Saturday, 28 July 2012

1342 IN - Western Ghats (2012)

Brief Description

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, it presents one of the best examples of the monsoon system in the planet. The site also has an exceptionally high level of biological diversity and endemism. It 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.

Source UNESCO WH website

Total 39 subsites
    Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve
    Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
    Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
    Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
    Kulathupuzha Range
    Palode Range
    Periyar Tiger Reserve
    Ranni Forest Division
    Konni Forest Division
    Achankovil Forest Division
    Srivilliputtur Wildlife Sanctuary
    Tirunelveli (North) Forest Division (part)
    Eravikulam National Park (and proposed extension)
    Grass Hills National Park
    Karian Shola National Park
    Karian Shola (part of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary)
    Mankulam Range
    Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
    Mannavan Shola
    Silent Valley National Park
    New Amarambalam Reserved Forest
    Mukurti National Park
    Kalikavu Range
    Attapadi Reserved Forest
    Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
    Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
    Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
    Padinalknad Reserved Forest
    Kerti Reserved Forest
    Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
    Kudremukh National Park
    Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary
    Someshwara Reserved Forest
    Agumbe Reserved Forest
    Balahalli Reserved Forest
    File:Kas Plateau
    Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
    Chandoli National Park
    Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary
 Courtesy of nagi from India
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Tea plantation with the view of Eravikulam National Park

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