Silent Valley National Park
Silent Valley National Park is located at a distance of 40 Km from Mannarkad in northeastern corner of Palakkad district. The Silent Valley National Park is probably one of the most wonderful contributions of nature to humans, a matchless preserve of tropical rain forests in all its perfect glory with an almost unbroken ecological history. The park covers an area of about 90 Sq. Km.
The Silent Valley National Park is commonly known as Sairndhrivanam in India. Sairndhrivanam literally means the forest in the valley, as referred to in the Mahabharatha. The Silent Valley is seldom silent however you can find only one of its kind characters about it, the dense forest, the melody of birds as well as its quite magnificence.
Tropical evergreen forests occurring within a small strip on top of the equator is probably one of the most endangered natural habitats. Very fragile, it's suffered the majority from peoples interaction. In species variety it's the richest habitat moreover has developed in area of heaviest rain fall. That you can find a little soil erosion and the rains are changed into perennial streams as well as rivers are usually attributed to thick canopy and closely packed tree stumps. Actually, shortage of water is never felt. The evapotranspiration from these forests is a lot more than from another surface. This cools the environment helping easy condensation of water vapor. This is certainly the source of much-awaited summer rains.
The Silent Valley National Park has a fair representation of all peninsular mammals. They are lion - tailed macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Tiger, Leopard (Panther), Leopard cat, fishing act, common palm civet, Small Indian Civer, brown plam civet, ruddy mongoose, stripenencked mongoose, wild dog, sloth bear, otter, flying squirrel, Malabar giant squirrel, Indian pangolin (scaly anteater), Porcupine, wild boar, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, gaur and elephant.
The Silent Valley National Park houses rare birds such as Indian black-crested Baza, Bonellis' hawk eagle, Rufous bellied hawk eagle, shaheen falcon, short-eared owl, peninsular scops owl, Ceylon frog mouth, great Indian hornbill, Niligiri laughing thrush, house martin, rufous bellied shortwing, Malay bittern etc. About 170 species have been recorded of which 31 are migrants. Butterflies and moths are varied and plenty. There are more than 100 species of butterflies and 400 species of moths. Quite a few of them are extremely rare and endemic.
Unlike most other sanctuaries, viewing wild animals in Silent Valley National Park is quite tough for the reason that it has thick vegetation.
The best time to visit the Silent Valley National Park is throughout the year except February to April.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport (IATA: CCJ, ICAO: VOCL) located at Kozhikode.
Nearest Railway Station: Palakkad.
Road: Silent Valley National Park is well connected by road network. Route to access the national park is Coimbatore - Anakkatty - Mukkali (90 Km), Coimbatore - Palakkad - Mannarkkad - Mukkali (120 Km) and Kozhikode - Palakkad - Mannarkkad - Mukkali (120 km)
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