Mukurthi National Park is located in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, South India. Mukurthi National Park is sandwiched between the Mudumalai National Park and the Silent Valley National park. Nilgiri Thar is the main attraction in this park. The park was previously known as Nilgiri Tahr National Park. The Park is spread over an area of 78.46 square kilometers of land.
By 1868, since the arrival of British, the sholas in these forests started to be destroyedafter the arrival of Britishers in 1868. After then, the Hill Commissioner, James Breeds requested the government to take some action for the protection of wildlife of this Park. Then in 1882, Dietrich Brandis, the Inspector General of Forest suggested building large forest blocks to save the natural forest resources. This whole area of Mukurthi National Park was then given the status of Reserve forest in the year 1886. By 3rd August 1982, these forests were declared as Wildlife Sanctuary. 8 years later, on 15 October 1990, The Park was given the status of National Park to protect the most important species of Nilgiri Tahr.
The natural vegetation consists of vast stretches of grasslands interspersed with numerous isolated, compact sharply defined and small woodland “Shoals’. Only two storeys of tree layers are seen. Lianas are quite common, Epiphytes are abundant and consists mostly of lichens, ferns, bryophytes and various orchids.
Nilgiri Thar is the main attraction in this park. Apart from this, one can also see Nilgiri Marten, Otter, Barking Deer, Sambar, Jungle Cat, Jackals etc.
For Trekkers it is a good place.
Best time to visit:
Mukurthi National Park is open throughout the year. February to May and September to November is the best time to visit this Park.
Timings and Fee:
Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the sanctuary for complete information entry timings and fee. Usually the Park remain open in between 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM.
There are several accommodation options around Mukurthi 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.
By Air: Coimbatore airport, 140 km away, falls the nearest to Mukurthi
By Rail: The nearest railway station is that of Udhagamandalam.
By Road: Regular buses as well as taxis are easily available to and from Coimbatore.