The best Jungles in Asia to visit
Most of the Jungles, specifically the tropical rainforests in Asia, are situated in the south and southeast Asia. In fact, the word jungle came to the English language from Hindi. Large and thick Jungles are typical in south Asia regions in places like southern India, Bangladesh, and Siri Lanka.
If we travel a little more to the east into countries like Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, and then Malaysia and Indonesia, we see even more tropical rainforests.
Jungles are typically found along the equator as these places are hotter and more humid, the perfect environment for thick jungles to grow. Let us look at some of the best jungles to visit in Asia.
5. Western Ghats, India
Located in southern India, the Western Ghats cover an area of 30,000 square km. The Western Ghats is one the densest jungle in India. It starts at Southwest Maharashtra and goes up to Karnataka in South India.
The Western Ghats is home to a diverse range of wildlife. Estimates suggest that almost 1100 different species of wildlife call the Western Ghats their home. The Western Ghats is also home to elephants if you fancy those beasts.
4. Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka
The Sinharaja Forest Reserve in the southwestern part of Sri Lanka. The exciting thing about the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is that almost 60% of the trees in the area are endemic, meaning you can't find these trees anywhere else. And a lot of them are rare and protected under UNESCO.
The Sinharaja Forest Reserve just doesn't house rare plants; there are a lot of endemic species of mammals, insects, reptiles, and rare amphibians and butterflies in this Jungle reserve as well. Almost 50% of all the endemic wildlife in Sri Lanka can be found in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
3. Cúc Phương National Park, Vietnam
Cúc Phương National Park is Vietnam's first and only national reserve. The Cúc Phương National Park is home to the largest biosphere in the country. As it is home to 97 species of mammals, many of them are endangered, like the langurs. Cúc Phương National Park also has 300 birds, 36 species of reptiles, 17 species, and 11 species of fish.
Cúc Phương National Park is one of the most popular natural tourist destinations in Vietnam. It is also home to a lot of endemic plants and wildlife.
2. Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia
Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra is actually a combination of three separate national parks: Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park, and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. Combined, these three national parks cover an area of 2.5 million hectares. The Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra is a protected conservation area that is home to 10,000 species of plant, 200 species of mammals, and 580 species of birds.
Many of the species are endemic to the region, so you won't find them anywhere else in the world. The reserve is also home to the infamous Sumatran Orang-utan.
1. Southeastern Papuan rain forests, Papua New Guinea
The Southeastern Papuan Rain Forests cover a vast area on the eastern side of Papua New Guinea. These rainforests offer a diverse range of biospheres, from tropical rainforest beaches to highland regions with freezing temperatures on mountain peaks.
The region is rich with endemic species throughout the landscape. It is probably one of the most diverse jungles you can visit, from coastal areas to lowlands and mountainous habitats. There is a little bit of everything.
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