Nourished by the opulent nature and adorned with compelling wildlife, Indira Gandhi National Sanctuary, locally known as Anamalai Tiger Reserve, is the perfect place to quench much of your evergreen curiosity to see tigers. The reserve located in Anaimalai Hills of Western Ghats in Udumalpet Taluks and Valparai of Coimbatore and Tirupur district and is presently sprawling over a rambling area of 958.59 sq km excluding the peripheral area of 521.28 sq km. Truly an ecologist’s delight, the Indira Gandhi National Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu is an abode to over 800 species of flora, some of which are scientifically esteemed as Habenaria Rariflora, Combretum Ovalifolium, Angiopteris Evecta, Gnetum Ula, Lycopodium Cernuum, Osmunda Regalis, and more. Since the forest is quite opaque and dense, and thus, you have the opportunity to spot a number of wild species that are the inhabitants of this enthralling sanctuary. Elephant, Panther, Tiger, Pangolin, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear, Nilgiri Tahr, Barking Deer, Sambar, Gaur, Tabby Cat, Wild Boar, Dhole, and Civet Cat are some of the animals at Indira Gandhi National Sanctuary that you can expect to see. Along with that, the park houses an exotic assortment of birds that are equally compelling. Paradise Flycatcher, Black Headed Oriole, Racket Tailed Drongo, Whistling Thrush, and Emerald Dove are just a few names in the long list of around 250 species of birds at Indira Gandhi National Sanctuary that makes it one of the must-visit wildlife parks in South India.
Best Time to Visit
The months of mid-winter and early summer, i.e., from December to April, are considered as the best time to visit Indira Gandhi National Sanctuary.
Where to Stay?
For visitors, there is a large tourist complex inside the park at Top Slip. Along with that, there are also various forest guest houses available as an alternative option located at Amaravathi, Sethumadai, and Varagaliar. Whereas, Pollachi (67 km) and Coimbatore (110 km) also serves as accommodation options near Annamalai Sanctuary.