Western Ghats Development Programme
The Western Ghats region of Kerala covers 450 Kms (28.12%) out of the total length of 1600 Kms. The Kerala region (“Sahyadri”) of Western Ghats comprises of 72% of the total geographical area of the Sate and around 50% of the State’s population. The region covers 90 Block Panchayats and 562 Grama Panchayats in the State. The Western Ghats play an important role in providing substantial rainfall in the state. The “Sahyadri” is the birthplace of 44 major rivers flowing through the state. The rich natural forests of this region are a treasure house of plants, animals and minerals. The influence of Western Ghats has been remarkable in the maintenance and preservation of ecology of the state.