Mathikettan Shola National Park is a national park is located in Poopara village of Udumbanchola in Idukki district of Kerala state, South India. The Park is spread over an area of 12.82 square kilometers. The national park is a biodiversity hotspot and plays a vital role in safeguarding wildlife in the region.
This tract was notified as a Reserve Forest by the Travancore Government in 1897. Part of the land, prior to becoming a national park, had been leased out for the production of Cardamom. It was declared a National Park on Nov 21, 2003 to protect its ecological, faunal, floral and geographical wealth and its environment.
Mathikettan Shola National Park is abundant in trees such as Chionanthus ramiflorus, Callophyllum austro indicum, Syzygium gardneri, Bhesa indica, Litsea wighteana etc.
Elephants that visit Mathikettan shoal from the munnar Disvision became trapped between the Bodinaykkanur and Kottamalai areas. It is all because of private establishment on the northern side of Mathikettan.
The region attracts large numbers of adventure seekers, especially trekkers. Watching birds and wildlife in their natural habitat is a popular attraction of trekking in the national park. Photographers visit the national park and stay for long periods to capture the animals in their natural habitat.
Best time to visit:
Mathikettan Shola National Park is open throughout the year. Best time to visit the park is during the months of Januaray, February, March, November and December.
Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the sanctuary for complete information entry timings and fee.
There are several accommodation options around Mathikettan Shola National Park to accommodate outsiders or tourists. Visitors are advised to get in touch with us to get know about accommodation and other facilities along with charges.
From Madurai, 140 km and Kochi is 190 km, either air or trains, you can reach there.