Silent Valley National Park
The Silent Valley National Park dates its history back to 1888 when the region was declared a reserved land under the Forest Act and later notified as a Reserved Forest by the Government of Madras in 1914. The local name of the park is Sairandhrivanam and has been a topic of debate for last few decades. The National Park, which contradictory to its tranquil name often echoes with the collective sound of its wildlife, is the hub of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Located at a distance of 40 kms from the Mannarkkad in the Kundali Hills of Western Ghats, Palakkad District, the Silent Valley National Valley though smaller than other National Parks, is unique for a multitude of explanations. The park besides having a sylvan climate and many high altitude peaks and numerous rivers meandering through it, is also home to rare kinds of herbs, plants and species. The months from September to March are ideal for visiting the Park.
The wide range of species that can be spotted in the National Park never fails to amaze the tourists visiting the place. From wild tigers and mammals to South Indian Peninsula, such as, the Nilgiri Langurs, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Lion- Tailed Macaque, Flying Squirrel and Civet Cat all can be seen here. Renowned for the vast variety of Butterflies resting in the region, there are over 100 species of butterflies and 400 species of moths and other fauna like the Ceylon Frog Moth, Great Indian Hornbill and the Nilgiri Laughing Thrush.
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