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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.