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Not to be confused with Yanaimalai.
SH-17 passing south through the Annaimalai Hills, between Udumalapet and Munnar.
SH-17 passing south through the Annaimalai Hills, between Udumalapet and Munnar.
Anaimalai is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 10°35′N 76°56′E / 10.58°N 76.93°E / 10.58; 76.93Coordinates: 10°35′N 76°56′E / 10.58°N 76.93°E / 10.58; 76.93
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Coimbatore
Elevation 258 m (846 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 16,556
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Anaimalai is a panchayat town in Coimbatore district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.


Anamalai hills near Amaravathi Reservoir

Anaimalai is located at 10°35′N 76°56′E / 10.58°N 76.93°E / 10.58; 76.93.[1] It has an average elevation of 258 metres (846 feet). The nearest village is Vettaikaranpudur.


There are lot of paddy fields and coconut orchards around Anaimalai.


As of 2001 India census,[2] Anaimalai had a population of 16,556. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Anaimalai has an average literacy rate of 71%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 54% of the males and 46% of females literate. 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Higher Secondary schools[edit]

There are three higher secondary schools functioning in Anaimalai town, Government Boys Higher Secondary School, VRT Government Girls Higher Secondary School and Oxford Matriculation Higher Secondary School.

Primary schools[edit]

It also has more than fifteen Government and Private Primary Schools.

Places of worship[edit]

Anaimalai has a number of Hindu Temples, Churches and Masjids. The notable temples are Sri Maasaaniamman Temple, Sri Droupathiamman Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple,Sri Someshwarar Temple,Sri Gowri Shankarar Temple and Sri Malaipperumal Temple. Devotees from various parts of Tamil Nadu and even from other states come to Sri Maasaniamman temple,particularly on Fridays and New moon days.


There are a lot of buses plying between Anaimalai and Pollachi, which is just 14 KM from Anaimalai. Anaimalai is well known for its salubrious climate. The beauty of Anaimalai is enriched by "Aliar" and "Uppar" rivers running through the city. A new bridge was built a few months ago across the river as the old one was in dilapidated condition. Anaimalai is also close to Parambikulam dam, Aliar Dam Attakatti and Valparai.

Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is about 85 km from Downtown Coimbatore and is situated at an altitude of 1,400 meters in the Western Ghats near Pollachi. The area of the sanctuary is 958 km². An ecological paradise, this sanctuary encompasses a National Park. It has recently been renamed as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. Recently, it was converted into an integrated Anamalai Tiger Reserve. Vettaikaranpudur is en route to Topslip from Pollachi.


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Anaimalai
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.