Nallamala forest is witnessing frequent forest fires due to rising temperatures, where the day temperature is almost touching 40 degrees Celsius.
About Nallamala Forest –
- It is one of the largest stretches of undisturbed forest in South India, apart from the Western Ghats.
- Location —
- It is spread over five districts in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
- It is located in Nallamala Hills, which is a part of the Eastern Ghats.
- It lies south of the Krishna river.
- The forest has a good tiger population, and a part of the forest belongs to the Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve, the largest tiger reserve in the country.
- Climate –
- It has a warm to hot climate throughout the year, with summer especially hot and winters mostly cool and dry.
- It gets most of its rain during the South West monsoon.
- Vegetation — Tropical dry deciduous.
- Flora — It harbors endemic species like Andrographis nallamalayana, Eriolaena lushingtonii, Crotalaria madurensis var, Dicliptera beddomei and premna hamitonii.
- Fauna — It is home to as many as 700 species of animals besides tigers, leopards, such as black buck, wild hog, peacock, pangolin, Indian Python and King Cobras and several rare bird species.