Anamalai wildlife sanctuary is about 90-kms from Coimbatore and is situated at an altitude of 1,400 meters in the Western Ghats near Pollachi. The area of the sanctuary is 958-sq-kms. An ecological paradise, this sanctuary encompasses a National Park. It has just recently been renamed as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary.
It has various kinds of fauna like Elephant, Gaur, Tiger, Panther, Sloth Bear, Deer, Wild Bear, Wild Dog, Porcupine, Flying Squirrel, Jackal, Pangolin, Civet Cat and birds like Rocket-tailed Drongo, Red Whiskered Bulbul, Tree Pie, Black Headed Oriole, Spotted Dove, Pigeon, etc. The Amaravati reservoir in the Anamalai has large number of crocodiles.
Attractions At The Place
There are many places of scenic beauty such as Karianshola, Grass hills, Anaikunthi Shola, waterfalls, groves, teak forests, dams and reservoirs. Arrangements are available at Top Slip to take tourists around the sanctuary on elephant back or by van.
The Park Reception Office and most of the places to stay
are at Top Slip, which is 35-kms southwest of the town of Pollachi.
Entrance: Tourists visiting the park for the day can go directly to Top Slip. Tourists can also enter the park at Parambikulam in Kerala. The park is open from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm for day visitors.
Private vehicles can drive around in the park. Visitors can also hire one of the park department's vehicles to go around the park between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm (1 hr).
Tourists can are allowed to walk in the park for a maximum of four hours, but a guide is necessary.
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Peelamedu airport is 10-km from Coimbatore city.
Rail: From Pollachi, there are trains to Coimbatore and Dindigul.
Road: There are regular buses from Coimbatore and Palani to Pollachi, which is the nearest big town. There are two buses a day from Pollachi to the park, at 6.00 am and 3.00 pm. The bus returns to Pollachi at 8.00 am and 6.00 pm. Tourists can also hire a taxi from Pollachi.
Accommodation is available at the lodges in Top Slip, which
must be to be booked in advance at the Wildlife Warden Office, 178
Meenkarai Road, in Pollachi. Accommodation is usually limited to only one
night. Ambuli Illam at Top Slip, 2-km from the reception center is the
best place to stay. It also has a restaurant.
There are several places to stay at Pollachi too.