Location It is located on the high altitudes of the Nilgiris, comprising rolling downs interspersed with temperate sholas in depressions. The landscape is extremely pictruesque and a seat of endemism in its relationship with Himalayan flora and fauna. This forms part of the Nilgiris biosphere reserve. From Udhagamandalam there are four different entry points for reaching the sanctuary.
Area 7846 ha. of reserved forests, the entire area of which has been declared as a National Park.
Forest type Primarily grassland, characteristically interspersed with numerous isolated, compact, sharply defined montane wet temperate mixed forests locally termed ‘Sholas’, with beautiful brooks.
Animals found Nilgiris tahr, sambar, barking deer, Nilgiri marten, otter, jungle Cat, jackal etc. Avifauna consists mostly of hill birds among which laughing thrushes, whistling, thrushes, woodcock, wood pigeon and black eagle may be noticed. Butterflies with Himalayan affinity like the Blue Admiral, Indian Red Admiral, Indian Fritillary, Indian Cabbage white, Hedge blues and Rainbow trouts.
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 formed for trekking and camping.
For greater details This Wildlife Warden, Mahalingam buildings, Coonoor Road, Udhagamandalam – 643 001.