MUKKURTHI NATIONAL PARK
Located on the high altitudes of the Nilgiris,
comprising rolling downs interspersed with
temperature sholas, this Park of Nilgiri
Bio-sphere reserve is situated 40kms. From
Udhagamandalam. It contains a viable population
of Nilgiri Thar (Hamitragus - Hilocrius), Sambar,
Barking Deer, Nilgiri marten and otter jungle
cat, jackal, etc. Avifauna consists of hill
birds viz. Laughing and whistling thrushes,
woodcock, wild pigeon and black eagle
butterflies with Himalayan affinity like the
Blue Admiral, Indian Red Admiral, Indian
Fritillary Indian Cabbage white, Hedge blues and
rainbow trouts can also be seen.
Trekking routes exist from parson Valley, Pykara
etc. Trout fishing is recommended in the rivers
and lakes of Mukurthis, Permission from Asst.
Director, Fisheries Department, Udhagai, must be
obtained in advance for fishing.