Needle Rock is also called as Ooshi Malai/Soochi Malai.
Area: 321 km sq (124 sq mi)
Location: Northwestern Nilgiri Hills (Blue Mountains), Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu
Elevation: 1,266 m (4,154 ft) above sea level
Latitude: 11.5623° N | Longitude: 76.5345° E
Geography: A varied terrain ranging from flat lands, undulating parklands, open grasslands, swamps, valleys, and ‘nullas’. The forest cover is mostly tropical moist Deciduous forests, dry Deciduous forests, and scrub forests, along with Tropical Evergreen forests, moist teak forests, dry teak forests, grassy woodlands, shrubs, and swamps in some parts.
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.
Tourists are permitted to visit the famous Elephant Camp during their feeding times. This is located at Theppakadu, not far from the reception center. Visitation is restricted to morning and evening.
Visit to the elephant Camp is rewarding experience. One can learn about the feeding habits of the elephants, especially camp elephants and their routine.The camp elephants are engaged for patrolling the forests, joy ride for tourists, anti-depredation operations and rescue operations etc.
Morning – 8.30 AM to 9.00 AM
Evening – 5.30 PM to 6.00 PM
Visitors would be taken on a 60 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. Private Vehicles are allowed / permitted for safari rides within the Core area of the Tiger Reserve, only department- run vehicles are engaged for safaris
For availability services of the vehicle safari rides, visitors are requested to approach the new reception center at Theppakadu, located about 100 meters from the main road; and purchase tickets.The vehicle rides is on first come first serve basis.
Morning: 7.00 AM to 9.00 AM
Evening: 3.00 PM to 5.30 PM
30 minutes elephant safari in the tourism zone. Current booking undertaken at Theppakadu Reception Range.
Elephant rides are subject to dry and favorable weather conditions prevailing.
Morning: 7.00 AM to 8.00 AM
Evening: 4.00 PM to 5.00 PM