Fast Facts :
Location : 90-Km from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Area : 958 Sq-Kms
Recently Renamed As : Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary
Best Time To Visit : January to February and June
Anamalai Indira Gandhi wildlife sanctuary is situated at around 1,400 meters near Pollachi in the Western Ghats and at a distance of 90 kms from Coimbatore. Recently it is renamed as Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary and covers the area of 958-Sq-kms. It is an ecological paradise comprising of wildlife sanctuaries.
It has vast range of Gaur, Panther, Deer, Wild Dog, Flying Squirrel, Civet Cat, Drongo, Elephant, Tiger, Sloth Bear, Wild Bear, Porcupine, Jackal, Pangolin, and birds like Rocket-tailed Red Whiskered Bulbul, Tree Pie, Spotted Dove, Black Headed Oriole, Pigeon, etc. It has the huge number of crocodile in its Amravati reserviours.
Attraction of the Place :
Anamalai has various places of beautiful nature such as Grass hills, Waterfalls, teak forests, Karianshola, Anaikunthi Shola, groves, dams and reservoirs. One can enjoy this beautiful sites either by hiring a van or even by residing at elephant’s back. Children would love the later ride and would enjoy more on nature’s back.
Tourist Information :
You can prefer to stay at the Park Reception Office and the Top Slip which is just around 35-kms to the southwest of the Pollachi.
The visitors can enter directly into the park from Top Slip or through the park at Parambikulam in Kerala. The park is available to visitors from 6 am to 6 pm for a day. You can drive in with your vehicle and have trip in the park. Also, park department’s vehicle goes around between 8 am to 5 pm around the park. Visitors are also allowed to walk around the park but not without the guide.
Residing Sheds :
You can reside at lodges available in Top Slip that must be booked well in advance at Wildlife Warden Office, 178 Meenakari Road, in Pollachi. Lodging is limited for one night only. The best place to stay is Ambulli Illan at top - Slip. They have their restaurants too. Even, the Pollachi has several places to visit.