10 Indian States With The Largest Forest Cover

23/FEBRUARY /2024

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh boasts the largest expanse of forest cover in India, encompassing a total area of 94,689 sq km, which constitutes 30.7% of the state's overall geographical expanse. The state is home to a rich variety of forests, spanning from tropical moist deciduous to tropical dry deciduous and subtropical hill forests. 

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Arunachal Pradesh

With approximately 83,743 sq km of forest area, Arunachal Pradesh is a close second in the list of Indian states with largest forest cover. Known for its rich biodiversity and pristine forests, Arunachal Pradesh has extensive forest cover, including tropical rainforests and subalpine forests.  

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Maharashtra, with a total of 61,907.08 sq km as forest area, boasts diverse forest ecosystems, including tropical deciduous forests, thorn forests, and mangrove forests along its coastlines. The Sahyadris (Western Ghats) play a huge role in this. 

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With extensive forest cover of approximately 61,204.17 sq km, including tropical moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests, and mangrove forests in its coastal areas, Odisha is one of the best states to visit for nature experiences.

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Chhattisgarh is home to vast expanses of forests, including tropical moist deciduous forests and dry deciduous forests, making it one of the states with significant forest cover in India. Approximately, an area of 59,772 sq km is recorded as forest area.

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Karnataka, spanning 43,382 sq km of recorded forest area, houses five Tiger Reserves, 30 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 15 Conservation Reserves, and one Community Reserve. The state's forests have consistently drawn wildlife and nature aficionados.  

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Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh boasts a substantial forest cover of around 37,258 square kilometres, encompassing diverse types of forests such as tropical dry deciduous, moist deciduous, and mangrove forests along its coastline. A noteworthy feature of the state's forest landscape is the Nallamala Forest.  

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Assam, a state in India, boasts a total forest area of 26,832 square kilometers, accounting for 34.21% of the state's total geographical expanse. The state is home to the notable Kaziranga, Manas and Dehing Patkai wildlife sanctuaries. Another interesting facet of Assam's forest portfolio is the Molai forest in Jorhat.  

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Jharkhand, with a forest cover of 23,605 sq km, is a haven for nature enthusiasts. The Saranda forest in Jamshedpur, known as the largest Sal forest in Asia, is among its major attractions. The state's name, Jharkhand, itself signifies a land covered with forests.

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Tamil Nadu

The forest area of Tamil Nadu, recorded at 22,877 square kilometers, constitutes 17.59% of the state's overall geographical landscape. The renowned Nilgiri range, a jewel of the Eastern Ghats, is located here. These forests provide a rich habitat for diverse endemic species of flora and fauna, offering a unique experience for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

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