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How To Reach Anamalai Tiger Reserve
Anamalai Tiger Reserve spread about 958.59 sq. km lies in the Western Ghats, south to the Palakkad Gap. The Anamalai Tiger Reserve is on Tamil Nadu’s border on the southern section of the Anamalai range of hills linking the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The Tiger Reserve extends between Kodaikanal of Dindugal district, Udumalpet of Tirupur district and Pollachi and Valparai of Coimbatore district. The official nerve centre of Anamalai Tiger Reserve is at Pollachi.
The easiest way to reach Anamalai Tiger Reserve would be by train to Coimbatore and then a road trip to the Sanctuary.
The nearest airport is at Coimbatore that is about 75 km from the Reserve. Coimbatore International Airport serves international flights to Singapore, Sharjah and Colombo and domestic flights to Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi. You can hire a cab from the airport to Anamalai Tiger Reserve.
The nearest railway station is at Pollachi. Trains from Chennai, Palani, Palakkad, Thirunelveli, Thiruchendur, and Coimbatore halt at Pollachi. You could hire a cab from Pollachi to Anamalai Tiger Reserve. Otherwise you could take a train to Coimbatore that is well connected by a larger railway network to places like Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Haryana, New Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Patna. From Coimbatore railway station a cab can be rented for a trip to Anamalai Tiger Reserve.
The nearest major town is Pollachi and although Pollachi serves bus routes to Kerala, Madurai, Dindugal, Palani and other towns close by, there are a limited number of buses from Pollachi to Anamalai Tiger Reserve. You could travel by bus to Pollachi and hire a taxi to the Tiger Reserve. The next best option would be to drive your own car to Anamalai Tiger Reserve. The Western Ghats are lush and verdant throughout the year and it is blissful driving through at your own pace, stopping often to take in the sights.
Private vehicles to Anamalai Tiger Reserve might not be allowed to go beyond Sethumadai, which is the entrance to the Reserve at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Only vehicles that travel through the Tiger Reserve to Parambikulam Tiger Reserve on the Kerala border will drive past Sethumadai. From Sethumadai to Topslip (Anamalai) guided tours will be conducted in vehicles provided by the forest department and private cars are to be parked in designated parking lots.