Mukurthi National Park is situated in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, at a distance of approximately 27 km from Ooty. It lies on the southeastern corner of the elevated Nilgiri Plateau and is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere. Spread over an area of over 80 sq km, Mukurthi Wildlife Sanctuary of India has an altitude that averages around 2400 m. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between the months of February and May or September and November.
The flora of Mukurti National Park of India is very much similar to
what is found in the Himalayan range. The landscape is dominated by
grasslands, which are mostly dotted with a number of secluded, dense and
sharply defined wet temperate mixed forests. These forests consist of
savannah woodlands, along with evergreen trees, smaller than the lowland
ones. The main sources of water in the park are Billithadahalla, Pykara
and Kundah Rivers.
The pride of Mukurthi Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu is its
significant population of Nilgiri Thar. Apart from that, one can also
see Nilgiri Marten, Otter, Barking Deer, Sambar, Jungle Cat, Jackals,
The most popular bird species of Mukurti Wildlife Sanctuary are Black
Eagle, Woodcock, Laughing and Whistling Thrushes, Wild Pigeon, etc. One
can also find a large number of butterflies inside the sanctuary, like
Hedge Blues, Indian Fritillary, Indian Red Admiral, Blue Admiral,
Rainbow Trouts, etc.
How to Reach Mukurthi National Park
By Air: Coimbatore airport, 140 km away, falls the nearest to
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.