What's on your mind?

Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park is a extremely fragile, a unique preserve of virgin tropical forest located in the Nilgiri Hills, in the Palakkad district in Kerela, South India. The park forms the core of the Nilgiri International Biosphere Reserve and is locally known as Sairandhrivanam, meaning forest in the valley.

On a secluded plateau, in South India, Kerala, you can discover a tropical evergreen rain forest.  Silent Valley lies above the equator which causes summer rains to fall in Kerala from June-July.  It is the core of the Nilgiri International Biosphere Reserve and part of The Western Ghats World Heritage Site, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster under consideration by UNESCO.
The Silent Valley National Park is adjacent to the Attappadi Reserve Forests in the East, the Palghat and Nilambur forest divisions in the West and South and the Nilgiri Forests in the North.

While exploring the region in 1847 British botanist Robert Wright was intrigued to find a tropical forest with no trace of any sound from cicadas; the area subsequently was named “Silent Valley”. 
The national park is located in the north-eastern part of the  Palakkad district in South India and covers an area of 89.54 sq/km along the Kunthi River Valley.
The valley is surrounded by high ridges. Towering, vertical cliffs of the Nilgiri Mountains surround it on all sides, cutting it off from the rest of the world. It is one of the few places in India with no human habitation, because it has always been difficult to reach, even on foot; it has remained a well-preserved biodiversity treasure trove.
The crystal clear water of the wild Kunthi River descends from the Nilgiri Hills and traverses the entire length of the valley before moving to the plains and through the deep forest.

The park is divided into four divisions: Nilikkal, Sairandhri, Poochipara and Walakkad. Only Sairandhri is accessible tovisitors.

A trek up the hill takes about 4-5 hours.  Lush greenery greets the eye in Silent Valley.
The valley has till date managed to be cut off from commercialization and is untarnished by man due to its unique topography of steep slopes and peaks safeguarding a very rich bio-diversity. It is a storehouse of rare and valuable plants and animals.
In 2003, the discovery of a new frog species  was made; this species is considered to be of the Jurassic era and scientists are of the unanimous opinion, that Silent Valley is one of the richest expression of life on earth. 
Ecological win:
The park was set up in 1984 after a world wide campaign and  by scientists, researchers, ecologists, environmentalists and nature lovers to stop the Kerala government’s proposal of constructing a dam on the Kunthi River to install a hydroelectric power project. The debate of development over environment continued for nearly a decade, but finally the park was declared a bio diversity hot spot.
Visitors are few as the place is still not commercialized. About 80% of the land is covered with woody vegetation and 20% by grassland. The park shelters 110 plant species of medicinal value and has around 26 species of mammals. The park also has over 100 species of colourful butterflies. The Lion Tailed Macaque, a medium sized monkey species, is one of the valley’s famous residents, as are the Great Indian Hornbill and Nilgiri Tahr. Other animals found in abundance include leopards, tigers and snakes. The King Cobra is one of the prized possessions of this place.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources has listed the Lion Tailed Macaque and the Nilgiri Langur as endangered animals.  Dawn and dusk are the perfect timings to catch the animals in their natural habitat. 
For nature lovers, trekkers and researchers Silent Valley is an ideal destination. Cut off from civilization, nestled in the mountain folds of the Nilgiris in God’s own country, Kerela, Silent Valley is surely God’s abode.
Trekking Routes:
Only Serious trekkers enjoy trekking in this terrain. Trekkers have to procure requisite permits from the forest department office at Mukkali. The Trek to Poochipara is a 7 km steep climb from Sairandhiri and takes about 3 hours. The forest department has set up camps in the forest where trekker’s can stay.
A long 4-day trek covers Mukkali – Sairandhiri – Poochipara – Walakkad – Sispara - Anginda. A guide assigned by the forest department accompanies trekkers through the trek.

Watch Tower and Walking trail
There is a watch tower overlooking the jungle in Sairandhri. The path offers excellent opportunities for bird-watching. The watch tower at the end of the road offers breathtaking views of the magnificent mountains; travellers will be able to see the settlements of the indigenous Mudukar tribal community. A 1.5 km trail from here leads to a hanging bridge across the Kunthi River; the trail is ideal for a short trek. One can swim in the Kunthi river.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
PEELAMEDU
KOCHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Coimbatore Main Junction
Nearby major cities
Name Distance Duration
Seasons
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Best Seasons
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Weather
Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 25 °C 35 °C
Winter 10 °C 20 °C
The climate at Silent Valley National Park is warm in summer and pleasant in winter. The park is open the year round but the best time to visit would be just after the monsoons, from September till late March.
Hide

Write to us

Send

Seasons Flavour

Commanding magnificent view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Ketu and Kamet , on the edge of the Nanada Devi national park, Auli is fast emerging as an important ski resort in India.

Nestled amidst the wooded slopes, surrounded by green meadows in the Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, lies Baspa Valley also known as Sangla valley.

Binsar is a beautiful hill destination inside a forest reserve and bird sanctuary with magnificent 360 degree view of Kumaon Himalayan peaks.

Far from the maddening crowds is Caukori, an isolated small village in the Kumaon mountains offering panoramic view of snow capped Himalayan peaks painted with magical sunrise and sunsets .

Madikeri - a picturesque hill station of misty mornings and dotted with coffee and exotic spice plantations, lies in the Western Ghats of south-western Karnataka. It is the headquarter of the famous Kodagu or Coorg district of Karntaka state. Flavoured with the aroma of fresh coffee, cardamom, black pepper and Coorg honey, Madikeri offers an enchanting experience.

Dalhousie is one of the most picturesque hill stations, located in the Chamba Valley between the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas. Named after a British Governor General, it retains a mix of natural beauty and colonial charm.

Darjeeling, the “Queen of the hills” embodies the romantic nostalgia of “The Raj” or the era of British rule in India. Darjeeling, famous for its lush tea gardens, is blessed with a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak.

Dharamsala has an aura about it. The town has lived up to its name, which means “The pilgrims’ rest house”; it is today the sacred seat of the Dalai Lama and his exiled government of Tibet. The backdrop of the Himalayas and the old world charm of the town adds to the magnetic attraction of the unique experience that is Dharamsala.

One of the most scenic hill stations of India. Gulmarg offers excellent powder run skiing opportunities of international standards.

The beautiful hill town of Kausani is a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic splendour and its spectacular 300 km wide panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Lachen 110 km from Gangtok, Lachen is a scenic Himalayan village of migrant Buddhist Bhutia yak herders called Lachenpas. The hospitable Lachenpas greet or bid visitors farewell with the traditional 'khada' scarf. Blankets made from sheep wool or chuktuk, carved woodwork, furniture, signs, symbols and blankets are the handicrafts of Lachen. Chuktuk is the local term used for sheep wool blankets. Since a sizeable population in the area rear sheep and yak, the wool from these animals is used for r

On the banks of the Beas river, surrounded by the majestic Pir Panjal, Parvati, and Bara Bhangal mountain ranges, lies Manali - one of the most popular hill resorts in India. Manali is also the gateway to the exotic Lahaul and Spiti valleys.

Mukteshwar is a quaint and peaceful hill town in Kumaon - Uttarakhand surrounded by thick coniferous forest; it offers 180 degree panoramic views of the mighty Himalayan peaks Neelkanth, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Nanda Devi, Panchchuli. Famous hunter Jim Corbett mentioned Mukteshwar in his 1944 AD classic book ‘The Man Eaters Of Kumaon’.

Stunning green hills of rolling tea plantations surround breathtaking Munnar. The town provides a completely relaxing and therapeutic experience for jaded city dwellers - misty mornings, sweet scented air, whispering breezes and a chance to walk in the clouds.

Mussoorie is a popular hill station in the Garhwal Himalayas. Due to its panoramic views and its proximity to Delhi, Mussoorie has been a favourite weekend destination for visitors from the nearby plains since the time of the Raj.

The beautiful small township of Pelling lies 115 km from the state capital Gangtok. Known for its grand views of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, which rises to 9390m. Pelling is perched at an altitude of 2400m, and is a traveller’s delight due to its strategic location in the eastern Himalayas.

A long time ago Kumaoni queen Padmini was smitten with the scenic vista of this hill town leading to her king Sukhdev naming the area queen’s meadow or Ranikhet. Ranikhet still retains the unspoilt charm and sylvan surrounding that provides panoramic views to the Himalayan peaks.

A beautiful hill city tucked in the lap of Himalayas, Shimla retains much of its old world charm and nostalgic influence of the British Raj when it was the designated “summer capital” of India.

Srinagar, the exotic summer capital of Kashmir is an enigma shrouded in a veil of mystery, a fusion of beauty, culture and history that mesmerises, enthrals and still sows a seed of doubt in the mind of the departing traveller that a single visit is not enough to touch its heart.

Code
Type
Duration
Grade
Max Size
Active
Climate