Saturday, July 27, 2013

India's Wettest Places - Rajamalai, Kerala - Series No.2

Whenever people in India ask for wettest / Rainiest places they only know Cherrapunji or Mawsynaram or Agumbe. In these series, you will come to various places which i have identified to be wettest places of India. This series will be published every weekly. If you are fan of Heavy Rains and want to know more than Cherrapunji. Please Read it. Its only a compilation of data from various sources / articles / research materials.

The Eravikulam National Park is situated in the high ranges of Southern Western Ghats of Idukki district, Kerala, having an elevation up to 2695 mts with an average base elevation of 2000mts. The nearest town is Munnar. The park has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, scaling to 2695mts and is located in this park. Rajamalai is the headquarters of the park, and is located 16 km from Munnar. There is a motorable road up to Rajamalai. Rajamalai is also known for its heavy rainfall. Here we will analyze the last 10 years rainfall in Rajamalai and the data reveal it is one of the few stations which get very heavy rainfall in this world. 

The park is represented by undulating terrain flanked on all sides by moderate to steep slopes. The major terrain types are slopes (low to steep), flat mountain tops and valleys (water logged and well drained). The main body of the Park is comprised of a high rolling plateau, with a base elevation of about 2000m. Most of the knolls and peaks on the plateau rise 100 to 300m above it. The main plateau area is split roughly in half from northwest to southeast by the Turner’s Valley. The southern fringe of the Park is mostly precipitous with broken cliffs descending from Anamudi, Umayamala and surrounding massifs. In contrast to the sustained and extremely steep escarpment along the eastern fringe of the Nilgiri plateau, the plateau fringe in the Eravikulam area is generally less steep with cliffs often grading into rock slabs with numerous brakes of grassland, shrubs or forests. Only along the west-facing crust between Kattumalai and Kumarikkalmalai, does the edge of the plateau resemble that of the Nilgiri plateau in this regard. In addition, cliffs are usually not abrupt, but rounded both horizontally and vertically. Where exposed, the rock usually has an irregular surface with numerous small dikes and discontinuities.

More on Rainfall data of Rajamalai visit

See also previous series 

India's Wettest Places - Walakkad, Kerala - Series No.1

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