It is a 1282 hectare of land located in the Pooppara Village of the Udumbanchola, in the Idukki District of the Kerala State. Established as a notified National Park in the year 2003, the Mathikettan Shola National Park is totally in control of the Forest Department. The region within the National Park has always been known as a Cardamom Hill Reserve and was also earlier declared as a Reserve Forest by the Travancore Government way back in the year 1897.
Tracts and farms within the Park were however given from time to time on lease to traders and farmers for the cultivation of cardamom which forms an essential spice and an important ingredient of the Indian cuisine. Another important feature relating to the Mathikettan Shola National Park is that being a part of the Elephant Corridor, it falls within the natural annual cyclic migratory route of this mighty animal within the region. This area has always been noted for the geographical and ecological wealth, and the unique and important role it plays for sustaining and preserving the various species of fauna and flora which dwell within its eco-systems.
In order to protect this bio-diversity and wildlife, which had over time come under severe threat as large-scale take-over of forests by land sharks were reported, that prompted the establishment to finally declare these as protected area within the Mathikettan Shola National Park. Visitors would however need to travel through Pooppara from Munnar on the Munnar-Kumily Highway to get here. They can also reach Pooppara on the other Idukki route via Kothamangalam. Madurai Airport and the Kochi International Airport are the closest air-routes which will bring you here. Kottayam is the closest Railway Station, and one could easily get on the road from there.