25 Incredible Images: Kerala’s Flora and Fauna
Kerala, the mystic land lying between the Western Ghats and Arabian Sea, is abundant in its rich variety of Flora and Fauna. Almost 24% of Kerala land area is forest. It includes tropical wet evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, tropical moist and dry deciduous forests and temperate (shola) forests.
More than 1000 species of trees, 4,000 species of flowering plants, 900 species of medicinal plants; can be found in Kerala forests.
Kerala’s Fauna is also rich and diverse with more than 100 species of mammals, 476 species of birds, 202 species of freshwater fishes, 169 species of reptiles and 89 species of amphibians.
In this post I have tried to showcase wide variety of Flora and Fauna that makes Kerala unique. So here are 25 incredible Flora and Fauna images.
1. Nelliyampathy Forest Range
2. Deers at Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
3. Tiger at Periyar Tiger Reserve
4. Crocodile at Neyyar
5. Neela Kurungi Flowers in Bloom at Munnar
6. Tea Gardens, Munnar
7. Nilgiri Tahr at Munnar
9. Grasslands at Chembra Peak, Wayanad
10. Southern Birdwing Butterfly at Chimmini Wildlife
12. Coconut Trees
14. Peacock found in Tropical Kerala Forest
15. Elephant at Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
16. Hornbill at Nelliyampathy
17. Kani Konna
18. Bisons at Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
19. Malabar Flying Squirrel at Gavi
20. Monkey at Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
21. Paddy Field in Alappuzha
22. Spice Plantation (Pepper) – Image by Pandiyan V via Flickr
23. Wild Coffee – Image by Lian Chang via Flickr
25. Coconut Trees Leaning into the Backwaters
Hope you enjoyed this picture tour portraying Kerala’s Flora and Fauna. Kerala is indeed breathtaking with its various facets and what it has to offer to the tourists who come to explore Kerala.
Do contact your tour operator to know more about the wildlife pertaining to your chosen destinations. And do share your experience while visiting. We love to hear from you.
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Nice Article and beautiful pictures..
Glad you liked these images.. Sonali! Thank you!
Nice selection of Pics….
Great post… Beautiful places with lovely pics.
Kerala is indeed rich in flora – it is an estimated to have between 4694 to 5094 of higher order vascular plants (angiosperms) belonging to between 1488 to 1537 genera and to between 188 to 221 flowering plant families compared to Sri Lanka which has an estimated 3771 to 4143 species of higher order vascular plants (angiosperms) belonging to between 1369 to 1522 genera and to between 180 to 214 flowering plant families. Compare the size of the two places geographically – 38863 sq km for Kerala compared to 65610 sq km for Sri Lanka.
Total flora of Kerala 10735 species out of 44514 species for India (24.1 %) in an area comprising less than 1.2 % of India’s land area of 3287570 sq km.
Total flora of Sri Lanka 8384 species (18.8 %) compared to India’s total flora; Sri Lanka is less than 2% of India’s land area.
Nice selection of Pics….AND I LOVE IT…
Thank you, Adniy!
wonderful blogs.. Thanks for sharing the post..
I just wanted to make a correction…Kerala has an estimated 4694 to 5094 of higher order vascular plants (angiosperms) belonging to between 1418 (not 1488 as previously posted) to 1537 genera and belonging to between 188 to 221 flowering plant families compared to Sri Lanka which has an estimated 3771 to 4143 species of higher order vascular plants (angiosperms) belonging to between 1369 to 1522 genera and belonging to between 180 to 214 flowering plant families.
Mani Abraham Kurien
Thank you Mani for the correction.
Most definitely…as a Malayalee born and raised in the United States, I have a great love and appreciation for my Indian (Kerala) heritage. I have come to appreciate it more as I learned more about it over the years.
Thank you, it was helpful for the assignment in my school