Anamalai Tiger Reserve
Anamalais (Elephant Hills), located in the Western Ghats just south of the Palghat Gap, a global biodiversity hotspot spreads over 958 sq.km., was maintained as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park since 1976. In 2007 it was declared as Anamalai Tiger Reserve and it plays an important role in the ecological security, environmental stability and economic well being of the region.
Anamalai Tiger Reserve falls witnin three taluks namely, Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalpet with six territorial ranges viz., Pollachi, Valparai, Ulandi, Manomboly, Udumalpet and Amaravathy. The forest tracts of Anamalais exhibiting a wide diversity in terrain, elevation and climate supports diverse vegetation of striking difference. Thus, the forest types form luxuriant tropical evergreen forests to thorn forests and scrub jungles are represented here.