The Western Ghats separate the western seaboard from the relatively dry, high tableland of the Deccan Plateau. It is long patch of dense rainforests and shola forests stretching in a wide swathe of undulating green from Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Western TamilNadu till Kerala.
The southern part of the Western Ghats and its forests form the centre of distribution for 20 of India's endemic bird species and another 15 regional endemics common to SriLanka. Bird Life International has recognized the Western Ghats as one of the most important endemic bird areas in Asia. Birds such as Malabar parakeet, Malabar pied hornbill, and Wayanad laughing thrush and Malabar trogon are endemic to the Western Ghats. You can spot butterflies such as the bright yellow southern birdwing, the largest in India which hovers around the trees. You can also see the Malabar squirrel, beautiful orchids with names like Bulbophyllum fibriatum and swarms of fireflies that glow like decoration bulbs on trees in the warm nights of May and June.