Recorded Forest Area of Tamil Nadu

Recorded Forest Area
Reserved Forest 19,388 km2
Protected Forest 2,183 km2
Unclassed Forest 1,306 km2
Total 22,877 km2
Of State's Geographic Area 17.59 %
Of Country's Forest Area 2.95 %

(Tamil Nadu Forest Department website,

Note a differing estimate for recorded forest area (most likely drawn from Revenue Department sources):

Forest Area: 21340 sq km, 16.43% of State's geographic area

(Ministry of Agriculture Land Use Statistics 2005)

The district-wise forest cover in Tamil Nadu, as measured by satellite imagery, can be found in the Tamil Nadu chapter of the State of Forests Report, 2005, Forest Survey of India.