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Silent Valley is one of the last undisturbed tracts of South Western Ghats mountain rain forests and tropical moist evergreen forest in India. Adjacent to the proposed Karimpuzha National Park (225 km sq.) to the north and Mukurthi National Park (78.46 km s.) to the north-east, it is the core of the Nilgiri International Biosphere reserve (1,455.4 km sq.) and is also part of the Western Ghats World Heritage Site, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000 + km sq.) THUNDER consideration by UNESCO.
The area is locally referred as “Sairandhrivanam’. In local Hindu legend, Sairandhri is Draupadi, the polyandrous wife of the five Pandavas, who cloaked herself as Sairandhri, queen Sudeshna’s assistant, while they were in forests.
The Silent valley is a magical zone where rolling grasslands meet wooded ravines, a deep green river bubbles through its stream through tightly packed forest where at dawn and twilight, the tiger and elephant drink water together at the edge of the river. The Silent valley National Park is a unique preserve of natural rainforests. It houses a rich mosaic of varied inhabitants. Because of these springs, the amazing variety of life forms of which some of them are endemic to the Western Ghats can be found here. The valley exhibits a quite grandeur, a mystery half revealed, and half concealed that is a part of a story for this rainforest which dates back to 50 million years. The silent valley silently gestures to enjoy the marvelous exuberance of life that displays itself as an incredible pandemonium of plants and animals, birds and insects.
Karuvara is a small waterfall in the Panthamthodu and it is 5 km away from Mukkali. The trekking programme to Karuvara opens up an opportunity for birding and rejuvenilising, feel the vibrant nature in her pristine beauty and enchanting glamour. The best time to visit this place is from August to September and December to March while avoid peak monsoon and summer. Keerippara is the best place for those kinds of visitors who are more interested in wildlife. There is a small watch tower in an abandoned teak plantation and it is the perfect foraging ground of wild animals which is 5 km away from Mukkali. The route to Keerippara is through a mosaic of forest types in the buffer zone of the park. It takes the trekkers through evergreen and moist deciduous forests before destining the sprawling secondary grasslands at Keerippara. It is the best opportunity for bird watching and butterfly gazing.
Bommiyampadi is an amazing and beautiful place situated at 13 km north east of Mukkali. The Bommiyampadi is for nature lovers who intent to visit Silent Valley. A trip to Sairandri will be an unforgettable experience for the tourists. From Mukkali, the base camp of Silent Valley National Park is 20 km away from Mannarkkad. Guided trips are available from the Silent Valley Forest Development Agency. The tourists will be taken up to Sairandhri, from where the core area of the National Park begins which is 23 km away from Mukkali. All through the way, tourists can enjoy various types of forests starting from moist deciduous forest to evergreen forest. At Sairandhri, visitors can trek up to the banks of River Kunthi (1.2 km). Tourists can also enjoy the scenic beauty of the Silent valley landscape from the top of the 100 feet tall watch tower.
How to Reach
The nearest international airport is situated at Coimbatore, which is approximately 49 km from Palakkad. Taxis are the most preferred option to reach Palakkad and they charge around Rs.800 for a trip.
The town has two railway stations and the main one is the Palakkad junction. There are frequent trains that arrive from many parts of the state and also important cities. Unmetered auto rickshaws are readily available from the railway station to the city.
Various government buses and private buses are readily available from many parts of the state to Palakkad. Buses are also available from Coimbatore town as well. However, government buses are the cheap means of transport. They may not be comfortable and are generally crowded too. Tickets may come around Rs. 40 and Rs. 100. Private buses are available from Kochi and Kozhikode which is relatively comfortable. Tickets price may vary depending on the distance.