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Agasthyamalai Hills

Agasthyamalai Hills

The Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve (ABR), lying on the southernmost side of the Western Ghats was founded in 2001 is sprawled over an area of 3,500.36 sq km and a part of which around 1828 km² is in Kerala and 1672.36 km² is in Tamil Nadu.

The Agasthyamalai Range stretches from Mahendragiri near Kanyakumari in the extreme south to the Ariyankavu Pass near Shenkottai. The Agasthyamalai Range also touches Tamil Nadu, which is situated on the south of the Kerala border.

Agasthyamalai Range is tagged as the only part of the Western Ghats which has touched the state of Tamil Nadu. Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve stands astride the borders of Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram Districts in Kerala and Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari Districts in Tamil Nadu, at the southern end of the Western Ghats.

It is comprised of Neyyar, Peppara and Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuaries and their bordering areas of Achencoil, Thenmala, Konni, Punalur, Thiruvananthapuram Divisions and Agasthyavanam Special Division in Kerala. The reserve also envelops the parts of Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari Districts in Tamil Nadu and Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta Districts in Kerala.

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