Mukurthi National Park is a protected area. Previously it was known as “Nilgiris Tahr National Park”. It is situated on a high raised ground at Nilgiris. The park is characterised by montance grassland and shrublands. It is a home to endangered wildlife, including Royal Bengal Tiger and Asian Elephant. Its main mammal attraction is the Nilgiri Tahr. It is the India’s first International Biosphere Reserve. There are also leopards, sambar deer, barking deer, small Indain civet, shrew, soft furred rat. There are also birds including threatened laughing thrush, whistling thrush, woodcock etc.., Predatory black-winged kite, kestrel etc., may see in the grasslands. This area is also home to the numerous floras. The main objective is to conserve the endangered shola grasslands ecosystem and its epidemic flora and fauna.
The park is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India’s first International Biosphere Reserve. As part of the Western Ghats, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1 July 2012. A fascinating feature of the Mukurthi National Park is its endemism and relationship with the Himalayan flora and fauna. The Mukurthi dam has been built at the foot of this hill under Pykara hydro electricity scheme. The dam is situated at a distance of 32 km from Ooty and the peak is reached by walk for a distance of 9 km from there. The park generally slopes towards the east and south receiving water from the Billithadahalla, Pykara and Kundah rivers, and the Upper Bhavani and Mukurthi reservoirs which flow through the park. Also several perennial streams originate in the park, most of which drain into the Bhavani Puzha.
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Timing: Mon-Fri: (Except Tue): 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Sat-Sun: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Fees: Rs 30 per Person (Adults), Rs 10 (Children from 5-12 yrs)
Camera Fees: Still camera Rs 50/- , Video Rs 100
Things to do: Spotting different animals and Birds.