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Top Slip

Top slip, a small park and the medicinal plant conservation area on the Anamalai mountain range is located 65 kms from Coimbatore at an elevation of 800 feet above the sea level. Separated from the Nilgiri Hills by the Palghat Gap on the north, top slip is a small site within the Indira Gandhi National Park, contiguous to the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) to its west and to the Eravikulam National Park (Kerala) and Chinnar Wild life sanctuary.

It is an ideal place for bird watching where one could find birds such as Wynaad Laughingthrush, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, White-bellied Treepie, Malabar Trogon, White-bellied Blue Flycatcher, Black-throated Munia, Great Hornbills, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Oriental Bay Owl, Mountain Imperial Pigeon etc. It is also the home to world's rarest primates, the Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Chevrotain, and rare Brown Mangoose and Asian Elephants. Natural vegetation of top slope includes wet evergreen forest and semi-evergreen forest, montane shola-grassland, moist deciduous, dry deciduous, thorn forests and marshes. Hopea parviflora, Mesua ferrea, Calophyllum tomentosum, Vateria indica, Cullenia excelsa and Mangifera indica, Machilus macrantha, Alstonia scholaris, Evodia meliaefolia, Ailanthus and Malabaricum and Eucalyptus grandis gives the forest a thick cover.

Top slip is opened for visitors daily from 6.30 am to 6 pm with the entry fee of Rs. 50/-. Sethumadai checkpost is the entry point. Safari trips are operated by the forest department between 8 am and 5pm which lasts for about 90 minutes and it charges Rs. 40/- per person. Private vehicles are not allowed for the safaris. One can go on a trek inside the park for a maximum of 4 hours with an official guide and the rate is Rs. 70/-. Booking can be done at the reception center of the park. Accommodation facilities are provided by the wildlife department which consists of dormitories and lodges For thrill seekers, accommodation is available in tree house. It can be booked in advance on Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm from the Wildlife warden office. The ideal time to visit top slip is between May to June and October to February.
Contact Address:
Wildlife Warden Office,
178 Meenkarai Road, Pollachi
Phone: 04259 222-5356/04259 238360

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