Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu

Spread over a large area of 958 sq km, the Indira Gandhi National Park and Sanctuary is one of the most popular wild life destinations in the state of Tamil Nadu. Information About Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park,Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sancutary Tamilnadu,Tamilnadu Indira Gandhi National Park A National Park that covers an area of 108 sq km is incorporated within its premises.

The Indira Gandhi National Park and Sanctuary is easily accessible from the Top Slip of the Anamalai Hills of the Western Ghats. In fact this wild life reserve was earlier known as the Anamalai Wild life Sanctuary. Information About Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park,Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sancutary Tamilnadu,Tamilnadu Indira Gandhi National Park The Top Slip is the main tourist zone. The Sanctuary is truly an ecologist’s delight. The hill forests and the amazing variety of animals that it is home to gives the biologist’s an ideal scope to study the relation between organisms and their environment.

Any one will be amazed to know that as many as 800 species of South Indian Flora are to be found in the Indira Gandhi National Park and Sanctuary. Scientific names of some of the rare species are Combretum Ovalifolium, Dispyros nilagrica, Gymnopteris Contaimirans (Fern), Habebarai reriflora (Orchid), Polypodum pleroupus, Alsophila, Bulbophyllum, Lasianthus uenuloses, Angiopterris Erectra, Gnetum Ula, Impaliens Elegans, Lycopodium cernum, Ranunculus reniformis and Osmunda Regulis.

The forest cover is very dense and it is very thrilling and exciting to be exploring these dark dense forests. You will get a view of all those members of the animal kingdom that have made this wildlife reserve their home. It therefore goes without saying that the jeep and elephant safaris are thoroughly enjoyable.

The list of animals that you can sight at the Indira Gandhi National Park and Sanctuary are Tiger, Panther, Elephant, Gaur, Pangolin, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Wild boar, Dhole, Sloth Bear, Porcupine, Nilgiris Tahr, Civet Cat and Taddy Cat.

The collection of birds is equally astounding. No wonder it is often referred to as an ornithologist’s paradise. Some of the feathered creatures are Racket Tailed Drongo, Black Headed Oriole, Paradise Fly-catcher, Whistling Thrush, Emerald Dove, Green pigeon, Tickell's Flower Pecker, Rufus Wood Pecker, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Black Eagle, Malabar pied Hornbill, Fiery Blue Bird and green billed Malkhoha. Information About Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park,Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sancutary Tamilnadu,Tamilnadu Indira Gandhi National Park Many crocodiles are also to be seen at the Amaravati Reservoir of the Indira Gandhi National Park and Sanctuary.

Pollachi is the nearest important place that is well connected by rail and road. It is at a distance of about 35 km. Coimbatore is 75 km away. It is best not to arrange a trip to the Indira Gandhi National Park and Sanctuary in the monsoons.

Spread over 958 sq kms, this sanctuary can be reached though Top slip in Anamalai Hills on the Western Ghats. An ecological Paradise, this sanctuary encompasses a National Park with an area of 108 sq kms. About 800 species out of 2000 South Indian Flora are distributed here. This sanctuary nurtures Arboreal animals like lion tailed macaque, bonnet macaque, Common Languor, Nilgiris langur, Malabar Giant squirrel and Grizzled Giant Squirrel. The ground animals listed are: Tiger, Panther, Elephant, Gaur, Pangolin, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Wild boar, Dhole, Sloth Bear, Porcupine, Nilgiris Tahr, Civet Cat and Taddy Cat. The Avifauna includes Racket Tailed Drongo, Black Headed Oriole, Paradise Fly-catcher, Whistling Thrush, Emerald Dove, Green pigeon, Tickell's Flower Pecker, Rufus Wood Pecker, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Black Eagle, Great Indian, Malabar pied Hornbill, Fiery Blue Bird and green billed malkhoha etc.

Some of the many rare and endangered species of flora are:
1. Combretum Ovalifolium, 2. Dispyros nilagrica, 3. Gymnopteris Contaimirans (Fern), 4. Habebarai reriflora (Orchid), 5. Polypodum pleroupus, 6. Alsophila sp, 7. Bulbophyllum sp., 8. Lasianthus uenuloses, 9. Angiopterris Erectra, 10. Gnetum Ula, 11. Impaliens Elegans, 12. Lycopodium cernum, 13. Ranunculus reniformis and Osmunda Regulis.

This sanctuary nurtures Arboreal animals like lion tailed macaque, bonnet macaque, Common Langur, Nilgiris Langur, Malabar Giant squirrel and Grizzled giant Squirrel. The ground animals listed are: Tiger, Panther, Elephant, Gaur, Pangolin, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Wild Boar, Dhole, Sloth Bear, Porcupine, Nilgiris Tahr, Civet Cat and Toddy Cat. The Avifauna includes Racket Tailed Drongo, Black Headed Oriole, Paradise Flycatcher, Whistling Thrust, Emerald Dove, Green Pigeon, Tickell's Flower Pecker, Rufus Wood Pecker, Rose Ringed Parakeet, Black Eagle, Great Indian Malabar pied Horn Bill, Fiary Blue Bird and green Billed Malkhoha etc.

OTHER ECO - CENTRES :

Equally enticing in the sanctuary are Monkey Falls at Aliyar, Crocodile breeding centre at Amaravathi, Gran Hills, Attakatti, Nirar, Kullipatti, Manompally, Chinnar, Thirumoorthy, Varagaliyar and Manjampathy. Trekking sheds available at Manjapally and Varagaliyar. While a wild life interpretation Centre is at Aliyar, a medicinal plant interpretation Centre is at Topslip.

OTHER DETAILS :

Altitude: 340-2400 m.
Rainfall: 500-5000mm, South West and North East Monsoon; Climate: Pleasant, equable warm climate Jan- Oct, Chill winter at high altitude: Nov- Dec; Best season: May through January: Access: Pollachi 35 kms by rail and road, Coimbatore 75 kms. by Air; Nearest Gasoline Station: Pollachi 35 kms. Time to Visit: hrs. to 8.00hrs. & 17.00 hrs. to 19.00 hrs,; Accommodation: Forest Guest House at Topslip, Varagaliyar, Amaravathi, Sethumadai PWD Guest House with food at Udumalaipettai or Amaravathi EB Guest House at Attakatti; Other facilities: Elephants and Vehicles on hire; available

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