Mukurthi National Park is located in the southern part of Nilgiri Plateau covering 80 sq.Km areas and at an altitude of 2400m. It is a habitat for various rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. The beautiful landscape and the varieties of flora and fauna have made it as one of the major tourist attraction for nature and wildlife lovers.
The park also has a historical association with the regime. It was James Breed, a British hill commissioner who in 1868 first advocated for establishing it as a protected zone. During 1886, the area of park was officially declared as a reserve area. After the independence it was categorized as wildlife sanctuary and in the year 1990, the area was given the status of national park.
The park is rich in wildlife and provides a great opportunity for the visitors to explore its wilderness. The park is famous for dwelling Nilgiri Tahr but other prime attractions for the visitors are the existence of Asian Elephant and the Royal Bengal Tiger. Other wildlife found in the park include Soft-Furred Rat, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Marten, Shrew, Black-Naped Hare, jackal, Mouse Deer, Barking Deer, Malabar Spiny Dormouse, Bonnet Macaque, leopard, Sambar Deer, etc.
It also houses a large variety of colorful avi-fauna species catering the needs of bird lovers. Some of the frequently sighted birds in the park include Laughing Thrush, Black Eagle, Whistling Thrush, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Black-Winged Kite, White-Eye, Black Bulbul, Black-And-Orange Flycatcher, Woodcock, Wood Pigeon, Grey Headed Flycatcher etc.
It is fascinating for the visitors to sight the different species of reptiles. Some of the commonly found reptiles are Geckos Dwarf, Shieldtails, Gecko Spp., Snakes Horseshoe, Oligodon Venustus, Oligodon Taeniolatus, Oligodon Venustus, Nilgiri Salea Salea Horsfieldii, Bronze-Headed Vine Snake etc.
The vegetation in the park is another alluring factor grabing the attention of the visitors towards it. It has greenery all around it and lofty tress rendering visitors with awe-inspiring feeling. Some of the trees and plants found in the park include Acacia Mearnsii, Syzygium Calophyllifoliu, Rhododendrons, Gaultheria Fragrantissima, Liparis Atropurpurea, Bergeris Tinctoria, Mahonia Leschenaulti, Rhododendron Arboreum, Satyrium Nepalense, Eucalyptus, Wild Yellow Raspberries, Michelia Nilagirica, Cinnamomum Wightii, Hedyotis Verticillaris etc.
Things to do
The park offers visitors a lot more things do for the visitors, such as trekking, picnic, sightseeing of Mukirthi dam located near by the park etc. It is very excited and adventurous for the visitors to organize trek on the Mukurthi peak. Besides, the scenic charm of the landscape provides an appropriate location for the visitors to execute their picnic plans with their family and children.
Best Time to visit
The best time to visit the national park is from February to May as during this time the weather is pleasing.
There is a forest rest house located near the forest where the visitors can find their accommodation. Besides, there are private lodges offering visitors a warm place to stay.
Popular Resorts and Hotels
There are some excellent resorts and hotels located near the park for the visitors to stay. Some of the popular resorts and hotels are Kurumba Village Resort, Savoy Hotel, Hotel Hills Palace, Vel’s Green Castle Resorts etc.
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (Closed on Tuesday)
Things to Note
- Abide by the rules and regulations laid down by the concerned authorities
- Do not take any weapons or sharp equipments inside the forest
- Keep the forest clean and maintain salience while traveling through the park
- Check cameras and carry binoculars
The park is located at a distant of 22 km from the beautiful tourist spot of Udhagamandalam/Ooty and hence it is easily accessible by road. The nearest airport is Coimbatore 140 away and the closest railway station is Udhagamandalam/Ooty station located 45 away from the park.