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Ebbanad Forest & Sigur Ghats: An ecological trek

The Sigur Ghats

One Earth Foundation organized a challenging and exciting trek in the Ebbanad forest and Sigur ghats region of Nilgiris for visiting students from Bangalore.  The native land cover of Upper Nilgiris was Shola forests and grasslands.   Over the past 150 years, we have lost over 80% of these native eco-systems.  Rising  immigrant population, conversion of land to tea plantation, introduction of Acacia and Eucalyptus plantations under the British have all taken their toll on the native forest and grasslands.  In several areas the abandoned acacia forests are slowly destroying the nearby shola rain forests.  Our trek was to highlight the impact of invasive species on native land cover systems and also to see how tribal communities live in harmony with nature and surrounding forests.

The students were full of enthusiasm as we started the day by driving to the village of Koranur.  The plan was to walk up to a Toda Mund and then to the last ranges of hills that form the Sigur Ghats.  The trek passes through native forests and also several plantations that clearly highlights the impact of invasive species on local eco-systems.  Hence, we like to call this an ecological trek:  highlighting the ecological threats to the ecologically sensitive Nilgiris.

Our students with Raminder Chowdhary, Kutan (A Toda environmentalist) and Mrs Dutt

The forest path

A steep descent

Mrs Dutt & Mr Prashant outside a Toda hut

Mrs Triveni & Mrs Dutt with an elderly Toda lady inside a hut

Yje Sigur Ghats region

The view of Sigur Ghats


One Earth Foundation works towards the conservation and preservation of the immense natural and cultural wealth of the Nilgiris region in South India.  For additional information about our inspiring and challenging field trips for students, please contact

Raminder Chowdhary

2 Comments to “Ebbanad Forest & Sigur Ghats: An ecological trek”

  1. Do you have a project in Kodaikanal?

  2. My Dear Raminder:
    So very happy to see the photographs of the Ecological trip that you had organized for the students group from Bangalore.

    Well done friend, and good to see the momentum picking up . You are
    doing a great job as a group I can see. Keep it up. I am eager to see all this. My very best Wishes. Best Regards

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