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Spruced up deer park draws tourists in Udhagamandalam

D.Radhakrishnan
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Created over two decades ago, the park extends over five acres

Enjoyable time: Tourists at the Deer Park near the Ooty Lake on Tuesday. - Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Enjoyable time: Tourists at the Deer Park near the Ooty Lake on Tuesday. - Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

With tourists looking for new places to photograph and videograph and the authorities looking for ways to relieve congestion in the main tourist spots like the Government Botanical Garden, the Government Rose Garden and the Ooty lake, the popularity of the Deer Park here has started growing.

Location

Located on the Western side of the Ooty Lake, the park, extending over about five acres came into being around two decades ago.

With the management of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) being entrusted a few years ago with the task of maintaining the park, it now wears a healthy look and plays a noteworthy role in promoting tourism.

Speaking to The Hindu on Wednesday, the Field Director, MTR, Rajiv K.Srivatsava, said that there are now 12 sambars and two barking deer.

Stating that it is kept open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., he said that it now attracts scores of tourists every day.

Vegetation

Apart from vegetation preferred by the animals, the park features trees belonging to the shola species. There is also a playing facility for children.

Open to visitors between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., the park attracts scores of tourists every day

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