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The spirit of Malenaadu in the Middle East

Malenadu or Malnad is a beautiful region in the state of Karnataka in India. Malenadu covers the western and eastern slopes of the Western Ghats or Sahyadri mountain range, and is roughly 100 kilometers in width. It is situated between Coastal Karnataka and Bayaluseeme regions of Karnataka.

Malenadu Region is known for its abundant rainfall and rich existence of flora and fauna. Western ghats act as the rain barrier during south-west monsoon season. This region is one of the wettest regions in the world where the rainfall measurements had overflown over 7000mm whereas Cheerapunji and Mawsynram at average receives about 11,000mm of rainfall per year.

Malnad Gilf Association (MGA) was established under the leadership of Mr. Basheer Ballupete on 28 March 2014 with an intention of social welfare. Though it started with a mere five members, today MGA has spread across several regions of KSA with more than three hundred members, and counting.