VALPARAI- The Quintessential Rainforest
A photo essay of the beautiful landscapes, forest, birds and animals of Valparai.
Rainforest canopy of Valparai
Aliyar Dam view from the Ghats
Parambikulam Reservoir view from one of the Tea Estates
Tea Plantation with fragmented forests
Stream at Neerar
A typical early morning scene at Valparai
View of Grasshills
Mist covering the plantations
Probably the most common bird calls that anyone can recognize is that of the Malabar Whistling Thrush’s (Myophonus horsfieldii). Colloquially called the Whistling School Boy, these are found through out Valparai.
Great Pied Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) a large bird with a fascinating character.
Malabar Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus) a Western Ghat endemic is also found in good numbers in Valparai. With it’s distinctive chuckling calls its easy to identify them.
Great Pied Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) Male
Nilgiri Langur (Trachypithecus johnii) is a Western Ghat endemic and shares the rainforest canopies with the Lion Tailed Macaques. Unlike the LTMs, these monkeys purely survive on Leaves.
Lion Tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus), another primate endemic to the Western Ghats. The last 3500-400 individuals roam in Valparai and in fragmented rainforest in Karnataka. A few are also found in the South Eastern part of Western Ghats in Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary.
Lion Tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus)
Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius). The State animal of Tamilnadu and Endemic to the Southern Western Ghats.
Elephants in the Tea Plantations
Lion Tailed Macaque on the forest floor
Elephants in the Tea Plantation
Nilgiri Tahr on the rocky walls of Valparai
Nilgiri Tahr with its young resting in the shade.
Sambar Deer (Rusa Unicolor) watching a pack of Dholes (Cuon Alpinus)
Dhole (Cuon Alpinus)
Dholes or Asiatic Wild Dogs are top notch predators. Using their small size to their advantage they navigate between the tea plantation in search of prey.
Elliot’s Shieldtail a non-venomous snake.