Mukurthi National Park Ooty Entry Fee
- 15 per person for Adults
- 10 per person for Children (Age 5 to 12 years)
- 2 per person for Students
- 25 for Still Camera
- 150 for Video Camera
*No entry fee for children below 5 yrs of age
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Mukurthi National Park Ooty Address: Pykara, O' Valley, Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu, 643237, India
The Mukurthi National Park spread over an area of about 80 square kilometers can be entered in four ways. The Ooty-Gudalur-Mysore route being the most accessible. The vegetation, climate and appearance of the Park bear a striking resemblance to that of the Himalayas minus the snow. The park is part of the Nilgiri Bio Reserve which is Indiaâs first Bio Reserve. The climate is extremely cold and the rainfall is always on the heavy side, whenever it happens. The visibility decreases as the monsoon progresses and is the minimum with the onset of winter. There are many rivers and streams running through the park and they are often frequented by the different species of fauna that inhabits the jungle.
There are also a few watch towers built by the Forest Department exclusively for researchers and bird watchers. The vegetation mainly consists of rhododendron, raspberries and black berries, otherwise seen commonly in the Himalayas. Intermittently you find fields of lush green grass in the valleys. Being a part of the Western Ghats, the jungle is heavy with a wide range of animals, birds, reptiles and even more insects. The most common among them are the Barking deer, Indian Elephant, the jungle cat, wild dogs, panther, Indian leopard, the Jackal, the list is endless. Among the birds, you find eagles, vultures many exotic parrots and also migratory birds. The Mukurthi Park is famous for the Nilgiri Tahr, which is supposedly found only in the forests of these regions. Having said all this it is more than clear that the place is a paradise for true lovers of nature.
If you are in for some trekking in the peaks be sure to go in the proper gear. The treks range from medium to high difficulty. The forests were fabled for the secret routes that connect Mysore and the Malabar. These routes where used for smuggling goods like cannabis, sandal wood, salt etc. Hopefully they are closed now. With a considerable population of tigers and leopards, there is heavy poaching going on in these areas. Governments of all the bordering states are taking several measures to contain this menace and to a large extend, though occasionally we hear news of carcasses of elephants and tigers in the areas. If this is not stopped completely, then all that will be left of these animals for the coming generations would be fur coats, ivory show pieces and pictures of how the animals look in the wild.
Along with poaching deforestation is also a source of grave concern. Though the previously deforested areas are being restored by periodic planting of trees, it would take hundreds perhaps even thousands of years to be actually a part of the ecological system. The jungle and forests that we see are not just an unruly collection of greenery infested by different species of flora and fauna. It is an ecological system which like any system has a balance. Disturb it beyond its tipping point and the system will revolt. Once disturbed, it is very difficult to regain the balance. Protection is the only way forward, though restoration of the lost is highly appreciable.