The Forest College and Research Institute (FC&RI) is located at Mettupalayam in the sylvan surroundings of Jakanarai Reserved Forest, about 40km north of Tamilnadu Agricultural Univesrity (TNAU) main campus, Coimbatore. FC&RI is situated over a sprawling expanses of 200 ha of reserved forest. Located at the foothills of the Nilgiris on the Kotagiri road. FC&RI is perched at an altitude of 300m with a longitude of 11ө 19' N, latitude of 77ө 56 E and enjoys an annual rainfall of 830 mm. The mean maximum and minimum temperature are 32.2ө C and 23.2ө C respectively.