Mathikettan Shola National Park or Mathikettan National Park is one of the smallest national parks, with an area of just 12.82 square kilometers. This national park is at Poopara village in Udumbanchola taluk, Idukki district, Kerala state.
An Elephant inside Mathikettan Shola National Park
The area under the national park is a reserved forest. It is rich in flora and fauna. It became a national park in 2003.
The word Mathikettan means ‘mind confuser’ in Tamil Language, an Indian language spoken in the area. One forgets the path once he or she enters the park. Hence, the name Mathikettan National park. For this reason, seek the help of a guide when going inside the park.
There are different trekking packages available, accompanied by Forest department approved guides. There is a bird watching trekking route in the evening around 4’o clock. There is a morning trekking tour available, which starts at 6.30 am.
Pampadum Shola national park is another national park situated close to Mathikettan Shola park.
How Do I Go to Mathikettan Shola National Park?
Mathikettan Shola National Park is accessible form Poopara. Poopara is on the Munnar – Kumily road. Munnar is at around 34 kilometers distance. Similarly, Kothamangalam town is at around 90 kilometers distance from this national park.
Cochin International Airport and Madurai International Airport are the nearest airports to the National park at around 123 and 141 kilometers distance, respectively.
Kottayam railway station is the nearest railway station to the National park, at around 155 kilometers distance.
Toll free number of Kerala forest and wildlife department is 1 800 425 4733.
To sum up, Even though Mathikettan Shola National Park is one of the smallest national parks, it is rich in flora and fauna.
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