Indira Gandhi National Park, previously known as Anamalai wildlife sanctuary
is located in the Western Ghats in the Tamilnadu- Kerala border near Pollachi
that is about 90 km away from Coimbatore. Preached at an altitude of 1,400
mts above the sea level and spread over an area of about 958 sq-kms, it
is one of the three wild life sanctuaries on the slopes of the western
Ghats along the border between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The sanctuary is
the home to various kinds of wild life animals like Panther, Elephant,
Gaur, Sloth Bear, Tiger, deer, Wild Bear, Porcupine, Wild Dog, Flying
Squirel, Jackel, Civet Cat, Pangolin and birds like Rocket-tailed Drongo,
Red Tree Pie, Whiskered Bulbul, Spotted Dove, Black Headed Oriole, Pigeon
etc. Other attractions here are the grass hills, karianshola, anaikunthi
shola, groves, waterfalls, teak forests, reservoirs and dams. The Forest
Department organises elephant safaris and jeep rides into the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is opened from 6.30am to 6.30pm and December to February
is the ideal time to visit this place.
How to reach there:
Peelamedu airport is the nearest airport to the sanctuary. Pollachi, 40kms
from Coimbatore, is the main railway station and one could get trains
to Coimbatore and Dindigul from there. There are regular buses from
Coimbatore and Palani to Pollachi. Buses are available to the national
park from Pollachi and back. Taxis and jeeps are also available.