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Silent Valley National Park, Kerala

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Silent Valley National Park, is a national park with a core zone of 236.74km2 . It is located in the Nilgiri Hills, within the Palakkad District of Kerala, South India. This region was explored in 1847 by the botanist Robert Wight, and is a setting for the epic Mahabharatha.This park is one of the last undisturbed tracts of South Western Ghats mountain rain forests and tropical moist evergreen forest in India. Contiguous with the proposed Karimpuzha National Park to the north and Mukurthi National Park to the north-east, it is the core of the Nilgiri International Biosphere Reserve, and is part of The Nilgiri Sub-Cluster, Western Ghats World Heritage Site, recognised by UNESCO in 2007.Plans for a hydroelectric project that threatened the park's rich wildlife stimulated an environmentalist social movement in the 1970s, known as the Save Silent Valley movement, which resulted in cancellation of the project and creation of the park in 1980. The visitors' centre for the park is at Sairandhri.
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  • As a westerner, the entry fee was ridiculous, around 20 times as much as a local. On top of that you need to pay for the jeep and guide to get in so it's a very expensive day out. They only let you sp...  more »
  • A very silent place (obviously), it's a long drive on really bad roads in jeeps you might want to avoid if you have a bad back. Go early in the morning for higher probability of animal spotting. 
  • Foe people like quite and love nature. Very old trees and all well control by the government of india.People who must really love the nature should visit this place 
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  • Nothing much to say... This place is awesome! We didn't book (advisable to book in advance due to limited trip a day) for a trip as it is a weekday, reached at 7 morning. After payment at Mukkali office the journey begins on forest arranged jeep, a 21km off-road to the top. Few tiny waterfalls enroute. Our driver cum guide enlightened us with information from his 15 years of experience in this route. Advisable to carry some food along as the canteen on top doesn't cater at all times and some salt to get rid of the leeches. The drinking water you get here at canteen is fresh from the nature. There are only two attractions on top the watchtower and Kunthi (a river untouched by any human for 22 km) only can be viewed from a hanging bridge, walking down towards river is easy but back to top is tedious (2.5 km up & down). If lucky can get to see few animals. Total time for the complete trip is 5 hours. Hope this helps!
  • Awesome Place for Nature lovers! But Don't expect too much of animal sighting since it is a rain forest!! One of the must visit places in Kerala... Beware of leeches!! Before planning the trip, read the instructions specified on the silent valley website
  • Silent Valley can be considered as the treasure house of many rare flora and fauna and is among the most ecologically diverse areas in this planet. There is a river called Kunti that flows through this national park This tropical rain forest is famous for sighting the almost extinct Lion Tailed macaque. Silent Valley is preserved well by the authorities and it remains as one of the magical gifts of nature. The visit to the Valley and Kunti river will take only a day via Mannarkad from where Jeeps are available, and you can return back to Palakkad the same evening after visiting the park between 8AM to 2PM. Park is also called as Indira Gandhi National Park after the late Prime Minister Indiragandhi who declared this area as a national park who prevented the efforts of Kerala State Electricity Board which wanted to build a dam across the Kunti river.
  • Silent Valley National Park is located in the northeastern corner of Palakkad district, Kerala. Slient Vallay National Park is the rich biodiversity attracts a large number of tourists, professional scientists, field biologists and nature lovers from all around the world. I really enjoy this silent beauty of tropical rain forest and learning for the natural beauty.
  • An excellent place to go for a trek. If you are from Urban areas, you will be amazed at the density of the forest. The trekking guides from the Forest Department are very friendly & helpful. The more you can walk, the better.