Looking out over Mukurthi National Park
Nestled into the higher reaches of the Nilgiri Mountains of southern India, Mukurthi National Park is a part of the country’s first biosphere reserve, and one of the constituent sites of the World Heritage listed Western Ghats mountain ranges. The unusual mix of tropical latitude and alpine altitude lends the region a distinctive and rugged beauty, best characterised by rolling montane grasslands and rain-soaked forests that are battered by near-freezing temperatures and gale-force winds. The core of the park is out of bound for tourists, making it a much needed refuge for several threatened species such as the Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian elephant, and the prized Nilgiri Tahr. Casual visitors, however, will still be mighty impressed from the views along the park’s peripheries.