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Silent Valley

Silent Valley

Silent Valley is apparently the last immaculate region of tropical evergreen forest that has fortunately been preserved intact till date. The Silent Valley ecosystem, acclaimed as one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots, spreads over 8, 952 hectares of forestland on the Nilgiris plateau and is enclosed by mountains, some of which rise up to an altitude of more than 2000 meters. An “ecological island” with a comparatively uninterrupted evolutionary history that dates back to at least 50 million years is perceptible in its optimal degree of flora and fauna here.

Silent Valley Park constitutes the nucleus of the Nilgiri International Biosphere Reserve, besides being an ingredient of the Western Ghats World Heritage Site under apprehension by UNESCO. And, it boasts of its very many pristine valleys, infinite grasslands, winding hills, never-ending rivers, undulating slopes, flourishing greenery and the dense forests. The park is acknowledged as the only one of its kind, known for the distinctive herbs and flora, and of course goes without saying the characteristic wildlife that delight in their habitat. Enclosed on all sides by Reserve forests and other forest divisions, the Silent Valley Park is a haven for any wildlife adventurist and is rightly quoted as “Sairandhrivanam” meaning ‘the forest in the valley’. Rare and new-fangled biological species continue to be discovered from this unique National Park even today.