approach the new reception centre at Theppakadu, located about 100 meters from the main road; and purchase tickets.

4. Timings:
Morning - 7.00 AM to 9.00 AM
Evening - 3.00 PM to 5.30 PM

Elephant safari:

1. 30 minutes elephant safari in the tourism zone.

2. Current booking undertaken at Theppakadu Reception Range

3. Elephant rides are subject to dry and favourable weather conditions prevailing.

4. Timings:
Morning - 7.00 AM to 8.00 AM
Evening - 4.00 PM to 5.00 PM

Visit to Interpretation & Nature Education Centre:

The future of Tiger Reserve and its flora and fauna depends significantly upon the peoples support and their cooperation. For this, awareness on wildlife conservation and importance of preserving biodiversity for survival of mankind is a must. With these important objectives we have established Interpretation centres at Theppakadu.

Visit to Elephant Camp:

1. Tourists are permitted to visit the famous Elephant Camp during their feeding times. This is located at Theppakadu, not far from the reception centre.

2. Visitation is restricted to morning and evening.

3. Visit to the elephant Camp is rewarding experience. One can learn about the feeding habits of the elephants, especially camp elephants and their routine.

4. This Theppakadu Elephant Camp in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve is one of the oldest camps in the Country. It was established way back in 1927. Presently 24 Elephants are maintained in the Theppakadu Elephant Camp.

5. Timings:
Morning - 8.30 AM to 9.00 AM
Evening - 5.30 PM to 6.00 PM

6. The camp elephants are engaged for patrolling the forests, joy ride for tourists, anti-depredation operations and rescue operations etc.

Best time to visit Mudumalai:

All seasons throughout the year is good for visit to the reserve, except during peak summer which occurs normally in March and April, with temperature rising upto 32ºC.


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Accommodation facilities:

1. We provide comfortable accommodation services at an affordable cost.

2. All the rest houses, lodges, huts, log houses and dormitories are well- furnished and distributed in the tourism zone.

3. There are 32 suites having 126 beds. Location & details of rest houses are as follows.

Location Name of the Rest Houses No. of suites No. of Beds
Theppakadu Log house 3 2 beds/ each and one 4 beds
Sylven Lodge 5 2 beds/ each
Morgan Dormitory 2 4 beds/ each
Minivet Dormitory 2 4 beds/ each
Kargudy Abhayaranyam Rest House 2 2 beds/ each
Abhayaranyam Annex 2 2 beds/ each
Tiger Suite 1 2 beds/ each
Cuckoo Rest House 1 4 beds
Peacock Dormitory 3 Pigeon- 10 beds
Peacock I- 20beds
Peacock II- 20 beds
Masinagudi Log house 4 2 beds/ each
Trekking shed 2 I -4 beds
II- 6 beds
Rest house 3 2 beds/ each
Emerald 2 2 beds/ each

4. Each rest house is looked after by a Bungalow watcher, who will be able to cook and serve food on payment.

For further details on accommodation please contact the following authorities:

For Reservation Contact:

For Advance Booking For current Booking
The Forest Range Officer,
Office of the Field Director,
Mudumalai Tiger Reserve,
Mount Stuart hill,
Udhagamandalam -643 001.
Phone: 0423-2445971.
The Forest Range Officer,
Reception Range- Theppakadu,
Mudumalai Tiger Reserve,
Theppakadu (P.O),
Phone: 0423 - 2526235.
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