Introduction to Silent Valley National Park
Located in the midst of the Kundali Hills of the Western Ghats, the Silent Valley National Park is the only evergreen forests in India, still in its virgin form. This National Park is located at an altitude of 658 to 2383 meters above the sea level. The Silent Valley National Park is well known for a rare reserve of plants and herbs as well as wide species of animal life. What make the Silent valley national park in Kerala different from other wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala is the shadowy wooded surroundings with high peaks and intercepting rivers. September to march is the ideal time to visit this wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. This park, declared a reserve forest by the government of Chennai in 1914 is known as the Sairandhrivanam by the locals. The Silent valley national park is located in the Palghat district of Kerala.
Description of Silent Valley National Park
The Silent Valley national park is the last bit of the virgin tract of tropical evergreen forests in India. The wildlife here is rich, with the elephants, tigers and lion tailed macaques being the most common inhabitants of the park. This is perhaps the only place where you will find a large number of peninsular animals, over a 100 different varieties of butterflies and 400 species of moths and fauna like the Great Indian Hornbill, Ceylon Frog Moth, Nilgiri laughing Thrush and the Lin tailed Macaque. The beauty of the Silent valley national park is enhanced by the flowing River Kunthi which comes down from the Nilgiris and cuts across the entire area of the park, with its crystal clear rippling waters.
How to reach Silent Valley National Park
Palakkad is the closest Railway station to the Silent Valley National Park, 75 km away. The Airport at Coimbatore is nearest at a distance of 55 kms from this wildlife sanctuary in Kerala.