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General narrative criteria:

Ammugal belongs to the category of wilderness wetland. Though, it could be considered as a sample, yet there have been numerous more instances of wetlands that we have not been able to monitor or survey. Most of the forest areas have a dominance of wetlands in various stages of growth.


Ammugal is located in Kundah taluk and can be approached by climbing the mountains just after the town. It is a predominantly wilderness area and the wetland comes under the jurisdiction of the forest department. The wetland is a critical source of water and has been channelised towards a small check dam. This check dam impounds the water. the water from the check dam is then transferred through a pipe for further use.


The wetland was found to be in a natural stage and though it was difficult to ascertain whether some part of the wetland was lost during the construction of the check dam or by the private tea grower, yet the condition of the wetland suggests that much of the wetland is in its natural stage.

Biological and Botanical condition:

The wetland was quite deep and the maximum depth measured was 15 feet.We could see evidences of several mammals such as deer, Wild boar, Nilgiri langur, SambarThe vegetation was dominated by Juncus. The wetland was surrounded by Wattle and Tea plantation. The marshy parts were covered by Centella, Viola, and Plantago species. Shrubs like Eupatorium was seen in the upland

Status type



Benefits & Uses



Small 1.06 acres

Piped water supply.

Posted by: keystone       Category: NHW Home > Wetlands       Updated: 2007-03-08 02:10:30


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