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River Moyar originates in the Nilgiris of the Western Ghats, flowing West to East along the Tamilnadu and Karnataka State border. Originating near the hill town of Gudalur (11°51’43.30”N; 76°53’53.30”E) in Nilgiris, the river courses down through the Moyar gorge; meanders through dry forest plains before draining in to the Bhavanisagar reservoir (11°29’N; 77°03’E). It is one of the largest rivers in the Nilgiris with a total length of about 85- 90 km. The three major tributaries of River Moyar are Kedrahalla, Sigur River and Kahanhalla while Sandynallah, Naduvattam, Melkodmund and Lone Valley streams are the minor tributaries.

River Moyar borders the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, wherein it flows through three districts (Nilgiri and Erode district of Tamil Nadu and Chamrajnagar District of Karnataka).

River Moyar has the distinction of running its course through the forests of the Western Ghats, on a rainfall gradient of about 5000 mm at the Nilgiris to Bhavanisagar where the annual rainfall is just 500-600 mm. This steep descent renders the region a unique character; supporting not just a diversity of habitats and species but also interesting human settlements and traditions.