Nilgiris resumes tourism; Mudumalai opens for visitors
Gudalur: Mudumalai Tiger Reserve has been opened on Friday abiding by the Covid protocol. The regions of Theppakadu and Abhayaranyam were opened under the supervision of Revenue and Disaster Management Department. Chennai Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Chief Wildlife Warden informed that the visitors are allowed only abiding to the Covid guidelines.
Only the visitors who wear triple-layer N95 masks are allowed to visit after thermal scanning. They have to bring identity cards, medical certificates and details of the trip too. The visitors will be allowed to enter only by keeping two metres distance. The vehicle safaris are restricted from 6.30 am to 10 am and between 2 pm and 5 pm.
50 percent of the seats of the vehicles will be used for the safaris. Elephant safaris will begin on September 6. The guest houses and dormitories will open from Monday. Those who suffer from fever and cough, senior citizens above 65 years, pregnant women, children below 10 years are not permitted to visit the park.
Most of the tourists reach here to see the elephants’ bathing in the river and ‘aanayoottu’ (elephant feeding) every morning and evening. Rainfall had turned the Mudumalai forests into lush green.
Shooting Mattam, Pykara waterfalls and Naduvattam Needle Rock view point in Ooty- Gudalur route are already opened for the tourists.