Flora and Fauna


The Badagas have attached a lot of importance to flora and fauna for thousands of years.

In fact most of the names of Badaga Hattis (Villages) are based on ‘Nature’.

For example , the name ‘ Hubbathalai ‘ ( a village near Aravankadu Railway Station) is based on a plant ‘HUBBE THALE ‘. ‘ Bikka mora hatti’ (another village) gets the name after the tree BIKKE (a kind of olive) MORA (tree)


Thumbay Hoo – Thumbay Flower

Wild Leucas aspera (Badaga:Thumbay Hoo,Tamil: தும்பை tumpai). Thi...

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This flower finds a a lot of importance/mention in Badaga Festivals and rituals.


Bird or Flower ??


The beautiful flower bird

Badaga folklore is full of glory about Nature. The Nilgiri Hills are endowed with rich flora and fauna, a true gift of mother NATURE. Of the many wild flowers, this particular one which grows on a short wild tree near many villages, has always fascinated me, where it appears that mother Nature created a bird as a flower….or is it a flower as a bird ? !



A miniature pet ??? “.

Another instance of Nature at its best. A ‘Kambli Poochi’ at our residence at Coonoor.  The day after I took this snap, I was desperately trying to locate it again, but……it has just vanished !! Any insect is called ‘hoo’ in Badaga. Incidentally, ‘hoo’ also means flower.


Seen this animal somewhere?



Oh..yes..it is a butterfly..’bendu’ in Badaga


Also, see the beautiful blue mountains here – the-picturesque-nilgiris


2 responses to “Flora and Fauna

  1. I am reading Sita Rathnamal – Beyond the Jungle. Is someone able to post a photograph and some biographical detail about her please? Birth, is she still alive and where? Many thanks, Nigelle de Visme (Sita Devi)


  2. A natural attempt with the most incredible nature of Nilgiris…A good attempt.


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