Topslip “The pollution free heavenly land” Topslip is located above the 800 feet from the sea level on the Anamalai mountain range and in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve. It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around. The unique teak forests, Bamboo forest also located near Topslip.
The Sanctuary is highly diverse in its topography, altitude, rainfall, climate and temperature. Therefore, it naturally supports a wide variety of flora and fauna including several rare, endemic and endangered species of plants and animals. Diversity of landscape and its components enchants one and all alike be he a tourist, a trekker, an anthropologist, a wildlifer or a naturalist.
Valparai, Topslip and Parambikulam
Topslip to Valparai is about 65 Kms. The two small Places with in the (958 km2) Anamalai Tiger Reserve (formerly Indira Gandhi National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary) lies in the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. at the southern part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the Anamalai Hills. Separated from the Nilgiri Hills by the Palghat Gap on the north, the Park is contiguous to the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) to its west and to the Eravikulam National Park (Kerala) and Chinnar Wild life santuary.
Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is the most protected ecological piece of Anamalai Mountain sub part of Western Ghats, surrounded on all sides by protected areas and sanctuaries of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the sanctuary is endowed with a peninsular flora and fauna which are excellently conserved due to total protection and minimal human interferences. The sanctuary being a major ecological continuum from Peechhi to Eravikulam through Anamalai aids the large viable populations of wildlife. It is the home ground for different races of indigenous people who are as well an integral part of the prevailing harmonious ecosystem. The thick, opulent habitat of the sanctuary with ample water supplys make it an abode for wildlife and there by for tourist who can have treasured memories of animal sightings and that of being in the lap of mother nature
Western Ghats is one of the world’s 34 bio diversity hotspots. While considering the abundance of Wildlife and the adorable beauty of Nature, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is perhaps the most attractive piece of wilderness in the entire stretch of Western Ghats. Thus it is popularly revered as ‘Nature’s own abode’. It has a total area of 285 Sq. Kms.
Reaching Topslip and Parambikulam
Reaching Topslip from Pollachi and then by road to Top Slip (35 km), the entry point to Topslip and Parambikulam. There are regular buses from Pollachi at 6 am and 3 pm. The bus returns to Pollachi at 8 am and 6 pm. Hired cars/taxis are also available at Pollachi.
(Tourist Tips : Select first and 2nd day for Valparai area, then select 3rd day for Topslip and Parambikulam area for your easy travel)
Reaching Topslip from Valparai is abut 70 kms. Via Aliyar Dam, Annamalai Town and Sethumadai, Valparai to Topslip is itself an exotic experience. En route is the Anamalai Tiger Reserve Sanctuary where lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri and the common langur, Malabar giant squirrel, elephant, gaur, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer and wild boar reside. you can also visit the Monkey Falls, Aliyar Dam, Park, and several tourist spots. ( Via Aliyar and Sethumadai)
Reaching Parambikulam from Topslip is about 2 kms. Parambikulam forest check post staffs will guide you to enter the santuary.