Mukurthi National Park is another major attraction of the Nilgiris. It is located on the south eastern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau. The area contains a viable population of Nilgiri Thar (Hermitragus hilocrius).
27 km from Ooty and easily accessible, Mukurthi peak is certainly the most notable height of the Nilgiris. It stands 8380 feet above the sea and commands one of the most magnificent views to be seen in India. It is noticeable owing to its curious shape which is that of an acute right angled triangle with one side almost vertical. The view from this peak is one of finest in South India. 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.
Nilgiri Thar (Hamitragus hilocrius) is the main attraction in this park. Besides that Sambhar, barking deer, Nilgiri marten, otter, jungle cat, jackals etc are the commonly found animals.
The bird population includes Laughing and whistling thrushes, woodcock, wild pigeon and black eagle etc.
The park also has large varieties of butterflies that includes blue admiral, Indian red admiral, Indian Cabbage white, Hedge blues, Rainbow trouts and Indian fritillary, which has a similarity to the Himalayan Butterflies.
Nilgiris gentle slopes and cool climate offers easy trekking. There are no entry permits needed nor it is essential to hire a guide in these trek routes but it is good to inform the District forest Officer especially if you are going on a long trek inside the park.
In and Around
Trekking up the mountains is the major tourist activity in this National Park.
The views offered from here are amazing.
The Pykara hydro electricity dam is where one can catch sights of bird species.
Scenic spot to spend picnic time.
There are several waterfalls along the way where the tourists can lay down and simply rest while completing the long and dreary trek.
Best time to visit Mukurthi National Park is during February to May and September to November.
How to Reach
Coimbatore International Airport, at a distance of 140 km, is the nearest one to the National Park.
Udhagamandalam Railway station, at a distance of 45 km, is the closest to the national park.
Tourists can reach by availing buses and/or taxis from Avalanchi(30 km), Upper Bhavani (25 km), Anumapuram (24 km), Mudimund (40 km), etc.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Travelers who visit Mukurthi National Park can find excellent wildlife hotels and resorts in the gorgeous city of Ooty which are located nearby the Park. These wildlife resorts plan for amazing wildlife excursions to the park so that one can get the best views of the wildlife.