ANAMALAI HILLS Information
It is also called as Elephant Hills.
It is a range of mountains in the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu, located along
the Western Ghats, lying between 10° 13' and 10° 31' N. and 76° 52' and 77° 23'
E. It is also the tallest of the hills in South India that rises up to 8850 ft.
The geological formation is of metamorphic gneiss, veined with feldspars
and quartz, and interspersed with reddish porphyrites. The Lower
slopes yield valuable teak and other timber. In some areas, coffee plantations are
a common sight. The area was notified as Anaimalai Wildlife Sanctuary in 1974 and established in
There is a 30 Km wide gap [big break in
the Western Ghat mountain range] between the Nilgiri Hills to the north and the
Anamalai Hills to the South that straddles the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border and
serves as a major communication route between them. Highways and Rail Transport
connect Palghat with Coimbatore and Pollachi. This huge gap is called as
Attractions of Anamalai Hills :
Monkey falls, Aliyar, the Crocodile Breeding Centre at Amaravati, Indira Gandhi
Wild Life Sanctuary and National Park, Attakarai, Kulipatti, Manompally, Chinnar,
Varagaliar, Manjampatty are some places the tourist can afford
INDIRA GANDHI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY and NATIONAL PARK :
This was originally called as Anamalai Wild Life Sanctuary notified
in the year 1974 and established in the year 1976. Later on renamed in honour of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s
visit in 1961 . It is located at an altitude of 1400 meters at the Top Slip. The
National Park is 108 sq.kms is the core area of the total 958 Sq. Kms sanctuary
zone. Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Project Tiger Zone
in the year 2008. Elephants, Gaur, Tiger, Panther, Sloth Bear, Pangolin, Black
Headed Oriole, Green Pigeon and civet cat can be seen in this Sanctuary.
Karian and Anaikunthi Sholas, Grass Hills, Waterfalls, Groves, Teak forests, Estates,
Dams and Reservoirs add beauty to Anamalai Hills and attracts visitors
in large numbers. Elephant Safari and Van services are available at the
Top Slip to take the tourists around the Sanctuary.
How to Reach Anamalai Hills
Nearest Airport - Coimbatore [ 125 kms]
Rail Head : Nearest Railway
Junction is POLLACHI and connections are available to Coimbatore and Dindugal from
Road : Regular bus services are available
from Coimbatore and Palani to Pollachi and from Pollachi to Top Slip. Taxi Services
are also available at a nominal fare.
Where to Stay
Many Lodges and Guest Houses are available
in Top Slip and needs an advance booking for accommodation. Contact: Wildlife Warden
Office, 178 Meenkarai Road, Pollachi en route to Anamalai. Ambuli Illam, with a
restaurant facility, just 2Km from the reception center at Top Slip, is
the best place to Stay.