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Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park

Comparing other wildlife parks of the country, the Silent Valley National Park of the God’s own country, Kerala has an exciting history of its own. The Silent Valley National Park in Kerala is known as Sairandhrivanam in the vicinity, which literally means the forest in the valley. The Silent Valley National Park is positioned in the district of Palakkad in the state of Kerala. The park is known as The Silent Valley National Park for the reason of the absence of noisy cicadas, a kind of insect that is somewhat similar to locusts. The park is relatively smaller with an area of just about 89 sq km.

The Silent Valley National Park is the core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and perhaps one of the most wonderful gifts of nature. An exclusive preserve of tropical rain forests with a continuous biological history, this national park is encircled with high and continuous edges and steep slopes, protecting the valley from the extremes in climatic conditions as well as anthropogenic intrusions, preserving it to be an ecological island with a special micro climate.

The river Kunthi falls down from the Nilgiri Hills at an altitude of 2000 m, above the sea level and passes through the length of the valley and ultimately rushing down to the plains through a deep gorge.

The mammals in the park include the Nilgiri Langur, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Lion-Tailed Macaque, Flying squirrel and Civet Cat. There are over 100 species of butterflies and 400 species of moth prevalent in the forests. Also, the different species of birds can be observed in the park such as the Malabar Hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, hoopoes, tree pie, barbets, crow pheasant, woodpeckers, rollers, drongoes, kingfishers and parakeets.

Here, you can also witness different kinds of snake, amphibians and lizards. There are more than 110 species of plants in The Silent Valley National Park, Kerala including the plants with medicinal properties. The best time to visit the place is in the months from September to March.

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