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Ecology & Culture of Nilgiris: A field Excursion

Trek to see the elusive Kurunji in blossom

One Earth Foundation recently conducted a 5 days field excursion for senior students from a leading school in Chennai.  40 enthusiastic students were accompanied by 4 dedicated teachers.  This was an exploratory trip to understand the ecological and cultural significance and wealth of the Blue Mountains.  Extensive field trips and some classroom interactions covered the following areas:

  • Biosphere reserves & their significance
  • Biodiversity Hotspots & conservation challenges
  • Tribal India and Tribal Communities of Nilgirs
  • The Kurumbas of Nilgiris
  • The Todas and their customs
  • Native species vs invasive threats
  • biodiversity conservation:  Need for action
  • World Heritage sites & Nilgiris geology
  • Wetlands & their significance

Here are some images from the field excursion

Trek to Semkarai: A Kurumbas Village

An informal interaction with tribal men

Accompanying teachers at Muthere

Taking shelter from rain in a Kurumbas hut

Wetlands of Nilgiris

Soccer at a Toda Tribal Hamlet

Giant Malabar Squirrel sighted during a trek

World Heritage Site: The Nilgiris Mountain Railways

Doddabetta Peak: highest peak in Nilgiris

At a Toda Hamlet

View from Doddabetta


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, please contact

Raminder Chowdhary

1 Comment to “Ecology & Culture of Nilgiris: A field Excursion”

  1. Raminder, Great stuff. My daughter was over the moon. She particularly mentioned your regular evening debriefings. Keep up the good work.

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