The Little Rann of Kuch is 2 hours and 15mins (135 Kms) from Nadiad. It forms a subsection of the Indian desert zone. In strong contrast to the neighboring sandy Thar Desert of Rajasthan, the Ranns comprise of salt flats surrounded by widespread grasslands and thorny scrub, forming an exceptional ecosystem. During the monsoon, the Ranns are prone to flooding by sea water; and therefore, nurture plant species that have adapted to a saline-marshy environment. The area also hosts a number of bird species. The Great Rann is best known for its vast breeding colony of Lesser flamingoes while avifauna such as Houbara bustards and sand grouse inhabit the Little Rann.