Indira Gandhi National Sanctuaries

Spread over 958 sq kms, this sanctuary can be reached from Top Slip in the Anamalai HillsIndragandhi in the Western Ghats. An ecological Paradise, this sanctuary is a National Park with an area covering 108 sq kms. About 800 species out of 2000 South Indian flora and faunaare distributed here.

This sanctuary nurtures arboreal animals like the Lion-tailed macaque, Bonnet macaque, Common langur, Nilgiris langur, Malabar giant squirrel and Grizzled giant squirrel. The ground animals that can be found here are the Tiger, Panther, Elephant, Gaur, Pangolin, Sambhar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Wild boar, Sloth Bear, Porcupine, Nilgiris Tahr, and Civet Cat. The Avifauna includes the Racquet Tailed Drongo, Black Headed Oriole, Paradise Fly-catcher, Whistling Thrush, Emerald Dove, Green Pigeon, Tickell's Flower Pecker, Rufus Wood Pecker, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Black Eagle, Great Indian, Malabar Pied Hornbill, and the Fairy Bluebird.

Location - The Anamalai Ranges in Coimbatore District
Area - 108 Sq. Kms
Forest type - Varies from the dry deciduous to the semi-evergreen, evergreen and the wet temperate containing teak, rose wood and many miscellaneous tropical species.
Animals found - Elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, sambhar, four, horned antelope, chital, etc. and a host of birds, notably the pied horn bill and several species of eagles.
Annual rainfall - 500 mm to 5000 mm, least rainfall is on the eastern slopes and most rainfall is on western slopes.
Nearest airport - Coimbatore 75 kms.
Nearest Railway station - - Pollachi 35 kms away.
Season - Throughout the year (Except June to August)
Accommodation - There is a Forest Rest House at Topslip Varagaliar, Amaravathi, Sethumadai. Catering arrangements are available. The Public Works Department (PWD) Rest houses at Udumalpet and Amaravathi, Electricity Board (TNEB) Rest House at Attakatti.
Other facilities - Motor Vehicles and riding elephants available for hire.
For more details - The Wildlife Warden, 178, Meenakarai Salai, Pollachi - 642001.