The Sacred grove in Verkadavu

By Dhanesh Kumar on Apr. 12, 2014 in Environment and Ecology

Dhanesh Kumar, a young adivasi of the Kattunayakan community from Chembakolly village, reports “I don’t have any difficulty in noting down the names of trees in a Kaavu (sacred grove). But in this Kaavu, there were so many different kinds of trees that I took very long to get all the names.”

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First Published in The Edge of Existence, August 7, 2013

Photo Credits: Dhanesh Kumar credit for the one with the water source (the Pond in the foreground), and Shruti Agarwal for the others.

Contact: C/o Shruti

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