Community action, Ecological Action in Nilgiris, Field training

On the Trails of The Blue Mountains – exploring the various ecological & cultural facets of Nilgiris

Wetlands Trek & Study

One Earth Foundation and students from a leading school from Delhi (NCR) recently completed an exciting and challenging 5 day study tour covering various cultural heritage aspects and ecologically sensitive areas of the breathtaking Blue Mountains in South India.   A small group of students from grades 7th till 11th accompanied by 2 very passionate senior teachers, were keen & restless learners and eagerly participated in the varied activities and study modules organized by One Earth Foundation. This was the first group of students to visit us in The Nilgiris since the declaration of the Western Ghats as a World Heritage Site and the excitement was visible among all who participated. Some of the key areas of study conducted largely in the field were:

Wetlands & their significance
Biodiversity Hotspots & Reserves and their significance in conservation
The Western Ghats & Nilgiris:  Ecologically sensitive areas
Tea plantations & local economy
The Kurumbas and their art
The Todas: history, culture and livelihood challenges

Sholas & Grasslands of Upper Nilgiris

A Toda hamlet

Toda ladies in traditional shawls

Study group: From tea leaf to the cup

Wetlands study trek

At the Sullivan Memorial

With young friends in a Kurumbas village

The Ecology of Nilgiris

A thumbs up for the students, their accompanying teachers, the school management and most of all the parents who sent their kids to the very distant Nilgiris.  We hope to see you back in The Nilgiris soon!!

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

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