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Sacred Groves in Tamil Nadu

Sacred grove at Keelvettai Sacred grove at Sembulipuram

C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre took up a survey of Sacred Groves in Tamilnadu in April 1997. The study was conducted to:

  • Precisely locate and map the groves and to prepare an inventory.
  • Demarcate the sacred groves based on the availability of endemic and threatened plants.
  • Suggest measures for the preservation and effective management of the threatened groves.
  • Study the socio-economic and cultural importance of the groves.

448 groves were documented throughout Tamilnadu, out of which 6 groves (Benagudi Shola, Sittannavasal, Puthupet, Udaiyankudikadu, Tirukurungudi and Devadanam) were taken up for detailed floristic and faunistic studies.

District-wise distribution of Sacred Grove in Tamil Nadu

Sl.No.Name of DistrictNo. of Sacred GrovesArea (hectares)
1Coimbatore9197.63
2Cuddalore3149.8
3Dharmapuri324504.71
4Dindigul51064.79
5Erode216248.97
6Kanchipuram49.49
7Kanyakumari3755.209
8Karur815.77
9Madurai450.76
10Nagapattinam1121.48
11Namakkal20157.59
12Nilgiris322100.93
13Perambalur63131.11
14Pudukkottai27110.2
15Ramanathapuram1722.87
16Salem24714.47
17Sivaganga548.88
18Thanjavur55.9
19Theni13399.21
20Thoothukudi542.7
21Tiruchirappalli3361.18
22Tirunelveli12709.63
23Tiruvallur31.1
24Tiruvannamalai471843.55
25Tiruvarur32.23
26Vellore161918.37
27Viluppuram3455
28Virudhunagar6556.58

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu

List of Sacred Groves in Tamil Nadu

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