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.

Resource: Silent Valley National Park – The Richest Expression of life on Earth

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