Ranging from lush green rainforest to an extremely diverse range of wildlife, our planet Earth is home to some of the most amazing and finest forests that offer the most rejuvenating and enriching experience. They not only soothes the soul but also brings closer to nature and offers a breathtaking view for nature lovers. So, here is a list of the top 10 most famous forests in the world.
1.The Amazon rainforest, South America
Rated as the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon rainforest has diverse species of flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else on the earth. Also known as Amazon jungle or Amazonia, the majestic Amazon rainforest is about 1.4 billion acres of dense forest with 3,977 miles long Amazon river and is made up of a mosaic of ecosystems and vegetation types like rainforest seasonal forest deciduous forest flooded forest in savannas. Covering almost 40% of the area of South America, the Amazon rainforest is a repository of ecological services not only for local tribes and communities but also for the rest of the world.
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2.Sequoia National Forest, California
Named after the largest trees of the world i.e. the Sequoias, the second National forest the whole forest is full of trees that are older than the Roman empire and nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty. It also has trees with the single largest mass and volume in the world. Covering over 1.1 million acres of land, the Sequoia National Forest is a dramatic landscape that testifies to nature’s size, beauty and diversity in terms of huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns and indeed the world’s largest trees.
3.Redwood National park, California
Redwood National park is home to the tallest trees in the world that stretch up so high that the treetops become invisible on a foggy day. Located along the coast of Northern California, the redwood National park is a string of protected forests, beaches and grasslands. It has an amazing diversity of life and contains some of the planets most majestic species of flora and fauna. The park was also designated as the World Heritage site in 1980 and today it is a great tourist spot in California.
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4.The Crooked Forest, Poland
The Crooked Forest is newly planted and consists of around 400 oddly-shaped pine trees close to the small town of Gryfino in West Pomeranian, Poland. Appearing to be normal the trees are so uniquely curved that they remind of the pearl Fryer. The forest has been named so because the pine trees grow from the base with a 90° Sharp band and then curve back to grow straight and irrespective of their curves the trees can grow up to 50 feet tall. However, there are many assumptions about the reason for the growth of such types of trees in the forest but even today it remains a great mystery.
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5.Evergreen Forests, India
Rated as the largest waterfall in India the Jog falls environs is a spectacular forested area in the entire Western regions of India. It is home to some of the greatest biodiversity in the world and has a great diversity of flora and fauna. Also known by the other names like Gerusoppe falls, it is one of the highest waterfalls in India that offers breathtaking views to its visitors. Also, it is one of nature’s splendid masterpieces situated in the dense evergreen forest covered with plenty of abundant species of flora and fauna.
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6.Daintree Rainforest, Australia
Rated as the oldest surviving rainforest in the world the Daintree rainforest is also among the most biodiverse regions in the world that contain a great diversity of plants, insects, spiders, marsupials etc. The Daintree Rainforest is a majestic forested area with creeping wines and emerald canopy that have been growing for more than 180 million years. It is one of the largest rainforests in Australia that attracts a large number of tourists every year. The Daintree Rainforest encompasses unique plants and animal species and is considered a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers.
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7.Black Forest, Germany
Home to some of the unique animals which are found nowhere else on the planet earth the black forest is named so because of the dense conifers that block out the sun even during the daytime. The forest is majestically dotted with the lakes that formed from the melt at the end of the last ice age and contains eight of the highest mountains in Europe with over 1000 in elevation. It is a mountainous terrain mainly famous for its cuckoo clocks, watchmaking skiing and tourism. In fact, it is a magic land full of cultural traditions like half-timbered houses, ruined castles and quaint towns.
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8.Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China
Designated as the UNESCO World Heritage site and also the world biosphere reserve, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China is a majestic forested area with colourful lakes multiple waterfalls snow-capped peaks and indeed the beautiful primaeval forest. One of the most famous forests located on the edge of the Tibetan plateau is also one of the most famous tourist attraction places where millions of people visit every year. It is a picturesque fairyland featuring charming natural scenery and offers a quiet environment and fresh air to enjoy a beautiful natural scenic beauty by its visitors.
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9.Beach forest, Germany
Also designated as the UNESCO World Heritage site, the beach forest is dominated by beach trees and form an impressive canopy even in the winter. It offers a fascinating and incredibly diverse landscape of the Primeval beech forest of Germany. It is interesting to note that it has a most fascinating view of large tree canopies blocking out the sunlight. Sprawling in an area of about 4300 hectares of land, the five Ancient beech forest of Germany, provides a unique glimpse into the original landscape of Europe.
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10.Sagano bamboo forest, Japan
Growing tall on the edges of Kyoto, the sagano bamboo forest is a tranquil nature spot attracting millions of visitors every year and is also listed as one of the most famous forests in the world. Rated as one of the world’s prettiest groves, the Nagano bamboo forest has gained popularity in recent years and has become an attractive place for people all over the world. Moreover, the sound of swaying stalks in this stunning grove is also a reason capturing people’s attention as one can hear the rustling, creaking and swaying soundscapes at this majestic spot.
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11. Gir Forest National Park, India
Gir Forest National Park also known as Sasan Gir is one of the famous forests in the world. It is located near Talala Gir in Gujarat, India. The best time to visit the forest area s between December and March, however, in case you are interested in wildlife viewing and photography then April and May is the best time though it is very hot weather in India. The seven most river stream that goes through the forest are Hari, Shetrunji, Datardi, Shinoda, Machhundri, Godavari and Raval.
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12. Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve also known as Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde is a forest reserve establisged in the year 1972. The forest has high biodiversity that consists of 2,500 plant species, 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, 120 reptilian and amphibian species. It expands in an area of 35,089 acres and has around eight life zones atop the Continental Divide.
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13. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is situated in south-western Uganda in the Kanungu District. It is belived that the forest has around 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns. The name of the forest has been derieved from the word “Mubwindi” which means “a place full of darkness”. The forest is also known as the “Place of Darkness” because it is situated on the edge of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley. It is home to the world’s highly endangered mountain gorillas that love to thrive in this area.
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14. Trossachs National Park, Scotland
The Trossachs National Park is a forest area in Scotland that was established by the Scottish Parliament in 2002. This is the fourth largest national park in the British Isles with a total area of 1,865 km2. The biodiversity of the national includes 200 species of birds and over 25% of all the species of plants found in the British region. Some of teh most popular species found in the region are capercaillie, red deer, red squirrel, Scottish wildcat, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, black grouse, buzzard, geese and osprey.
15. Batang Ai National Park, Borneo
Batang Ai National Park is a beautiful forest reserve situated in the region of Sri Aman Division, Sarawak, Malaysia. The unique part is that this forest always involves locals in the management of the park and they have formed a corporative known as ‘Kooperasi Serbaguna Ulu Batang Ai’ that helps in the conservation and make it one of the famous forests in the world.
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