Silent Valley National Park
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Brief

Nestled at the heart of Nilgiri Forest reserve, the Silent Valley National Park is perhaps one of the most wonderful gifts Mother nature has given to mankind. Enclosed within towering ridges and steep hills, silent Valley National Park is a niche of ecological harmony. Located 40 km away from Mannarkkad, Palakkar district of North Kerala, it is a unique and extremely fragile preserve of tropical evergreen rainforests. These forests are a nursery to an extensive variety of flora and fauna, some of which bloom only within the park and nowhere else. The park is a rich storehouse of biodiversity and is every botanist's dream destination. It is abode to over a thousand species of flowering plants which include about 110 species of orchids and more than 34 species of mammals. The pristine river Kunthi descends from an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and meanders across the valley through the dense forests. The water never turns muddy and is always crystal clear. The climate remains cool and the air is fresh and unspoiled. At nightfall, the sky turns into a dazzling blanket of stars adding to the surrounding an almost numinous and ethereal quality which is a pleasant change from the din of city life. The twinkling fireflies light up the trees and the humming of insects, the bubbling of brooks, the croaking of frogs and the trill of gushing waters sound like music to your ears, calming you down and pulling you into a dreamy slumber.

The park can be reached from its outhern part, thorugh Mukkali. On the Anakatti road, you will see signboards indicating the way to the park. While driving to Mukkali from Palakkad is another road which the Anakatti road, you will see signboards indicating the way to the park. 

 
Travel Tips

One is allowed to enter the areas that are otherwise closed for specific research purposes, but even for this permission has to be sought from the Chief Conservator of Forests in Thirvananthapuram. 



When to visit

  • Jan
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  • July
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Things to do

A drive to watchtower at Sairandhi is the perfect way to enjoy the bautiful valley. Its also your best chance to spot deer, langurs, Malabar giant squirrels, birds, and if you are lucky, even a leopard or a herd of elephants. Besides the dense flora around you, look for pugmarks of big cats, such as tigers adn leopards. Be cautious of leeches, which thrive in plenty here. Carry some salt as antidote.

The watchtower at Sairandhri gives the visitor a panoramic view of the beautigul valley below and some of the peaks of the Nilgiris in the far horizons. The Interpretation Centre near the watchtower has information and photographs about the park.

Children wilol love the innovative jungle orchestra at the centre, wherein the sound of a particluar animal can be reproduced at the press of a button.

A short trekking from Sairandhri watchtower to Kunthi river is a must do and needs no special permit. The more adventourus tourists can trek the entire 23 km stretch from Mukkali to Sairandhri, which will take around 5 hours one way. The path is full of leeches and is certainly not for the faint-hearted.

There were certain paths chalked out for trekking, suh as one along the Kunthi river till poochapara, which went further up till Walakkad Division and Angida.

 

 
Getting Around

Jeeps run by the forest department will take you to the watchtower and back at Mukkali. 

 

 

 

 
Places to Stay

The forest department guest house which also doubles up as the Information Centre, is quite basic but comfortable.

Palakkad has a few decent hotels, but some of the nicest are outside the town.

 
How to Reach

  • Peelamedu Airport, Coimbatore (2.5hrs), is connected to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
  • Palakkad junction is connected to all major cities by daily trains. From Bengaluru, the best bet would be the Bengaluru-Kanyakumari Express till Palakkad junction. If you are travelling from Mumbai or Delhi on the Konkan Railway, then Shornur junction is the closest rail head. From Mumbai you can take the Netravati Express, and from Delhi, the Trivandrum Rajdhani. Kerala Express daily from Daily and Allepey Express from Chennai.
  • Mukkali is on he Mannarkad-Anakatii-Coimbatore road. From Palakkad, take NH213 to Mannarkad and then the Anakatti road to Mukkali. Palakkad is connected by a good network of overnight buses from Bangaluru, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram.

 
Surrounding Attractions

Silent Valley is not oriented towards tourism, so there is not much for visitors to do here. A little bit of photography and the occasions sighting of wildlife is all that you can hope for. However, this national park is an ideal destination for those looking to get away from the daily grind of city life and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the forests.

 
Emergency No.

Chief wildlife warden-.ph : 0471-2321610, mob:9447979007

Assistant wildlife warden- tel .ph : 04924-253225