Anamalai Hills – The Elephant Mountain
Anaimalai hills often called the “The Elephant Mountain” are home to the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary. The forest area which is approximately 600 sq miles is lush green with streams and wildlife in abundance. The place is blessed with all the rarest species of birds and animals. A drive from Chalakudy to Pollachi, that is the route via Valparai bless you with fresh air, pleasant weather, and wildlife spotting which includes elephants, deer, tigers, and crocodiles. Nature lovers, trekkers, and mountaineers get excited by the treasures of Valparai that meet their passion. A trip to Valparai takes you to the culture, tradition, and charm of Western Ghats. The major attractions of Valparai include Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary (Anamalai Sanctuary), Thoonakkadavu Lake, Parambikulam Sanctuary, Varagaliar Elephant Camp, Kolikamuthi Elephant Camp, Mt Stuart Block, etc.
Anamalai is the perfect weekend getaway for those who love a trip to the forest. Literally meaning ‘elephant hill’, the destination contains tropical jungle, shola forest, and grasslands. It stands at an elevation of 2400 and is famous for its tiger reserve. A trek through the forest will allow you to see rare varieties of fauna, including lion-tailed macaques, peacocks, crocodiles, elephants, and of course, tigers.
If you are going from Kerala, it is better to take the route through Chalakkudy. The path will lead you through Vazhachal, Ezhattumukham, Athirappilly, Sholayar, and finally Anamalai. The places are exceptional tourist destinations in their own right