The Shola forest covers most of the area in the Palani Hills. The forested area is rich in the growth of variegated species of animals and plants. The flora and fauna of the region comprise of orchids, loya, the grizzled giant squirrel and the Nilgiri tahr.
The richness of flora and fauna in the forest area is caused due to the heavy rainfall that drains the Palani Hills near Kodaikanal. Some of the perennial rivers and rivulets originate in the forest regions of Palani Hills.
The Palani Hills is divided into the Lower Palani Hills and the Upper Palani Hills. The lower Palani rises to an altitude of 800 - 1500 meters while the upper Palani Hills rise to an altitude of 1800 - 2500 meters.
The hill town of Kodaikanal is nestled in the heart of the hills. An excursion of the Kodaikanal - Palani Hills reveal the virgin beauty of the region.
Last Updated on : 05 May 2011