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Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park (Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu)

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Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Indira Gandhi National Park Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Indira Gandhi National Park

Indira Gandhi wildlife Sanctuary and national park (IGWLS&NP) is a protected area situated within the Anaimalai Hills of Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalpet taluks of Coimbatore District and Tirupur District, Tamil Nadu state, South India.

The park is named after former Indian prime minister indira gandhi who visited the park on 7 Oct 1961. "Topslip" situated within the northeast corner of the park is derived from the local 19th century practice of sliding timber logs down the hills from here.

The area was notified as Anaimalai wildlife Sanctuary in 1974. of its unique habitats at 3 places – Karian Shola, Grass hills, Manjampatti valley were notified as a national park in 1989. The 108 sq. kilometres (42 sq mi) national park is the core area of the 958 sq. kilometres (370 sq mi) indira gandhi wildlife Sanctuary. IGWS was declared a Project Tiger tiger reserve in 2008.

The Park and the Sanctuary is under consideration by UNESCO as part of The Western Ghats World Heritage site. The Sanctuary and the Palni Hills in Dindigul District form the Anaimalai Conservation space.

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