Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary - Tamil Nadu
Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary
Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary : This wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Anaimalai Hills of Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalpet taluks of Coimbatore District. The Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park is the largest and well preserved sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. Spreading to an area of about 958 sq.KM, it is rich in flora and fauna. This protected area constitutes the most important watershed for the agricultural economy and power supply. Major reservoirs like Parambikulam, Aliyar, Thirumurthi, Upper Aliyar, Kadambarai, Sholayar and Amaravathi are fed by the perennial rivers which originate from the Sanctuary.
It was notified as a sanctuary in the year 1974. 108 sq.kms of its unique habitats at 3 places - Karian Shola, Grass hills, Manjampatty were notified as National Parks in 1989. This Park and the Sanctuary are Reserved under consideration by UNESCO as part of The Western Ghats World Heritage site.
The tribal communities living in the sanctuary are Kadar, Malasar, Malai Malasar, Muduvar, Pulayar and Eravalar. They participate in the management as Forest watchers and Antipoaching Watchers.
How to Reach Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary :
By Air : Coimbatore Airport is located at a distance of about 87 kms.
By Rail : The nearest railway station is Pollachi which is at a distance of about 35 kms.
By Road : Regular Bus services is available from Pollachi to Topslip 35 Kms.