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Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu)

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The Mudumalai national park and wildlife Sanctuary also a declared tiger reserve, lies on the northwestern side of the nilgiri hills (Blue Mountains), in Nilgiri District, about 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-west of Coimbatore city in Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu. It shares its boundaries with the states of Karnataka and Kerala. The sanctuary is divided into 5 ranges – Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota.

The protected area is home to several endangered and vulnerable species including Indian elephant, bengal tiger, gaur and Indian leopard. There are a minimum of 266 species of birds in the sanctuary, as well as critically endangered Indian white-rumped vulture and long-billed vulture.

The Western Ghats Nilgiri Sub-Cluster of 6,000 sq. kilometres (2,300 sq mi), including all of Mudumalai national park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage site.

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