Mukurthi National Park near to the Otty Hill station, is part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the first International Biosphere Reserve in India.
Mukurthi National Park is spread over an area of 78.46 square kilometers on the western side of the Nilgiris Plateau. The park is also a part of Western Ghats mountains. The park was created to protect Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species of animal. This National park was hence called Nilgiri Tahr National Park. Royal Bengal tiger and Asian elephants are also seen here.
Mukurthi National Park allows trekking in the prescribed routes. Bangitapal – Sispara is 16 kilometers long trekking route; Bangitapal –Sispara-Poochiparai- Silent Valley is a longer trekking route of 52 kilometers. Devabetta – Mukkurthi Peak is 12 kilometers and Fishinghut (halt) is at 8 kilometers on this route. Kolarikutta – Bangitapal is a 20 kilometers trekkign route with halt there. Western Catchment – Bangitapal is 14 kilometers, while Trekking Shed – Kangerkundi – Nadugani is 18 kilometers long trekking route.
How Do I Go To Mukurthi National Park?
Mukurthi National Park is accessible from 4 different routes. All these areas are near to Otty hill station. The area after the Upper Bhavani Dam is one approach point. Porthimund Dam after Pykara is another entry point to the National Park. The third entry is from T.R.Bazaar near Mudimund. The second and third approach roads are from Ooty – Gudalur – Mysore Road. The fourth entry point is from Parsonsvalley road.
Coimbatore City is the nearest major city with a major railway station and a small international airport. Mettupalayam is the nearest broad gauge railway station, with very few trains to other parts of the country. Nilgiri Mountain Railway services, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are available from Mettupalayam to Ooty alias