Sprawled over an area of 958 sq km, the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the southern part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of the Anamalai Hills. The main tourist zone is known as Top Slip, situated at an altitude varying from 350 m to 2,400 m above sea level. The landscape is mostly made up of thickly wooded hills, rolling grasslands, plateau and deep valleys, housing rich evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and deciduous covers. There are teak, rose wood and many miscellaneous tropical species in the semi-evergreen and wet temperate habitats. Sheltering about 8,000 species of plants, the sanctuary is home to 500 species of both resident and migratory birds. Some of the popular wildlife you can spot include panther, elephant, sloth bear, flying squirrel, wild bear, wild dog etc.

The sanctuary is also known as the Indira Gandhi National Park and Sanctuary and is home to a national park. The sanctuary was notified in 1974 and almost 108 sq km of three of its habitats including Karian Shola, Grass hills and Manjampatty were notified as national parks in 1989. This sanctuary was declared a tiger reserve in 2008. It is situated about 90 km from Coimbatore.

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