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Silent Valley National Park, Kerala
Have you ever heard a forest!!!
If you have keenly observed and tried to listen to a forest, particularly at night, you can here Cicadas making a distinctive noise; interestingly, you do not come across Cicadas noise at Sairandhrivanam, which has given the valley a synonymous name as Silent Valley. The habitation of Lion-tailed Macauques, Macaca silenus, might also be the reason for the name Silent Valley. The danger for Macauques led the authorities to declare Silent Valley as National Park in 1985.
As per the Local legend, Draupadi during 13 years exile of Pandavas was disguised as Sairandri, a daasi's name of Queen Sudeshna. Only after British botanist Robert Wight, in 1847, explored Kundali hills of the Western Ghats in Kerala, Palakkad district, the valley was called as Silent Valley. Like all national parks and valleys of Western Ghats, Silent valley is rich in its luscious flora and abundant fauna.
Rarest of herbs, plants, and tress could be found the Silent Valley forest with four kinds of distinctive biosphere with tropical hill forests, temperate forests, grasslands, and tropical evergreen trees. You can find endangered Macauques, Wild Boars, Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, numerous varieties of birds, insects, butterflies, moths, reptiles like Snakes, wild Lizards and other amphibian species. The availability of rocks-granites, Schists (rocks with minerals like micas, chlorite, graphite etc.), and genesic rocks -has attracted many mining agencies, which are responsible for the disruption of the calm and sereneness in the valley.
National Park is at the approximate altitude of 658-2383 meters from the sea level. It is almost rectangular in shape with 7 × 12 km dimension with pure crystal clear Kuntipuzha River divides the national park into two divisions. The Park is near to national parks like Karimpuzha National Park (225 km to the North), Mukurthi National Park (78.46 km to the north east).
The visit to the park should be avoided during the south west monsoon between June and September, and north east monsoon during October and November.
Booking rooms in advance, one can stay in the forest department guest house. Few ordinary eateries serve the need of food at Mukkali.
To visit the national Park one needs Permission form Kerala Forest Department and they cannot stay in the national park. While trekking look for leeches which suck your blood without your knowledge!
How to get there
The closest railway station is in Palakkad (75 km), airport in Coimbatore (55 km) in Kerala. Busses are available from Mukkali, and Mannarkkad.
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