Indian Tropical Coastal Forests bioregion
- 17,703Total Land Area (1000 ha)
- 7Number of Ecoregions
- 36%Protection Target
- 4Protection Level
The Indian Tropical Coastal Forests bioregion is located along the western coast of the Indian Subcontinent subrealm in Indomalaya. It contains seven ecoregions – Sri Lanka Lowland Rain Forests , Sri Lanka Montane Rain Forests , Malabar Coast Moist Forests , South Western Ghats Montane Rain Forests , South Western Ghats Moist Deciduous Forests , North Western Ghats Montane Rain Forests , North Western Ghats Moist Deciduous Forests  – totaling approximately 17 million hectares of land area and adjacent marine areas. Defined by the long Western Ghats mountain range and adjoining coastline, this bioregion was once dominated by rainforests that thrived in the annual monsoon cycle, which can bring as much as 8 feet of rainfall to the region. While nearly all of the natural forests have been cleared, some pockets remain as sacred groves preserved by local communities.
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