11 Most Beautiful Tropical Rainforests Of The World

By Sameer Kapoor on Feb 01, 2016
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Dark, eternal raining and lush green vegetation- these are some of the words that might characterize rainforests for you. However, there is something else that should define their presence on this earth which is their significance for our ecosystem. The cauldron of nature in all its diversity and plenty, tropical rainforests cover everything on land from the Southern hemisphere to the temperate rainforests along continental coasts in the Northern hemisphere. So while the world might be travelling to the most luxurious and the oft trodden destinations in the world, it is always a novel idea to get lost in the bushes of these rain forests and see what God’s creation has in store for you. This is a list of the rainforests of the world that grace the Mother Earth with their presence.

1. Tongass National Forest in United States

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Extending over an area of 17 million acres in the southeast of Alaska, the Tongass National Park is a remote and undisturbed tropical rainforest that houses many endangered animal species and rare plants. The 75,000 people who inhabit the forest are Alaskan Native peoples who depend on the land for their livelihood. For the promotion of tourism, there are 150 cabins available inside for rent with designated bear-viewing areas. For those who like camping, there are 15 campgrounds with backdrops against the magnificent Alaskan wilderness and glaciers. Other activities to do here are: Kayaking and canoeing.


2. Amazon Rainforest in South America

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Amazon Rainforest is probably the most famous rainforests in the world. Covering an area of 2.1 million square miles, through 9 of 14 South American states, Amazon Rainforest is also the largest rainforest in the world. The Amazon has remained largely uncommercialised and even till today many native tribes live here. As for its flora, it consists of 16,000 different species of trees. It was discovered that much of the lush vegetation found in the forest is the result of careful human management to create richer soils over 11,000 years. This dense forest also has a considerable impact on Earth’s climate. Deforestation has become a major concern in light of this.

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3. Primorsky Krai in Siberia, Russia

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Primorsky Krai Rainforest borders Pacific Ocean and China and it known for its temperate climate as opposed to the dry and barren snowscape of Siberia. Even though it is a rare beauty to see in Russia, but its tourism is marred by illegal logging and poaching. It is one of the last refuges for the Siberian tiger and the Amur leopard, among other endangered species.

4. Vancouver Island in Canada

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This is a different rainforest that looks beautiful with the famous big trees of western hemlock, yellow cedar, Douglas-fir and western white pine. To the south and the east of the island, vegetation is more varied, including madrone, Oregon-grape and red cedar. To add to the beauty are Maple and red alder trees. For those who are looking for some rendezvous with animals will be able to find black bears, cougars, Roosevelt elk, Vancouver Island marmot and Vancouver Island wolf here. A hiking paradise, this landscape is home to a number of peaks, including the Golden Hinde.

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5. North Western Ghats in India

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Covering Gujarat in the southeast to Karnataka, the North Western Ghats in India home to Joga Falls, the second-highest of India’s waterfalls.  The best national park to visit in this tropical rainforest is the Anshi National Park, in Karnataka. Here, the avid traveler can get plenty of opportunities for adventure such as camping, boating, rafting, canoeing and trekking. The other major attraction is the breath taking Dudhsagar waterfall. Visit this place to enjoy a spectacular view of this one of the most beautiful rainforests in the world!

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6. Harapan in Indonesia

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Harapan Rainforest is a hiker’s paradise with 4 different treks for different levelsof challenge. To enjoy maximum beauty here, you can take a guided tour for the river safari and the night safari. There are other opportunities as well: overnight camping and tree planting are to name a few.

7. Appalachian Rainforest in United States

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Appalachian Rainforest is indeed historic! Humans have been inhabiting this forest for around 10,000 years. The Appalachian Trail, which spans more than 2,000 miles, offers the route from Georgia to Maine. There are also several parks, including the Nantahala National Forest, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee National Forest, in the area.

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8. Daintree Rainforest in Australia

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Located on the banks of the Daintree River, the Daintree Rainforest is one of the most complex ecosystems in Australia and the world. Despite covering less than 1 percent of the Australian landmass, the forest contains 3 percent of frog, reptile and marsupial species, 7 percent of bird species and 90 percent of bat and butterfly species in in Australia. It is also home to many primitive and ancient species, estimated to date back some 110 million years.

9. Sinharaja in Sri Lanka

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Who is not aware of the dense vegetative terrain of Sri Lanka? The Sinharaja Rainforest in Sri Lanka is home to endemic and the rarest of the trees. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.

10. Yanoda in China

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This is one tropical rainforest that has been popularized and commercialized very well. The stunning sights of Yanoda Rainforest is what attracts the visitors from all over the world. Inside this forest, you’ll find Stairs, suspension bridges and plank roads that lead adventurers to giant boulders, a variety of flora and fauna and waterfalls.

11. Hawaii in United States

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Hawaiian islands, encompassing some 2,600 square miles. Since the islands have been isolated by the Pacific Ocean for millions of years, the plant and animal species that inhabit these tropical rainforests are unique and rare to find anywhere else in the world. The Hawaiian rainforests contain coastal mesic forests, mixed mesic forests and wet forests.

So which of these rainforests of the world inspire the wanderlust in you?

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