Indira Gandhi National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary or Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Coimbatore of Tamilnadu, South India. It is the largest and well preserved sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. It is also called by the name of Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary as it located in Anamalai Hill, part of the Western Ghats. Anai means elephant and malai means mountain and thus it is also known as Mountain of Elephants. The Park is spread over an area of 958 square kilometers of land.
The park is named after former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi who visited the park on 7 October 1961. Later, it was notified as a sanctuary in the year 1974 with its unique habitats at 3 places – Karian Shola, Grass hills, Manjampatty were notified as National Parks in 1989. Indira Gandhi National Park is popular among the birders with sighting of over 300 species of avifauna. Birds of Anaimalai include Alpine Swift, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Babblers, Black Eagle, Blue-bearded Bee eater etc.
Flora & Fauna:
The Sanctuary has rich variety of vegetation and also the sanctuary supports extremely diverse faunal population and several species are exclusive to this area. A wide variety of herbivores inhabit this Sanctuary including Panther, Elephant, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Tiger, Deer, Wild Bear, Porcupine, Wild Dog, Flying Squirrel, Jackal, Civet Cat etc.
Best time to visit:
Indira Gandhi Marine National Park is open throughout the year. December to April is the best time to visit the park.
Timings and Fee:
Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the sanctuary for complete information entry timings and fee.
There are several accommodation options around Indira Gandhi Marine National Park to accommodate outsiders or tourists. Visitors are advised to get in touch with us to get know about accommodation and other facilities along with charges.
By Road: Bus services is available frequently from Pollachi to Topslip 35Km.
By Train: Nearest Railway Station is in Pollachi – 35 kms away
By Air: Nearest Airport is Coimbatore – 87 kms away