Amongst the Sholas

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The Sholas are a mosaic of stunted tropical montane evergreen forests and grasslands. Here’s a typical shola land, the Avalanche Sanctuary in the Nilgiris:

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An interesting fact: every shola, no matter how small it is, gives birth to springs and many rivers of South India originate in the sholas: Tunga Bhadra, Nethravathi, Cauvery…ooty 104

The word Shola comes from Tamil ‘sholai’ which means thicket, cold place.

ooty 017Related post: The Ombre Nilgiris.

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