The fares for the Morning Star Travels are reasonable, and hence travel by bus is recommended. Trains and taxis can also be availed for travelling up to Coimbatore.
Bus services on this are regularand reservation through bus booking online is user friendly. One may also book online bus tickets for other private liners as well.
Upon reaching Coimbatore, one must board the buses travelling to Palani, which are fairly regular, to reach Pollachi. Pollachi, the major town near the sanctuary, lies between Coimbatore and Palani. From Pollachi, buses and taxis are available, which can be taken to travel to the Topslip village, near the sanctuary, 55 Kms away. The buses from Pollachi leave for Topslip at 6.15am, 11.15am and 3.15pm, returning at 9.30am, 1pm and 6.30pm respectively.
Nestled deep in the Anaimalai, it is home to a plethora of endangered species of flora and fauna. A participant in the Project Tiger, it is under consideration for inclusion as a UNESCO world heritage site. It spans a total of about 958 sq kilometers, including a core conservation zone of 108 sq Kilometers. The altitude varies from 340 meters, up to 2,513 meters above mean sea level. The highest peak in the region, AkkaMalai, rises 2483 meters above sea level.
IGWLS is also home to several indigenous tribal sects, native to the region, namely the Kadars, Malasars, Malaimalasars, Pulaiyars, Muduvars and the Eravallan. The vegetation is mostly tropical and characterized by extensive teak plantations, along with some scattered coffee and tea estates.
The endangered Bengal Tiger is often sighted within the premises of the wildlife reserve. IGWLS has a tiger population of about 36. Other endangered and threatened species which co-habit in the sanctuary include the NilgiriTahr, the Travancore tortoise (which is native only to the western Ghats), Indian Pangolin, leopard, Golden Jackal, the NilgiriLangur, Indian civets, the Lion tailed Macaque etc. Home to over 250 different exotic bird species, it is one of the few places where the endangered Great Indian Hornbill still thrives. It also houses over 315 species of butterflies, of which 44 are found exclusively in the Western Ghats.
The elephant camp at Kozhikamudhi was once used train elephants for employing in timber felling operations. It is now a popular tourist attraction, especially on Pongal, when the elephants are honoured and worshipped during the elaborate festivities.
The park also has a renowned medicinal herb preservation and cultivation facility, and an interpretationcentre.
Time to visit
Peak seasons extend from May to January. The sanctuary remains open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day. Visitors may either hire guides and trek around the park, or book Safari vans.
A large tourist complex has been established at Topslip, which houses several cottages, rooms, and dormitories for visitors.
Other places for boarding and lodging in the vicinity include:
• Coco Lagoon by Great Mount Resort at Pollachi
• Stanmore Bungalow, 64 Kms from Pollachi
• Shakti Hotel, another pocket friendly and reasonably good accommodation option at Pollachi.
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