“Just look into Nature and then, you will understand everything better,” said Albert Einstein.
If the sight of nature and woods fascinates you then exploring the Tropical Forests in India will be an experience for you. The Tropical Forests in India as the term suggests are the forest areas receiving a high (more than 200cm) regular rainfall, where there are no more than two months of low rainfall.
The best part about forests is that you can visit them any time during the year, every season comes with its pros and cons, and if you are an adventure-nature enthusiast, you will seek for the most of these natural forests. The weeks after the rains will introduce you to the dense greenery and possibilities of sighting rare birds of the forest with wet and slippery surfaces, the dry weather will open opportunities for adventurers and hikers with the Sun glaring on top.
Some of the Indian states have plenty of landmasses covered with Tropical forests; the three major belts are found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the other begins from eastern states of West-Bengal to Assam, Meghalaya and beyond, and in the western coastal states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala.
- The Tropical Forests of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are mostly covered with Tropical Rainforests, approximately 84% of its total area, with a plethora of different flora and fauna. Out of more than 2000 recorded plants there, 200 are endemic. The forests with the pristine beaches and Historical architecture will make for a perfect holiday destination for you.
- The Tropical Forests of the East: The Eastern Tropical forests are widely spread in the states of Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. At some parts, you will also find the evergreen forests and many reserved forests. The beauty of the East is still unexplored by many. These forests are also home to many wild animals like Bengal tiger, Asian Elephant, and other species.
- The Tropical Forest at South Western Ghats: The Southern states of India like Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu are replete with Forests and reserved sanctuaries, most of the rich flora and fauna found here is endemic to this place, whereas, the southern terrain including the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu is wetter in contrast to its dry northern counterparts.
The Tropical Forests in India is one of the greatest resources we have, but their depletion rates over the years have tremendously increased because of the growing human population, natural calamities and lack of awareness. We must take immediate steps to spread awareness and plant more trees to maintain the lost balance. The quote by Former American President Theodore Roosevelt says it all:
“A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral”.