Silent Valley Park occupies a neighborhood of 237.5 sq. km within the abode of Western Ghats. A place bustling with life sorts of all types lies shielded by the duvet of unique rainforests, the last of its kind to be surviving within the state of Kerala. A varied blend of habitats supporting an enormous biodiversity are often found here. Even amongst such chaos, this place emanates with serenity. The park also has immense historical significance. For starters, you would possibly be walking on a land aged the maximum amount as 50 million years! It is believed to be the setting for the epic Mahabharata. This land has also witnessed the revolutionary movements to protect these magnificent forests. It is due to these movements and people’s determined efforts that the park has been preserved in its pristine condition.
Due to the undulating terrain of the park, the climate vary widely according the variations in altitude from plains to the hills. Summers are hot and humid with April and being the hottest months and average temperature is around 23˚C-29˚C. Winters are cold and dry with January and February being the coldest months and average temperature is around 4˚C -18˚C.
Silent Valley receives high amounts of rainfall twice during the year from south-west monsoon during June to September and north-east monsoon during October and November. June, July and August are the wettest months. High rainfall is received at higher regions.
To enjoy a hassle-free vacation at Silent Valley, it’s recommended that you simply visit during December to April. The weather are relatively pleasant during this point. However, rainfall are often expected at any time of the year.
Silent Valley boasts of a mind-boggling array of wilderness. 34 species of mammals are found to reside here. These include an honest population of the threatened Lion-Tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Hanuman Langur, Toddy Cat, Indian elephant , Tigers, Leopards, Hairy-Winged Bat, bonnet monkey , Small Travancore flying phalanger , Deer, Stripe-Necked Mongoose, Dhole etc to name a few! Many species of bats, rats and mice are also found here.
Some rare and threatened sorts of birds are found here. These include Nigliri Wood Pigeon, Rufous Babbler, Nilgiri Blue Robin, Grey Headed Bulbul, White-Bellied Treepie, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Red Winged Crested Cuckoo, Black-And-Orange Flycatcher etc.
The oldest surviving rainforests are covered with as many as 1000 species of flowering plants including the spectacular orchids, ferns, liverworts and algae. It is a haven for botanists and life science scientists! Many plants of medicinal significance are also found here. The river kunthi flows through the undulating terrain of the Nilgiri Hills and traverses through the forests of Silent Valley.
Bhavani River Trail: travel by the Eco development committe, it’s a guided tour along the river side. Total distance covered is 6 km. Duration: 3 hrs. Timings: 8 am to 1 pm. New batches begin the trail every half an hour. Sairandhri Trail: this is often also a guided tour travel by the forest development. Visitors can continue a trek on the River Kunthi. Duration: 5 hrs. Timings: 8 am to 1 pm. Vehicles travel by the forest dept or eco development committee are allowed upto Sairandhri, 23 km away. Karuvara Waterfall Trail: while on this trail, the visitors have the chance to go to the marvellous waterfall and continue a trek of total distance 8 km. Duration: 4 hrs. Timings: 8 am to 1 pm. New batches every half an hour. 6 people allowed per batch.