Silent Valley National Park,Kerala,India -Rain Forests of India
As we moved a little in dense forest canopy, there was silhouette of a primate on a tree top, I was full of joy as it was lion-tailed macaque, an endangered mammal. The joy was not a short-lived one as the silent valley was teeming with wildlife. In less than two hours, we came across a herd of elephants, a giant squirrel, great Indian hornbill, nilgiri tahr, numerous insects- amazing wildlife if we compare with other national parks of the country.
Silent valley was discovered by British explores in 1847 & so named by them. The valley is very unique & isolated as cliffs of Nilgiri mountains surrounded it on all sides cutting it off the rest of world. This valley was made national part in 1984 & became part of Nilgiri Biosphere reserve in 1986. It is a small national part covering just 89.52KM but it biodiversity value can be understood from the fact that more than 200 spices of birds, 15 of these are endemic, primates like rare Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, gaurs, barking deer, Nilgiri Tahr, tiger, 110 special of butterflies & 25 species of replies inhabit this tiny biodiversity hotspot. Its isolated status has led to unique species.
In 1970s, its existence came under threat when a dam was proposed on kunthi river which was later abandoned due to protests by environmentalists .It is rightly said by someone that salient valley is“richest expression of life on earth”.The best time to visit the part is September to March. November is best time to see wildlife. A must visit place for true wildlife lovers.
How to reach:-
By Air – Delhi – coimbatore. Hire a taxi to reach Mukkali.
By Rail – Delhi-Bangalore- Palakkad- take road route to Mukkali.
By Road – Delhi-Chennai , Chennai- Mukkali
CONTACT: – WILDLIFE WARDEN :-