Kodaikanal Forest Division

Kodaikanal, sited in Dindugal Anna district of Tamil Nadu, is a tourist's haven abounding in lofty hills, rolling valleys and cascading waterfalls.

The Kodaikanal Forest Division is responsible for ensuring that an adequate portion of the area is covered by forests.

Nearly 407 sq. km area falls under the jurisdiction of the Kodaikanal Forest Division. The region has been accorded the status of Territorial Forest Division. The region is subject to heavy rainfall that varies between 1000 mm to 4000 mm and that is responsible for the lush foliage that envelops the landscape. The topography of the terrains that fall under the Kodaikanal Forest Division is depicted by continuous stretches of hills and valleys, dotted with a variety of flora.

The forests of Periyakulam, Kodaikanal and Bodinayakkanur towns are maintained by the Kodaikanal Forest Division. The administration of the renowned Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, famed for its elephant herds is also spearheaded by the same.

The vegetation comprises mainly of dry, deciduous type forests and Montane-shola grasslands. The forest division also generates a sufficient amount of revenue that contributes to the town's economy.

Several industries that require wood and wattle bark as raw materials obtain their ingredients from these forests.

It is also interesting to note that the forest officials are diligent in their work and have undertaken stringent measures to ensure that no stray incidents of poaching take place.

The primary activities on the agenda of the Kodaikanal Forest Division is to adopt measures that will help in preventing forest fires and conservation of the forests and also monitor the movement patterns of the elephant herds that arrive from the Munnar forests.

Last Updated on : 05 May 2011