Annamalai wildlife sanctuary
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Annamalai wildlife sanctuary

  • Location : 90-Km From Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

  • Coverage area : 958 Sq.Kms

  • Main attraction : Porcupine, Elephant

  • Best time to visit : January to February and June

  • Nearby excursions : Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

  • Nearby cities : Coimbatore


Nature is believed to be the escape city dwellers take from the modernisation of the cities- it takes us back to simplicity, it takes us back to us, and this makes nature so beautiful and thus the surrounding where nature dwells and resides becomes beautiful so is the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Every wildlife enthusiast knows places like the Kaziranga National Park, the Gir forest and Jim Corbett. While they tick off these places off their list, they are constantly looking for places which are less known so that they get the pure joy of exploring the wildlife. Among these places, comes a really unique tiger reserve- The Annamalai Tiger Reserve.


Location of annamalai wildlife sanctuary

The Sanctuary rests in the Annamalai Hills, in the Southern Western Ghats. The Sanctuary spreads in four talukas of Pollachi, Valparai of the Coimbatore district, Kodaikanal in Dindigul District, and Udumalpet of Tiruppur District in Tamil Nadu. The Annamalai Tiger Reserve has its headquarters situated in Pollachi. Geographically, it lies between the 76o and 77o E longitudes and 10o and 11o N latitudes.


Geographical landscapes

The Sanctuary is a luscious green patch of land which makes one feel at peace. The topography of the area makes it look like a green blanket covering the patch of Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary is a tropical wet evergreen forest which is why it is covered with dry scrub forests and grasslands. The topography also contributes to the streams that flow in the hills and make this place habitable for the plants and animals.


Climatic conditions

The sanctuary is a mix of a deciduous forest, tropical wet evergreen and, tropical moist deciduous, which also means that the temperature ranges from 14-32 degree Celsius during March to February, and to a crisp 6-24 degree Celsius during the months of November to February, the temperature can go down to 0 degree Celsius in the higher elevations during winters. Considering the fact that this is primarily an Evergreen forest you should avoid the rainy months. The annual rainfall reaches up to 800 mm in this region. The streams keep the area cool, while the long trees provide shade in the scorching heat of the summers.


Nearby wildlife sanctuaries

Since the Sanctuary is located on the Western Ghats belt, it is surrounded by several other sanctuaries and national parks. So if you are done exploring the wonders and stories

Annamalai has to tell, go explore some of these sanctuaries too:-

  • Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Munnar. 107 km

  • Eravikulam National Park, Idukki. 152 km.

  • Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Thunakadavu. 74 km.

  • Silent Valley National Park, Mannarkkad. 168 km.

  • Periyar National Park, Kerala. 303 km.


Ideal time for visiting the tiger reserve

If you aren’t looking forward to getting drenched in sweat or rainwater, then you should consider going to Anamalai in winters- it is the best time to visit the sanctuary and experience the nature at its best. The rains make the forest too muddy and slippery, while if you travel in the summers, then you are asking for a heatstroke to hit you up. The climate in the winter is pleasant and cold, and there are high chances for you to catch a sight of the animals in their natural and cosy habitat. It is best to avoid travelling in the months of June and August as it is the peak of monsoon, and if it doesn’t rain, it gets too warm and humid.


The flora

The western ghats are home to multiple types of animals and plants. While people mainly visit the wildlife sanctuaries to get a glimpse of the animals residing there, many miss out on the beautiful and diverse flora that makes the sanctuary habitable for the animals. The flora acts as the nurturing mother’s womb for the animals. The Tiger Reserve supports various habitat types like the wet evergreen forests, semi-evergreen forests, moist deciduous, dry deciduous, dry thorn and forests. It also supports the growth of montane grasslands, marshy grasslands and savannah. You can find extensive man-made teak plantations. You will also witness the growth of exotic trees like the eucalyptus, wattle and pines as well. There are approximately 800 species of plants in this region. Some of the other dominating tree species in this region are Rhododendron, Palanquin Ellipticum, Dalbergia, Venteak, Acacias, Hopea, Terminalia, etc.


The fauna

The objective of visiting a wildlife sanctuary is, well, the Wildlife. The wildlife makes a sanctuary extraordinary and different from the mundane and boring cities. Many people like to see and observe the huge, gigantic animals because they are so different from us humans, but when you start observing these animals greatly, you realise how unique creatures are similar to us. Anamalai makes you realise this with the great diversity of wildlife it has to offer. Since it is a tiger reserve, it is home to the endangered tigers of India. The Tigers, Leopards and the Dhole are the main predators of this region. The Elephants, Gaur, Wild Boars, Sambar and the Giant Quirrel, are some animals you will definitely get to see here. You might also get to see Lion-tailed Macaque Gaur, Nilgiri Tahr, Chital, Mouse Deer, Tiger, Panther, Wild Dog, Elegant and Wild Dog.

As for the creatures in the sky, i.e. the birds, Annamalai is home to the parakeets, hill mynas, grey hornbills, and barbets. You’ll be lucky if you spot the Ceylon frogmouth, the Great Pied Hornbills, and the Malabar Trogon. There are many types of frogs, cobras and snakes living in this region.


Distance from major cities

  • Pollachi, 67 km

  • Coimbatore, 111 km

  • Palakkad, 113 km

  • Palani, 121 km

  • Tiruppur, 132 km

  • Munnar, 156 km

  • Kodaikanal, 184 km

  • Idukki, 191 km

  • Ooty, 218 km

  • Kochi, 233 km

  • Kozhikode, 239 km

  • Madurai, 241 km

  • Thodapuzha, 249 km

  • Tiruchirappalli, 278 km

  • Wayanad, 296 km

  • Kannur, 328 km

  • Trivandrum, 427 km

  • Bangalore, 460 km

  • Pondicherry, 475 km

  • Chennai, 603 km

  • Hyderabad, 1034 km

  • Mumbai, 1450 km

  • Kolkata, 2219 km

  • Delhi, 2600 km


How to reach the national park ?

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Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by multiple other sanctuaries and national parks, hence, this region is well connected and easily accessible from some of the major cities nearby. Here are all the transportation tips you’ll need to know to get to Annamalai Sanctuary:

Nearest airport.

The closest Airport to Annamalai is the Coimbatore airport, which is approximately 111 km away. From the airport, there are taxis easily available which will take you to the Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary. It is better to book an Ola or an UBER since taxi drivers can charge higher than necessary.

Nearest railway station

The nearest railway station is Pollachi. From the railway station, you can get a taxi or bus to reach the sanctuary.

Road transport

The sanctuary is easily accessible via road. There are several public transportation services available like the private and public buses. You can always opt for private taxis and car services. Also, it is well connected to various cities nearby like Coimbatore, Pollachi, Palani, etc.

Accommodation facilities

You can stay at the Forest Rest Houses, i.e. dormitories provided by the Forest department. There are a number of hotels and resorts available in Palani and Pollachi. You can use apps like Airbnb to find decent accommodation according to your priorities, AirBnB’s are easy on the pocket too.

Some of the good resorts and hotels around the area are:

  • Kairali - The Ayurvedic Healing Village.

  • Vivanta Surya, Coimbatore

  • Welcome Hotel Coimbatore

  • iBis Coimbatore City Centre

Things to do in and around annamalai wildlife sanctuary

The Tiger Reserve has a lot to offer for its visitors. You can pack your backpack and trek through the hills of Annamalai. There are Elephant rides that take you through the jungle; it’s a fun activity to do with your family. Take your cameras out and capture the beauty of Anamalai Sanctuary through your lens. Take a forest ride into the jungle- you will be assisted by a driver who also acts as your guide. You can also do some bird watching and witness the harmony amongst these lovely creatures. You can also visit the Eco shop and buy some goodies.

Places to visit around annamalai wildlife sanctuary

There are several other sanctuaries around the area; you may go there and look at how these are different and explore their beauty. One can also try the local food and get to know the local people, which will help soak in the culture of the place.

Travel tips

Carry comfortable cotton clothes, especially khaki clothes since they will help you camouflage with the surrounding while you go out for Safari. If your clothes are too vibrant, they will scare off the animals.


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