About Mukurthi National Park
Mukurthi National Park is located on the high altitudes of the Nilgiris, 40 kms from Udhagamandalam
It contains a viable population of Nigiri Tahr (Hamitrgus-hilocrius) because of which it was earlier known as the Nilgiri Tahr National Park.
Located on the high altitudes of the
Nilgiris, comprising rolling downs interspersed with temperate sholas, this
park is also a part of Nilgiri Bio-sphere Reserve (India's first International Biosphere).
Animlas at Mukurthi National Park
It contains a viable population on Nilgiri Tahr
(Hamitragus-hilocrius), Sambhar, Barking deer, Nilgiri marten and otter,
Jungle cat, Jackal etc. Apart from this, the park also houses endangered species like Indian elephant, Bengal Tiger, Nilgiri langur, Leopard, Bonnet macaque, Mouse Deer, Small Indian Civet, Wild dog, Black-naped Hare, Shrew, Malabar Spiny Dormouse and Soft-furred Rat and Bonhote's Mouse
Birds at Mukurthi National Park
Avifauna consists of hill birds viz laughing and
whistling thrushes, woodcock, wild pigeon and black eagle. Butter-flies with
Himalayan affinity like the Blue Admiral, Indian Red Admiral, Indian
Fritillary, Indian Cabbage white, Hedge blues and rainbow trouts can be also
Trekking & Fishing at Mukurthi National Park
Trekking routes exist from Parsan valley, portimund, pykara etc.
Trout fishing is recommended in the rivers and lakes of Mukurthi. Permission
from Asst. Director, Fisheries Department, Udhagai, must be obtained in
advance for fishing.
More Wildlife Sanctuaries of Tamilnadu:
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Guindy National Park
Indiara Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary
Vedanthangal Water Birds Sanctuary
Point Calimere Bird Sanctuary
Kunthakulam Bird Sanctuary
Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary