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Mukurthi National Park, Ooty


Mukurthi National Park is situated in the western side of the Nilgiris Plateau. The park falls on the west of the Ooty Hill Station and is part of the Western Ghats. The main reason behind establishing a national park in the place was to protect the Nilgiri Tahr which is a Keystone species.

This national park also has the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is part of the Western Ghats. Mukurthi National Park is elevated at some points, and these elevations vary between 4,900 ft and 8,625 ft.

The famous peaks in the park are the Kollaribetta peak, the Mukurthi peak and the Nilgiri peak. These three are the highest peaks in the park. Their heights are way above the mark that is kept for plateaus. The specialty of the peaks is that they have cliffs made from granite rocks.

If you are taking a leisurely walk in the national park, then you cannot miss the Mukurthi Dam that has been built on the base of the hills. This dam was constructed as a sub-section to the Pykara hydro electricity project near the village of Glenmorgan.

Mukurthi National Park Photos