Initially christened as the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, it was changed as the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, before it became the Anamalai Tiger Reserve when Project Tiger was launched in 2008. The sanctuary is a total of 989 sq. kms. with a core area of 108 sq. kms.
The main tourist facilities are located at Topslip, which earned its name from the practice of locals sliding timber down the hills from this point. All visitors to Top Slip need a permit issued by the Wildlife Warden of the Forest Department in Pollachi. There are Elephant Safaris and Van Services to take tourists around the sanctuary.
Animal Species: Elephant, Gaur, Water Buffalo, Tiger, Panther, Sloth Bear, Pangolins, Black Headed Oriole, Crocodile, Green Pigeons, Civet Cats, Dhole, Sambar, 31 groups of endangered wildlife macaques.
Bird Species: Pied Hornbill, Red Whiskered Bulbul and Drongo.
|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.|
|Best season||Throughout the year (Except June to August)|
|Accommodation||There is a Forest Rest House at TopslipVaragaliar, 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 elephants are available for hire.|
|For more details||The Wildlife Warden, 178, MeenakaraiSalai, Pollachi – 642001.|