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Ainthinai Experess Final Report 2024

M Soubadra Devy, R. Ganesan, T. Ganesh, Maria Antony P, Mathivanan M, Saravanan A, Thamizhazhagan S, Thalavaipandi S, Thanigaivel Annamalai

The Tirunelveli district is unique, boasting of all five landscapes described in ancient Sangam literature as the “Ainthinai”: mullai (forest), kurinji (mountains), marutham (farmland), paalai (arid land), and neithal (seashore). This rich geographic diversity is even mentioned in Tamil and English medium school textbooks. However, despite these landscapes being within 25-30 kilometres of schools, students often lack first-hand experiences with them.