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Crocodile Park

Rom and Zai Whitaker established the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust in 1976 with a specific goal of breeding the crocodile population of the Mugger .

Guindy National Park

The 2.70 km� CHENNAI - Guindy National Park, is unique in more ways than one.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary
Vedanthangal Lake is at an altitude of 122 m. This Bird Sanctuary established in 1858 in an area of 70 acres, is 85 kms from Chennai
Gulf Of Manner Marine National Park
This Marine park of Mannar spreads along 560 Km stretch between Rameswaram and Tuticorin. It is lying within the Bio Sphere of Mannar
Mukkurthi National Park
Short 45 Kms drive from Udhagamandalam, martenspread over an area 79 km on the south eastern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau.

Mukkurthi National Park

Mukurthi Peak and Mukurthi National Park : Short 45 Kms drive from Udhagamandalam, martenspread over an area 79 km on the south eastern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau. The Silent valley is located on the western side of this range of mountain. This park is approachable through four different routes : 1] Via Avalanchi , upper Bhavani and sanctuary begins from the dam, 2] Via Anumapuram 24 kms from Ooty near Pykara and then via Porthimund Dam to the park 3] Via T.R.Bazar and through the Terrace Estate Road, and reach Mudimund to proceed to the National park and 4] Via Parsons Valley road that leads to Western Catchment II and III. Nilgiri Tahr [earlier called as ibex or Nilgiri ibex] is found in reasonably large numbers here. This peak is compared to the peaks of Himalayan ranges in terms of the presence of Flora and Fauna unique to a geographical location of Himalayas .

The entire National Park bears naturally typical high altitude vegetation like rolling grassy downs, interspersed with temperate sholas occupying slopes and valleys. The landscape is extremely picturesque and should be zealously protected and preserved to maintain the primeval beauty and grandeur of the tract. Because of its Tough Terrain and difficult accessibility , biotic interference is limited. Trekking or Driving is possible only on permitted routes.


Other Information

Location It is located in the high altitudes of the Nilgiris Mountains. The landscape is extremely picturesque. This forms a part of the Nilgiris biosphere reserve.  From Udhagamandalam there are four different entry points to reach this sanctuary.
Area     7846 ha. of reserved forests, the entire area has been declared a National Park  
Forest type Primarily grassland, characteristically interspersed with  numerous isolated, compact, sharply defined wet temperate mixed forests locally termed �sholas� with beautiful  brooks cutting through the mountains.  
Animals found   Nilgiris tahr, Sambhar, Barking deer, Nilgiris marten, Otter, Jungle Cat, Jackal etc.  Avifauna consists mostly of varieties of hill birds like the laughing thrushes, whistling thrushes, woodcock, wood pigeon and black eagle may also be seen.  Butterflies with  Himalayan affinity like the Blue Admiral, Indian Red Admiral,   Indian Cabbage white, and many others can be found here.  
Altitude and Annual rainfall   Average elevation is around 2400 mts. Precipitation about 1300 mm.
Nearest airport Coimbatore � 140 kms.
Nearest Railway station Udhagamandalam � 45kms.
Best season February to May, September to November
Accommodation Forest Rest House at Avalanche, Pykara and trekking sheds.
Other facilities   Mainly for the tourist interested in adventure, trek routes have been formed for trekking and camping.    
For more details The Wildlife Warden, Mahalingam buildings, Coonoor Road, Udhagamandalam � 643 001.