Anaimalai Tiger Reserve, earlier known as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, is a protected area, located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The park was named after former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, who visited the park on 7 October 1961 and later it was declared a tiger reserve. It occupies a total area of 1479.87 kilometre square. The reserve has a rich diversity of flora and fauna, housing a variety of birds and animals. The ideal time to visit the place is during the months of December to June.
The vegetation of the tiger reserve consists of over 2000 plant species, out of which about 400 species are of prime medicinal value.
Mammals: Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, Indian leopard, dhole, Nilgiri tahr, lion-tailed macaque, Indian brown mongoose, gaur, Malabar spiny dormouse, Nilgiri langur, rusty-spotted cat, sambar deer, sloth bear, smooth-coated otter, Indian leopard, Indian pangolin.
Birds: great Indian hornbill, cormorants, ducks, teal, darter, partridge, quail, jungle fowl, spurfowl, Indian peafowl, parakeets, hornbills, Asian barbets, drongos, orioles, shrikes, warblers, Old World flycatchers, woodpeckers, leafbird, trogons, kingfishers, storks, egrets, Lesser fish eagles, hawk eagles, harriers, falcons, kites, owls, nightjars.
Reptiles: the Indian rock python, king cobras, Bengal monitors, Malabar pit vipers, Large-scaled green pit vipers, Nilgiri keelbacks, curious little shield tail snakes, large-scaled forest lizards, Nilgiri forest lizard, flying lizards, Ristella.
The ideal time to visit the place is during the months of December to June.
Nearest Train Station: The nearest railhead is at Pollachi.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is at Coimbatore, located at a distance of 75 km from the reserve.
Road Accessibility : The nearest town is Pollachi, from where bus or taxi can be taken to reach the reserve.