Gudalur Places of Interest

Gudalur is a picturesque green valley on the way from Mysore to Ooty

It is a gateway to three states, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, lying equidistant from both Kerala and Karnataka. Though the history of the name has been lost, it is the place where all the three states’ boundaries meet.

Gudalur is located 51 km west of Ooty.



Cherambadi :

It is 35 kms from Gudalur. It is the extreme Western corner which has plantations and mica mines. Sultan’s Battery is very near.

Frog Hill View :

It is 14 kms on the way to Ooty-Gudalur Road. From here can see the Frog Shape of a hill view and one can enjoy panoramic view over Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctury and Gudal.

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Mudumalai sancturary

  1. 64 kms from Ooty, 164 kms from Coimbatore. Mudumalai wildlife reserve is a continuation of the Bandipur National Park.

  2. Mudumalai wildlife reserve was the first sanctuary in south India. The terrain is extremely varied with hills, valleys, ravines, watercourses and swamps. The vegetation comprises of tropical moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests and scrub forests.

  3. Langur, bonnet macaque, tiger, leopard, wild dog, hyena, jackal, sloth bear, elephants, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, Indian muntjac, mouse deer, wild boar, rodent and flying squirrel are part of the wildlife in Mudumalai. It has a rich bird life that includes Malabar trogan, Grey hornbill, crested hawk eagle, crested serpent eagle, etc.

  4. The Elephant Safaris in the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary : A safari tour to Mudhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary can be very interesting. The guides here know their animals by heart. +You can sit on the elephant back and have an enthralling trip around the park.

  5. The best time to visit the reserve is from February to June. The sanctuary can be reached by road.

  6. The nearest railway station is Udakamandalam. The nearest airport is Coimbatore.

  7. Accommodation can be arranged at forest rest house, guesthouses at Masinagudi, Kargudi, Abhayaranyam and Theppakkadu.

  8. Contact wildlife sanctuary :  Ph : 0423-2526235.

Needle Rock :


It is situated about 40 kms from Ooty on the Ooty Gudalore road. This point gives you a 360 degree view. The sunset from here on clear days is guaranteed to take your breath from here. You can get a panoramic view of the Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary and Gudalur town from this rock.

Pandalur :

24 kms from Gudalur. About a century ago the place boasted of a small race-course laid in the wake of unsuccessful but hectic stirring up of activities in connection with the "gold boom" - attempted mining of gold in the vicinities.

Numbalakottai Vimalagiri

4 km from Gudalur. A shrine of Vettakarappan with sub-shrine built in Kerala style is here.

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

The people here are mainly small tea growers and are mainly engaged in agricultural activities. The ancestors of this village migrated from Thiruvithamkur and other parts of Kerala some 50 years ago.


20 km. from Gudalur. A few ruins of historical Ummatur dynasty can be seen here.

Hanging Bridges

Located on the way to Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary. It is 7 km from Gudalur.


A small town on the way to Pandalur from Gudalur at 18th km has the second highest rainfall in India.


Kunnalady is a pilgrim centre of Malayalees as well as Tamils. It is a centre of Tea Leaves business. The people here are mainly tea planters and life depends on the rise and fall of tea leaf value. There is a church in Kunnalady Bekky Matha Church very famous for its feast called ‘perunnal’and the land for this church is provided by Jacob Padinjaremuriyil to Mananthavadi Diocese. There is a temple Anchmbalam in kunnalady and its ‘Utsavam’ is very famous. Ammankavu is nearby.


The capital of Mothavayal panchayat. It is a fully literate village.

Genepool Garden

It is located at 10 km from Gudalur in a place called Nadugani. Here variety of species from all over the world.

Cherangode Swami Malai

A tourist hill, lake, located in Pandalur-Kolappally-Ayyankolly road.

Singara and Moyar

Underground Power houses under the control of Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board.


There is a shrine dedicated to Velankanni Matha. This is a pilgrims’ centre.


A beautiful village encircled with forest where one half cultivated tea plantation, vanilla, coffee, cardamom etc,.

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