The Theppakadu Elephant Camp, established in 1972, allows visitors to mingle with nature’s largest land animal in a restricted environment. Elephants are trained as well as housed in the Theppakadu Elephant Camp.
Every day, a couple of the elephants do pooja to Lord Vinayaka inside the structure. Elephant rides are offered early in the morning as well as the evening at the Theppakadu Elephant Camp. During the evenings, the elephants have their routine feeding time and visitors are welcome to watch this.
With the visitor count exceeding a lakh per year, the camp serves as an important educational hub for spreading awareness about the pachyderms. The Theppakadu Elephant Camp is thus, mainly used for eco tourism, patrolling, resolving man-elephant conflicts and promoting understanding about the animal.
Timings: 5.30 am – 6.00 pm
The Moyar River is one of the tributaries of the Bhavani and originates from the town of Moyar along the Masinagudy-Ooty Road. It acts as a natural separation between the Mudumalai sanctuary and Bandipur. A number of animals visit the river to drink water, and this serves as a good place to spot them.
The Moyar River Gorge, also known as the Moyar Canyon, is 20 km in depth. The massive gorge was dug out of the Moyar River, and the river water plunges into the Canyon from a great height giving origin to the Moyar Falls.
A whole host of picnicking spots is present along the sides of the river and many tourists can be seen taking in the majestic view from them. The Moyar River is the main river feeding the Mudumalai National Park, and is a mmust-seefor those who want to experience nature at its finest and most serene.
A Museum is located near the Elephant feeding camp. Animals that used to roam in the Mudumalai Jungle in years gone by are preserved here. Visitors can catch a glimpse of history in the Museum, and it is worth visiting to observe the former dwellers of the forest in their preserved form, and how they match up to their current counterparts.
A number of good locations for spotting wildlife exist in and around Mudumalai. The bridge on the main road near Pykara Lake is a great spot to seek out different kinds of birds and animals. The Kallatty Falls and Moyar River see a number of animals paying a visit to quench their thirst, so this is another good location for avid animal watchers.
The Boat ride and Jungle safari, offered by the Tamil Nadu Tourism & Development Corporation and Forest Department present another chance to view the most exotic of flora and fauna in the area.
If one is going from Ooty to the Mudumalai Sanctuary, there are thirty six hairpin bends on the way through forested hills and waterfalls. This road contains a plethora of locations to spot animals and birds in their natural habitat.