Silent Valley National Park is located in the Nilgiri Hills Palakkad district in Kerala state, South India. The Park is spread over an area of 237.52 square kilometers of land. The Silent Valley National Park is a unique preserve of natural rainforests. The actual name of the Park is Indira Gandhi National Park and Silent Valley is the name of the place where it exists but now it is also known by the name of Silent Valley National Park.
Earlier, the Kerala State Electricity Board wanted to build a dam across the Kunti river, which flowed in the deep forest. After then prime minister, Indira Gandhi ordered the state government to abolish the hydroelectric project and then this protected area was declared a National Park in 1984.
Silent Valley National Park has a rich variety of vegetation and a various and different species of plants and trees including 1000 species of flowering plants, 108 species of orchids, 100 ferns and fern allies, 200 liverworts, 75 lichens and about 200 algae. A majority of these plants are endemic to the Western Ghats.
Silent Valley National Park is rich in faunal diversity and harbors 34 species of mammals, 292 species of birds, 31 species of reptiles, 22 species of amphibians, 13 species of fishes, 500 species of butterflies and moths, besides a multitude of lower forms of animal life most of which are yet to be documented. The valley has a fair representation of all peninsular mammals.
Trekking is the best activity to do in this Sanctuary. It is good place for trekkers.
Best time to visit:
Silent Valley National Park is open throughout the year. December to April is the best time to visit the park.
Timings and Fee:
Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the sanctuary for complete information entry timings and fee. Usually the Park remains open between 08:00 AM to 01:00 PM.
There are several accommodation options around Silent Valley National Park to accommodate outsiders or tourists. Visitors are advised to get in touch with us to get know about accommodation and other facilities along with charges.
Air: Kozhikode-140 km, Coimbatore – 100 km.
Rail: Palakkad – 58 km; Coimbatore – 90 km
Road: Coimbatore – Anakkatty – Mukkali – 90km.
Coimbatore – Palakkad – Mannarkkad – Mukkali – 120km
Kozhikode – Palakkad – Mannarkkad – Mukkali – 120km