HILLS, a range of mountains in southern India, in the Coimbatore district of Madras,
lying between 10° 13' and 10° 31' N. lat., and between 76° 52' and 77°
23' E. long.,
forming a portion of the Western Ghats, after this range has been broken by the
Palghat Pass, south of the Nilgiris. They really consist of a forest-clad and grassy
tableland, with summits rising about 8000 ft.; the Anaimudi mountain, which is the
highest in southern India, having an altitude of 8850 ft. Their geological formation
is metamorphic gneiss, veined with felspar and quartz, and interspersed with reddish
porphyrite. The lower slopes yield valuable teak and other timber; and some land
has been taken up for coffee planting. The only inhabitants are a few wild tribes
who live by hunting and collecting jungle produce.
Location: Along The Western Ghats
Also Called: Elephant Hills
Attractions: Some of the places to
be visited: Monkey Falls, Aliyar, the Crocodile Breeding Centre at Amaravati, Indira
Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, Attakatti, Mirar, Kullipatti, Manompally,
Chinnar, Varagaliar, Manjampatty, etc.
ANNAMALAI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY :
Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary
and National Park (also called Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary) is a full-fledged visitor's
centre at Top slip, This sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 1,400 metres in
the western ghats near Pollachi. The area of the sanctuary is 958 Sq. Kms. It has
various kinds of exotic fauna like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sloth bear, pangolin,
black headed oriole, green pigeon and civet cat. The Amaravathy reservoir in the
Anamalais has a large number of crocodiles. There are also many places of scenic
beauty such as Karain Shola, Anaikunthi shola, Grass hills, waterfalls,groves ,teak
forests,estates,dams and reservoirs.
Arrangements are available at Topslip to take tourists around the Sanctuary on elephant
back or by van.
HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest airport is at Coimbatore.
The nearest railway station is at Pollachi from where there are trains to Coimbatore
Road : There
are regular buses from Coimbatore and Palani to Pollachi, which is the nearest big
town. To reach Topslip by road tourists can catch a bus or hire a taxi from Pollachi.
Divide the text into air, rail and road.
WHERE TO STAY
There are many lodges and
rest houses available at the lodges in Topslip, which must be to be booked in advance
at the Wildlife Warden Office, 178 Meenkarai Road, in Pollachi. Ambuli Illam at
Top Slip, distance 2-km from the reception center, is the best place to visit and
stay and it also has a restaurant. There are several other places to visit Pollachi