Mathikettan Shola National Park

Over the years, the numbers of National Park in India has gradually been increasing. By 1970, India had only 5 national parks. As of July 2017 there were 103 national parks across the nation and the number seems to be still growing. The most astonishing facts is that, National Parks comprises 1.23% of India’s total surface i.e. 40,500 sq km.  Out of the many such beautiful sanctuaries, one of the places which is surely worth a visit is Mathikettan Shola National Park. A National park is an area, whether within a sanctuary or not, that can be notified by the state government to be constituted as a National Park, by reason of its ecological, faunal, floral, geomorphological, or zoological association or importance, needed to for the purpose of protecting & propagating or developing wildlife therein or its environment. No human activity is permitted inside the national park except for the ones permitted by the Chief Wildlife Warden of the state. Mathikettan Shola National Park is one of those places which not only provides tourists with a date with heavenly nature but also provide opportunity to carry out various refreshing activities to make the trip memorable. Mathikettan Shola National Park is a 12.2 sq km national park in Poopara village of Udumbanchola taluk in Idukki district of Kerala. Although the region was declared as a Reserve Woodland by the Travencore Government in 1897, it was not declared as a National Park up and until 2003. Mathikettan Shola National Park is cuddled up in between two huge forest reserves, Eravikulam National Park and Pampadum shoal national park making it a true matures paradise. If you are a person who loves tough challenges and who loves to get lost in the wilderness of nature then Mathikettan Shola National Park is a match made in heaven for you. Mathikettan is derived from a Tamil Word which means Confuse. It is said that people always lose their way inside the national park. The roads inside are so confusing that sometimes it becomes challenging to keep a track of your own moments. But as all of them say, its completely worth it. Surged terrains with hills of altering heights which is covered in mists throughout the day gives the place a charming presence. The activity which pulls most of the tourists towards this place is its Rainforest Trekking. Mathikettan Shola National Park has plush green rain forest which provides trekkers a golden opportunity to experience nature from a close proximity. Many companies offer trekking tour packages to Mathikettan Shola National Park. It’s economic and worth every penny you pay. One can walk up and down the beautiful terrains; feel the artistry of the creator himself through gorgeous plantations, come in touch with the diversity of the plants, animals and also a wide variety of flora and fauna which includes Malabar Giant Squirrel, gaur, sambhar and elephants. Mathikettan Shola National Park is closer to many other tourist attraction places like Munnar, Western Ghats, Kumarakom and Thekkady. The best time to visit Mathikettan Shola National Park is between the months of April to September. A very nominal entrance fee is charged to the tourists, Rs 40/- per person for Indian Citizen and Rs 500/- per person for Foreign Nationals. Connectivity will not be an issue for anyone who would want to visit Mathikettan Shola National Park. The national park is well connected to major cities in Kerala by Air, Rail and Road. Nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is 155km away and nearest railway station is Theni railway station which is roughly 55 km away. If you are looking to discover the undiscovered in your next trip, then Mathikettan Shola National Park is surely worth a try.

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