Nuzzled in the folds of the Nilgiri Hills in the Western Ghats is an arresting expanse of green cradling a rich haven of flora and fauna - The Silent Valley National Park. This pristine green blanket covering an area of 237.52 sq km is a unique preserve of tropical evergreen rainforests.
This stunning national park offers several eco-tourism packages for travellers.
This is a trip you embark upon to understand the wild, a voyage through a dreamy strip of land to witness the grandeur of the Valley.
In the Sairandhri eco-tourism package, visitors get to traverse through the myriad forest types in the national park which ranges from moist deciduous to evergreen. The visitors can journey through the park in the Silent Valley Forest Development Agency owned jeep or bus.
After the ride, one gets to trek through a forest patch to reach the banks of the River Kunthi and watch its pristine waters gurgle forth in abandon. The endless expanse of green and the visual music struck up by nature lets one experience unbridled the many joys of the wild. One also gets a unique opportunity to amble up a 100 ft. tall watch tower inside the woods and watch the ethereal panoramic visuals unfold while the gusty wind wraps you in its embrace.
Specifics: The visiting time is from 0800 to 1300 hrs. The entire trip takes 5 hours and no accommodation is provided inside the park. Visitors are strictly prohibited from bathing in the river. Tickets may be obtained from the information centre.
Tucked away about 13 km off Mukkali (base camp of the Silent Valley National Park) is Bommiyampadi, a quaint little place of surreal beauty right in the middle of the woods. The Bommiyampadi eco-tourism package is more of a jungle retreat and offers an enchanting journey through the pristine blanket of green. The package lets one stay in a ‘forest front’ cottage, tuck into delicious food and enjoy a guided trip through the lush, wild woods. It also includes a trip to the tribal areas of Attappady. This package includes the Sairandhri package as well. After a stay at a cottage in the picturesque Bommiyampadi, the visitors can avail the Sairandhri package the next day.
Specifics: The one day package necessitates that the visitors check in at Mukkali by 1200 hrs. The guided trip is arranged in agency-owned vehicles.
Silent Valley Division
Kerala - 678582