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Ponmudi (the ‘golden peak’), is a part of the Western Ghats mountain ranges (altitude ~ 1000 m above MSL), with a mix of sprawling grasslands and evergreen forest patches, and Sholas grasslands, located in the eastern side of  Thiruvanathapuram – the southernmost district of Kerala state. The river Kallar ( the ‘stone river’) is famous for round-shaped boulders and pebbles, which originated from the Ponmudi Hills.

During the last decade, at least 31 new species of animals and plants (incl. fungus) have been exclusively discovered from Ponmudi hills. About 60 % of the total bird species of Kerala are found in this picturesque paradize, including the globally threatened (IUCN status: Vulnerable) broad-tailed grassbird (Schoenicola platyurus). Of the 16 species of birds endemic to the western Ghats, 15 are at Ponmudi. Of the 37 butterfly species endemic to the Ghats, 24 are found at this region. This hill area is also home to many species of reptiles and amphibians, including the highly endangered ‘Travancore tortoise’ (Indotestudo travancorica) . There are 5 flowering plant species that exclusively endemic to Ponmudi, viz. Dialium travancoricum, Julostylis polyandra, Thottea ponmudiana, Fuirena ponmudiensis, Sonerila ponmudiana.
grassnest-roundemblem-TKBC copyScreen-Shot-2012-06-21-at-10.16.58-PM  grassnest-roundemblem-800XSpread awareness in A l p h a  taxonomy: 

      S A V E  Taxonomy S A V E  Biodiversity 

Spread environmental awareness:

      S A V E  Environment  S A V E  Species

Spread awareness in E c o – s p i r i t u a l i t y

      C A R E  Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara

       means S E C U R E  Soul, Mind, Body

       through S A V E  Air, Water, Soil

Spread awareness in ‘Unity amidst Diversity’

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INDIA is ranked fourth in terms of Biodiversity richness (12th place among ‘mega diverse countries’) and Cultural diversity (17th place among ‘ethnic & cultural diverse countries’) together in the World and having vast Indigenous Knowledge systems.

The country was home to ‘Indus Valley Civilization’ (~7500 BCE to 1300 BCE), the oldest and largest among the four ancient civilizations in the World. [Egyptian ~7000 BCE to 3000 BCE ; Mesopotamian ~6500 BCE to 3100 BCE ; Yellow River Valley ~ 4000 BCE to 1100 BCE ]. Currently, she has linguistic diversity with 22 official languages (of 847 dialects); Religious diversity with 6 major communities (+5 minor religions);  Ethnic diversity with 645  tribal communities ; Geographical diversity with ancient and relic Western Ghats, recent and snow capped Himalayas,  triangular table shaped Deccan plateau, and the fertile Gangetic plains ! 

Eastern Essence : A g n o s t i c i s m *

  • Who really knows?
  • Who will here proclaim it?
  • Whence was it produced? 
  • Whence is this creation? 
  • The gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe.
  • Who then knows whence it has arisen?
*A comfortable middle path between Atheism & Theism ?!

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