Located in the Kundali Hills of the Western Ghats, Silent Valley National Park of Kerala, is a unique preserve of tropical evergreen rain forests. This place will stun your senses with its quite grandeur and amazing biodiversity. The rain forests here dates back to almost 50 million years. An untouched silent paradise where the only noise is of the numerous variety of plants, animals, birds and insects.
Silent Valley occupies an area of 237.5 sq km and is a part of Palakkad district with Nilgiri Plateau to its north and Mannarkkad plains to the south.
Exploring Silent Valley
Other than giant ancient trees and variety of plants you can also spot elephants, tigers, leopards, wild boar, the endangered lion-tailed macaques and many birds in this park. You can find 110 species of orchids, over 34 species of mammals, 200 species of butterflies, 400 species of moths, 128 species of beetles and 150 species of birds over here.
From the Nilgiri Hills here, you can see the descent of the River Kunthi from a height of 2000 meters . It flows through the entire valley and gushes towards the plains through the deep gorge. The perennial River Kunthi is always crystal clear and wild- it never turns brown.
Trekking in Silent Valley National Park
Trekking is a popular activity here but only serious trekkers must come to Silent Valley. Trekking in this undulating land of thick forests is not an easy task. With all needed permission trekker’s can stay in any of the five camps of the forest department set deep in the wilds. Trek routes are chosen depending on the number of days(generally 1-5). You can get permits and guides at the forest department office at Mukkali.
Reaching Silent Valley
Coimbatore is the nearest airport . Mukkali is around 65 kilometers from Coimbatore. The drive from Coimbatore to Mukkali is a very pleasant one because of the picturesque surroundings. By train, you can reach Palghat junction of Palakkad which is at 60 kilometers from Mukkali. Kochi is 175 kms away.
Stay and Food
Book your tickets well in advance for accommodation at the forest guest house of Mukkali. Mukkali has some restaurants offering decent food and bottled water for the visitors. There are resorts, hotels and private homestays a few kilometers away from Mukkali and at Mannarkkad.
Entry fee at Silent Valley National Park
Exit Timings 5:00 PM
Some tips to remember
- Carry table salt to remove the leeches in the jungle.
- Have mosquito repellant with you.
- Do not be too flashy.
- Travel light.
- Camera and binocular are a must.
Best time to visit: September to March
Silent Valley National Park is truly a hidden gem in India. If you are planning a vacation to God’s own country, Silent Valley is definitely worth a visit.
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