Every national park offers a lot for a discerning traveller. Some parks however are much more than just sanctuaries and havens for the wildlife. They are stunning and spectacular destinations that offer an absolute treat in ways much more than one. Mukurthi National Park is one such place that will make you happy with its stunning array of flora and enticing fauna. Located in a tranquil setting in the Nilgiri plateau, Mukurthi National Park is one of the most visited national parks in Tamil Nadu.
Spread across an area of 78.46 sq.kms., the Mukurthi National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a part of the Western Ghats. The park was created with an intent to protect the Nilgiri Tahr, one of the keystone species found commonly in the Nilgiris and was previously known as the Nilgiri Tahr National Park. A part of the Nilgiri Biosphere, the Mukurthi National Park. The park preserves endangered species such as the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Asian Elephant, apart from the Nilgiri Tahr. Other species of animals include panthers, jungle cats, wild dogs, barking deers, leopards, jackals and so on. Then comes a variety of bird species including parrots, vultures, eagles and a host of migratory birds. The area is also affluent in a number of endemic plants. Alchemilla indica and Hedyotis verticillaris are species that are found only within or on the fringes of this park.
All these together make the park a destination that you will love to come back, over and over again.