Western Ghats

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Older than the Himalaya mountains, the mountain chain of the Western Ghats represents geomorphic features of immense importance with unique biophysical and ecological processes. The site’s high montane forest ecosystems influence the Indian monsoon weather pattern. Moderating the tropical climate of the region, the site presents one of the best examples of the monsoon system on the planet. It also has an exceptionally high level of biological diversity and endemism and is recognized as one of the world’s eight ‘hottest hotspots’ of biological diversity. The forests of the site include some of the best representatives of non-equatorial tropical evergreen forests anywhere and are home to at least 325 globally threatened flora, fauna, bird, amphibian, reptile and fish species.

The  following 39 places are declared as World Heritage Sites:

  1. Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve
  2. Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
  3. Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  4. Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
  5. Kulathupuzha Range
  6. Palode Range
  7. Periyar Tiger Reserve
  8. Ranni Forest Division
  9. Konni Forest Division
  10. Achankovil Forest Division
  11. Srivilliputtur Wildlife Sanctuary
  12. Tirunelveli (North) Forest Division (part)
  13. Eravikulam National Park (and proposed extension)
  14. Grass Hills National Park
  15. Karian Shola National Park
  16. Karian Shola (part of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary)
  17. Mankulam Range
  18. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
  19. Mannavan Shola
  20. Silent Valley National Park
  21. New Amarambalam Reserved Forest
  22. Mukurthi National Park
  23. Kalikavu Range
  24. Attapadi Reserved Forest
  25. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
  26. Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
  27. Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
  28. Padinalknad Reserved Forest
  29. Kerti Reserved Forest
  30. Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
  31. Kudremukh National Park
  32. Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary
  33. Someshwara Reserved Forest
  34. Agumbe Reserved Forest
  35. Balahalli Reserved Forest
  36. Kaas Plateau
  37. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
  38. Chandoli National Park
  39. Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary

Year of Inscription: 2012

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Older than the Himalaya mountains, the mountain chain of the Western Ghats represents geomorphic features of immense importance with unique biophysical and ecological processes. The site’s high montane forest ecosystems influence the Indian monsoon weather pattern. Moderating the tropical climate of the region, the site presents one of the...

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Places to stay

  • Mullodi house- Satish's homestay
  • Doddamane where some episodes of Malgudi days was shot.
  • Kaivalyam, Munnar
  • KIOCL Guest House
  • Home
  • Shimoga Tower Lodge, Shimoga

Places to eat

  • Mullodi house - Satish's homestay
  • Rajatadri restaurant, not a lot of choice in Satara town
  • Kasturakka and families Doddamane We stayed there overnight. 2 breakfasts , lunch, dinner. Most delicious homely food.
  • Basant Bhavan, Munnar, T&U
  • Local food
  • Mukali ; Vithura ;
  • KIOCL Guest House
  • Home
  • Kollur & Shimoga

Travel dates

  • 05-06-2016
  • 06-10-2012
  • Agumbe
  • 2014-08-10
  • 2013-11-23
  • 2014-08-01
  • September
  • 2006-06-01
  • 2013-07-01
  • 2012-04-01

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South Western Ghats Moist Forests and Western Ghats Rivers are categorized as 'Critically Endangered' by WWF under the 200 priority Eco regions in the world. The Western Ghats is one among world’s 8 hottest biodiversity hotspots. The Silent Valley National Park in Kerala, which forms part of the Western Ghats, is one among the last tracts of virgin tropical evergreen forest in India.

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