Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mahagony forest in Kerala

A visit to Kerala is never complete without a peek into the deep forests the State can still be proud off. Waiting nearly two hours to get permission to drive through the Illithod Mahagony Forest was forgotten once our vehicle entered this near pristine forest. Till recently, we were told, the access to the forest was unrestricted and the area was a favourite with plastic throwing tourists. The State forest department stepped in and went a step further. They managed a court stay on the Aquaduct which was being constructed on the banks, parallel to the River Periyar. The completeion of this canal would have meant no access for the animals to the river. For now the animals are happy!

candle flowers grow wild on the roadside

entrance to the mahagony forest

canopy of mahagony leaves

an enveloping tree trunk

Periyar River (300km long) flows through the dense forest floor.

strangler figs abound (thanks to abundant bird life)

the mahagony survives and grows, unstrangled!


workhard said...

The candle flowers are really beautiful and the mahagony trees are pretty big..

Work from home India

IndianWildlifeClub said...

Thank you for the comment.

Chitchat said...

Excellent write up, although I would personally love to hear more about the same. Enchanting pics, very refreshing.


lotusleaf said...

It is heartening to hear that the Forest Department of Kerala is doing something to conserve the rich wild life of the state. Beautiful pictures.

IndianWildlifeClub said...

Thank you chitchat and lotusleaf for the comments.

maría cecilia said...

Hello Susan, thank you very much for your interest in my blog.
I´m so happy to meet you, in this way I´ll be able to travel along with you. I always wanted to be in Kerala, but so far just know the south of India and Goa.
Muchos cariños
María Cecilia

IndianWildlifeClub said...

Thanks Maria. I liked the colourful pics on your blog !

Sujata said...

Dear Susan thanks for dropping by.
Your pictures are great. Incidentally my mom has left today for trip to Kerala. So it was all the more interesting reading about Kerala.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Wonderful place!

Rejina Prashanth said...

Its great, because i heard things about Kerala's Scenery, houseboats, so many things about Kerala . But i never knew that there is a Mahagony forest in Kerala.. the trees may be there for 200yrs i think, they are the treasure actually

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