Madikeri forest division is situated on the northern part of Kodagu circle. The total extent of reserved forests of Madikeri division is 36,914.21 hectares. However, besides Reserved Forests, there are other tree-clad areas covered under the working plan of Madikeri division which come under various categories such as Protected F orests, Devarakadus, Paisaries, Section-4 notified areas, unredeemed lands and Bane lands, etc. The total extent of such lands including the Reserved Forests of the division is 1,15,673.72 hectares. Madikeri division comprises two forest sub-divisions, namely, Madikeri and Somavarpet sub-divisions, and consists of six ranges, namely, Bhagamandala, Madikeri, Sampaje, Kushalnagar, Shanivarasanthe and Somavarpete ranges. These areas come within Madikeri and Somavarpete taluks of Kodagu district. Forests of Madikeri division are primarily evergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous. Bhagamandala and Sampaje ranges have some excellent patches of evergreen forests in the Reserved Forests of Padinalknad, Pattighat and Kadamkal. Madikeri range has also some good energreen and semi-evergreen forests. The remaining ranges of the division, namely, Kushalnagar, Somavarpet and Shanivarasanthe have moist deciduous forests with semi-evergreen patches in moister localities. A large portion of the division is under coffee estates, which complement the green landscape, giving an impression as if the entire division is forested.