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13 Biggest Forests in India That Teach Us About Biodiversity

India is renowned for its wildlife and biodiversity. Forests in India are rich with native populations of tigers and lions. India is just 2% of the world’s landmass but it is home to the world’s 8% of the biodiversity. Forests in India have certain plants that re nowhere available in other parts of the world. Indian Mangroves account for about 3% of the world’s entire mangrove vegetation. India, also, is home to some of the highest waterfalls.

India is known for having some of the biggest forests. Here are 13 biggest forests in India arranged in alphabetical order:

13 Biggest Forests in India

 

Abujmarh

Total Area: 3,900 km2

Located: Chhatisgarh

Some Useful Information: This forest is the residence of Naxalites. Hence, civilians aren’t allowed to visit.

Vegetation: Tribal people here cultivate a small-grained rice korsa and for the rest of the period survive by selling the rice along with forest products’ like the Tendu leaves.

Baikunthapur Forest

Total Area: 257 km2

Located: Dooars, West Bengal

Main Attraction: Gajoldoba barrage

How to reach: The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport which is 30 minutes away.

Staying Options: Hotel availability is good. The nearest hotel is 6.7 km away.

Best time to visit: From mid-November to January

Common Animals: Elephant population here is healthy and expanding.

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Bhavnagar Amreli Forest

Total Area: 1600 km2

Located: Amreli district, Gujrat

Main Attraction: Gir National Park

How to reach: The nearest airport is Keshod airport which is 70 km away.

Staying Options: Hotel availability is good. Nearest hotel is 17.3 km away.

Best time to visit: From December to March

Common Animals: Asiatic Lion

Bhitarkanika Mangroves

Total Area: 650 km2

Located: Odisha

Main Attraction: Bhitarkanika National Park

How to reach: The nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar airport which is 190 km away.

Staying Options: Hotel availability is good.

Best time to visit: From October to March

Common Animals: Saltwater crocodile, king cobra, Indian python, and water monitor.

Jakanari Reserve Forest

Located: Coimbatore

Main Attraction: Forest College and Research Institute

How to reach: The nearest airport is Coimbatore airport.

Staying Options: Hotel availability is good.

Best time to visit: From November to February

Kukrail Reserve Forest

Total Area: 5200 acres

Located: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Main Attraction: Alligator Nursery

How to reach: The nearest airport is Lucknow airport which is 20 km away.

Staying Options: Hotel availability is good.

Best time to visit: From October to March

Common Animals: Black Buck, deer, and gharial.

Molai Forest

Total Area: 1360 acres

Located: Jorhat, Assam

Main Attraction: Tigers

How to reach: The nearest airport is Jorhat airport which is 13.5 km away.

Staying Options: Hotel availability is good.

Best time to visit: Winter season

Common Animals: Rhinoceros and tigers

Nallamala Hills

Total Area: 430 km2

Located: Eastern Ghats, Andhra Pradesh

Main Attraction: Mahanadi Temple

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How to reach: A state highway and the Nallapadu-Nandyal line of the Guntur railway division pass through the hills.

Staying Options: Hotel availability is good.

Best time to visit: Winter season

Vegetation: Terminalia, Hardwickia, and Pterocarpus.

Nanmangalam Reserve Forest

Total Area: 320 hectares

Located: Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Main Attraction: Migratory birds

How to reach: The nearest railway station is Tambaram.

Staying Options: Hotel availability is good.

Best time to visit: November to February

Common animals: Reptiles and other mammals

Pichavaram Mangrove Forest

Total Area: 1100 hectares

Located: Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu

Main Attraction: Achalporam Shivaloka Temple

How to reach: The nearest railway station is Chidambaram.

Staying Options: Hotel availability is good.

Best time to visit: November to February

Common animals: Snipes, cormorants, egrets, storks, herons, spoonbills, and pelicans.

Saranda Forest

Total Area: 820 km2

Located: West Singhbhum district, Jharkhand

Main Attraction: Pundul Waterfall

How to reach: The nearest airport is Sonari airport.

Staying Options: Hotel availability is good.

Best time to visit: Winter season

Common animals: Wild elephants, sambar, chital, bison, tigers, and leopards.

Vandalur Reserve Forest

Total Area: 1265 acres

Located: Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Main Attraction: Arignar Anna Zoological Park

How to reach: The nearest airport is Chennai International airport.

Staying Options: Hotel availability is good.

Best time to visit: Winter season

Common animals: White tiger, lions, lion-tailed macaques, Nilgiri langur, and ostriches.

 

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve

Total Area: 578 km2

Located: Chandrapur district, Maharashtra

Main Attraction: Tadoba National Park

How to reach: The nearest airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International airport, Nagpur which is 140km away.

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Staying Options: Hotel availability is good.

Best time to visit: Winter season

Common animals: Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, sloth bears, gaur, nilgai, dhole, striped hyena, small Indian civet, jungle cats, sambar, barking deer, chital, chausingha and honey badger.

I feel that for your next vacation, you should definitely take a trip to any of these to know more about Indian forestry and its ecological importance. You’ll also get a fair about the idea of the people putting up there.

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