Why Mukurthi National Park is famous?
It is home to an array of endangered wildlife, including royal Bengal tiger and Asian elephant, but its main mammal attraction is the Nilgiri tahr. The park was previously known as Nilgiri Tahr National Park. The park is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India’s first International Biosphere Reserve.
How can I go to Mukurthi National Park?
Apart from trekking to and from Mukurthi peak, the routes take you through places like Mudimund, Sipara and Silent Valley among others. The length of those Mukurthi National Park trekking routes vary from 8 to 60 kilometres, and overnight stays are available at the forest houses, or in tents.
Which river flows through Mukurthi National Park?
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.
Which animal is protected in Mukurthi National Park?
Nilgiri Tahr Hemitragus hylocrius
Mukurthi National Park lies at the southwestern end of the Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu. It encompasses an area of 7,846 ha. This IBA was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1980, and later a National Park in 1990, mainly for the protection of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr Hemitragus hylocrius.
What comes under Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve?
The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve falls under the biogeographic region of the Malabar rain forest. The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Wyanaad Wildlife Sanctuary Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park, Mukurthi National Park and Silent Valley are the protected areas present within this reserve.
Where is Mukurthi National Park in Tamil Nadu?
At a distance of 40 km from Ooty, Mukurthi National Park is a protected area located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu state. It is one of the most attractive wildlife sanctuaries in South India and among the best places to visit as part of Ooty Tour Packages.
When was the Nilgiri National Park declared a wildlife sanctuary?
The area was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1982 and upgraded to a National Park in 1990 in order to protect the Nilgiri tahr. The park is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India’s first International Biosphere Reserve.
What is the distance covered by trekking routes in Kerala?
The trekking routes go through places like Mukurthi Peak, which is the highest peak in the forest region, Anaikatti, Mudimund, Sipara, Western Catchment, Moyar and Silent Valley. The distance covered by these trekking routes varies between 8 to 60 kilometres.