Originally known as Dodda Shola with an area of 116 hectares, it is the only major pocket of natural Shola Forest left in the immediate vicinity of Kotagiri. This Shola is an integral part of the very fragile Nilgiri Eco-System and preservation of this Forest is vital. It is a major water source for more than 15 villages in the Down Town Aravenu area, the Longwood Shola plays a major role in Kotagiri's microclimate attracting and regulating rainfall. Shola forests are a type of stunted evergreen vegetation found only in the southern portion of the Western Ghats Mountains. The area is also famous among bird watchers including 80 varieties of birds including species endemic to the region. A wide diversity of flora in addition to Indian giant squirrel, bonnet macaque, barking deer, Nilgiri Marten, Indian gaur (bison) etc can be seen here. There are very picturesque trekking paths which go through this serene Shola.

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