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Topslip is located near Pollachi in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, at an altitude of 800 feet from the sea level on the Anamalai mountain range. It is a part of the protected Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. Topslip is blessed with a gentle altitude, salubrius climate and a vareity of flora and fauna. Its picturesque location and fabulous scenery has made it a popular location for several movie sequences. It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around. It is a Project Elephant sanctuary and a Project Tiger sanctuary. The local administrative control is with the Forest Range Officer under supervision from the Wildlife Warden at Pollachi.
All visitors to Topslip need a permit issued by the Wildlife Warden office of the Forest Department at Pollachi. Residents are exempt from permit. Visitors without a permit may be turned back at the check post. Wildlife Warden (Wildlife Warden Office, 178 Meenkarai Road, Pollachi, Ph: 04259-225356)
Coimbatore airport is the nearest international airport to Topslip - approximately 97 km (via Pollachi). International flights to Singapore, Sharjah are available by Silk Air (A subsidary of Singapore Airlines), Air Arabia and Srilankan Airlines. Domestic airlines fly to Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and other Indian cities.
There are only two buses from Pollachi to Topslip everyday. They leave Pollachi bus station at 6.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. The same bus returns to Pollachi at 8 am and 6 pm.
Coimbatore Junction is the nearest railway station - approximately 42 km. At present, all train services in Pollachi-Coimbatore; Pollachi - Palani, Dindigul; Pollachi - Palakkad sections are stopped due the Meter Gauge to Broad Gauge conversions. Hope the Broad Gauge work will be over by 2011.
As there are only 2 buses per day, hiring taxis will be the viable option, especially if you are planning to get off now and then, take pictures and enjoy the scenery. Though there are lot of tourist taxis and buses, it may not be easy to get one during peak seasons. It is advisable to book your cab in advance and ask your tour guide or cab driver to pick you from Coimbatore Railway station, Airport, Bus terminus or Pollachi Bus Terminus.
Tamil is the most prevalent language but basic English is understood.
Topslip is a place where one can do nothing and come away fresh! The more adventerous can go on forest treks hoping to spot anything from the Indian Bison, several vareities of deer, wild boar, wild elephants, asiatic wild dogs, sloth bear and the elusive tiger. Most animals are nocturnal visitors and therefore a night ride arranged by the forest department is highly recommended. There is an elephant training camp which is worth a visit. Many tourists recommend the elephant safari as it meanders through the forest: lookout for the nilgiri langurs! Though wildcat sighting is rare. However, there is plenty of fauna. Topslip is an ornithologists delight: there are nearly 250 species of birds in the Karian Shola area, but be warned, the dreaded King Cobra is never far off!
There are no private lodges or accomodations. The Forest Department rents out limited self furnished and self catering accomodation. Caretakers for these accomodation will be willing to act as chefs for a fee. All accomodation can be booked only at Pollachi at the Forest Office and cannot be claimed without prior booking.