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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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  • The Silent Valley National Park is a unique and precious piece of geography in India. Set in the southern end of the Western Ghats, it has a Shola forest type of vegetation. Trees one hundred feet tal...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Some of the last remaining rainforests that have been almost untouched by human civilisation. Visitors must appreciate the fact that this is deliberately not touristy in order to preserve the sanctity of the place. Go here if you really revere nature.
  • Get forested:p ( only 4 kms inside the forest is allowed for visitors; there is a watchtower for good views)
  • Good destination for those who love nature and forests. A refreshing experience with 5 hours inside forest.
  • Do not set your Google maps to take you to Silent Valley National Park. Because I followed the map to nowhere. Instead search for Silent Valley National Park range office in Mukkali. They have two buses and about 20 jeeps that can take you into the forest. The drive takes about 2 hours one way. There's a watchtower and a 2 km trek to a hanging bridge. Wildlife that you may see are birds, lion tailed monkeys, guaranteed sighting of Malabar Giant Squirrel, Indian Gaur, a variety of birds like the Emerald Dove, Paradise Flycatcher, Hornbill, etc.
  • Enjoy the Beauty of Rain Forest...... An amazing Place on the earth.... Govt. Arranged the trekking for Tourists....Don't miss the Feel of Nature...