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Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park is sitauted at Mukkalil, 20 km from Mannarkkad town in Palakkad District, Malabar, Kerala, India.

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1 Understand 1.1 History 1.2 Landscape 1.3 Flora and fauna 1.4 Climate The park is actually named Indira Gandhi National Park, and Silent Valley is the name of the place, but it is also called Silent Valley National Park. It is a wonderful place to visit for tourists. Contact details: The Wildlife Warden, Silent Valley National Park, Mannarkkad, Palakkad dist, Kerala. PIN – 678582. Phone: 04924-222056, 04924253225, +918589895652, mail@silentvalley.gov.in History Silent Valley is considered one of the most ecologically diverse areas on the planet. In the 1950s, the Kerala State Electricity Board wanted to build a dam across the Kunti river, which flowed in the deep forest. Nationwide protests in India by environmentalists and mass publicity by the media led the then prime minister, Indira Gandhi to order the state government to abolish the hydroelectric project. The area was declared a National Park. Karuvara waterfall Landscape Tropical evergreen forest, the highest peak is 2,383 meteres above sea level. Huge trees, thick undergrowth. Heavy rains during the monsoons. Shola grasslands higher up. Core forest: 89 sq.km. Buffer Zone: 148 sq.km. Total area: 237 sq.km. The tourists are taken 22 km into the buffer zone and only 1 km inside the core forest. You can see the board 'Silent Valley National Park' at the entrance of the buffer zone. You will see the same board again after 22 kilometers at the entrance of the core forest. The ride back is in the same route. Flora and fauna The park is inhabited by 16 species of birds, 34 species of mammals, 730 species of insects, 128 species of butterflies, and a 1,000 species of flowering plants. The mammals in the park include the threatened lion-tailed macaque, tiger, panther, leopard cat, civet, mongoose, otter, sloth bear, flying squirrel, Indian pangolin, porcupine, wild boar, deer, elephant, giant squirrel, Nilgiri tahr, Peshwa’s bat and the hairy-winged bat. Climate Humid during the rains (June, July, August), otherwise generally hot and tropical.

Silent Valley National Park

Getting Around

Mukkali junction @ Silent Valley National Park Entry into the valley is allowed only from 8 am to 1 pm. The Forest Department deliberately does not allow going to the valley early in the morning to minimize disturbance to the animals. Every vehicle will have a free guide. The vehicle will move slowly all the 23 km and they will stop a few times on the way for five minute photo sessions. Animal sightings are quite rare and the view from the watch tower at the end is quite spectacular. Only 12 adults are allowed into the watch tower at a time. But a large number of Indians ignore this warning and get into it creating a dangerous situation to the fragile structure. This point is 1,050 meters above sea level. You can trek down to Kunthi river and see the hanging bridge. One hour is allowed in this place. Apart from that, the trip can disappoint you if you are not a tree bum. Thick vegetation of the silent valley evergreen forest is the only attraction. The road is unpaved and the terrain very bumpy. They take a total of five hours for the trip. If you forget to take drinking water, you are lucky, very tasty mineral water is available free behind the parking space at the watch tower. If you are carrying a bottle of commercial 'mineral water', you can empty the bottle and fill it to the brim with this pristine water. Distance Signboards The signboards of the government on the main road outside can mislead you because distance to the park is shown including the 22 km inside the park. So every time you see 'Silent Valley National Park', you have to reduce 22 km. Similarly the distance to 'Attappadi' means that so many km more to finish Attappadi region and not so many km to reach Attappadi. You cannot reach Attappadi because it is not a place but a region. The entire stretch between Mukkali and Agali is called 'Attappadi' and Agali town is also sometimes referred to as Attappadi.

Silent Valley National Park

Things to do

Take a bath in the Bhawani River at Mukkali. Take a bath in the river, Mukkali (1 km). The pristine waters of the River Bhavani will refresh you beyond description. Bhawani is the only east flowing river of Kerala state. All other rivers of Kerala flow westwards and terminate in the Arabian ocean. Bhavani river originates in the Silent Valley forest and flows 217 km towards Tamil Nadu and joins the Cauvery river. (updated May 2015) Get a taste of Tamil Nadu, Anakatty border (36km). Take a bus to Anakkatty village. Cross the border to Tamil Nadu by walking. A bridge with a temple separates the Kerala state from Tamil Nadu state. The other side of the village is also called Anakkatty. But, over there, everything is in Tamil Nadu style. Back to Kerala, everything has a distinct Malayali touch. The bus station is on the Kerala side and the auto rikshaw parking is on the other side of the bridge. There are separate Autorikshaw parking for the differently colored Kerala and Tamil Nadu rikshaws. Immediately before the bridge, you can see a checkpost of Kerala. (updated May 2015) Village visit: Pakkulam, Pakkulam (7 km on Anakkatty Road). Karmel Catholic church, St.Joseph Ashram, Church of God Bethel, Ayyappa Temple, Scenic Srikara foot overbridge, St. George convent. (updated May 2015) Village visit: Thavalam (10 km on Anakkatty Road). Sahiyan Meditation centre, Juma masjidh, Galaxy restaurant. scenic surroundings. Bhavani river. (updated May 2015)

Silent Valley National Park