Mathikettan Shola National Park (MSNP)

Mathikettan area is a part of Cardamom Hill Reserve (CHR) notified in the Travancore Government Gazette dated the 24th August 1897, wherein the area was constituted as a Reserve Forest under section 18 of Regulation II of 1868. Considering the unique nature of the Shola forests in Mathikettan and its importance as an elephant corridor, the State Wildlife Advisory Board recommended to declare the area as a National Park and accordingly the Government of Kerala vide Order No. 50/2003/F&WLD dated 10th October 2003 notified the Mathikettan Shola National Park . The nearest towns are Munnar (38kms) and Nedumkandam (30kms). To reach the headquarters of the Park at Peythotti, one has to traverse a 4km tarred road from Santhampara which is situated on the Munnar-Kumily State highway. The nearest towns are Munnar (38kms) and Nedumkandam (30kms). To reach the headquarters of the Park at Peythotti, one has to traverse a 4km tarred road from Santhampara which is situated on the Munnar-Kumily State highway. . The Park represents the unique montane evergreen forest ecosystem. The Park assumes special significance as a ‘stepping stone’ for any future corridor connectivity between Periyar Tiger Reserve and Munnar Forest Division.