Silent Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Along the hills of the Western Ghats, in the Kundali Hills of Kerala lies the Silent Valley National Park. It is considered to be one of the clean region of tropical evergreen forests in India that is rich in biodiversity. It is one of the beautiful wildlife destinations in Kerala, India due to its evergreen tropical greenery and its moving rivers, slopes and hills. The park is also well known for its unique herbs and plants that grow and also for the wildlife that includes elephants, tigers and lion tailed macques.

Situation The Silent Valley National Park is situated in the Palakkad district of Kerala. The geographical location is at the adjacent to the Attapadi Reserve Forests to the East, Palghat forest in the West, Nilambur forest in the South and Nilgiri Forests in the North. This hotspot destination is a rare treasure of plants and animals. The construction of Hydel Power Plant during the 1970s threatened the Wildlife Sanctuary. But in 1984, the park got notified as a National Park from Silent Valley due to the protests by environmentalists. In 1986, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve with the Silent Valley was created as a core area.

Favorite Attractions in Silent Valley Silent Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as Sairandhrivanam (which means forest in the valley). There are four types of vegetation that is found in this biodiversity intense area. Moist tropical rain evergreen trees such as teak, rosewood, amla, bamboo and semal has been found in the rain forest. The other types of vegetation are tropical hill forests, temperate forests and grasslands. The wildlife in Silent Valley Wildlife Sanctuary include elephants, tigers, leopards, wild boar, sambhar, gaur and the endangered lion tailed macaque. Also there are reptiles like lizard, snake and amphibian species in the sanctuary.

Surroundings of the Silent Valley

The hill resort of Coonoor, the rapidly growing Coimbatore town and a large number of Kerala wildlife sanctuaries such as the Parambikulam sanctuary, the Attapadi or Mountain Valley, the Choolanur Peacock Sanctuary and the JP Smriti Vanam are not far away from Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ways to reach the Sanctuary By Rail : 75 kms away is the nearest railway station in Palakkad
By Air : 55 kms away is the nearest airport at Coimbatore.

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