Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park is spread across Palakkad, Malappuram Districts of Kerala State & Nilagiris District of Tamilnadu, in India. It’s a tropical moist evergreen forest.

Silent Valley National Park
Lion-tailed Macaque
, endemic to the Western Ghats.

Silent Valley is the home to the largest population of Lion-tailed Macaque, an endangered Primitive species. Public outcry over their habitat led to the establishment of the area as Silent Valley Park. In the year 1986, this National Park was declared as the core area of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve. This has resulted in efforts to promote the Ecosystem of the Valley. This National Park is part of Western Ghats, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Kunti puzha (Kunti River) runs through the entire length of 15 kilometers of the park from north to south and then  into the Bharathapuzha. This valley receives most of the rainfall in Monsoon season, from June to September. During the North West Monsoon season months of October and November, Valley receives moderate rainfall.

Silent Valley is part of Western Ghats and is rich in flora and fauna. 16 bird species has been listed as threatened or restricted. There is an estimated 138 species of birds in this Valley.v

A minimum of 24 species of Mammals are found in the valley including many threatened species. Bats,rats,mice, etc, count to 9 species. There are 730 insects identified in Silent Valley National Park, as per last count.

How Do I Go to Silent Valley National Park?


Entry Passes are available from Mukkali Forest office, Mannarkkad P.O. You need to park your vehicles here and travel in the forest department’s vehicle.  04924-222056 is the contact number.

Permits are not issued after 1 pm. It takes around 5 hours to visit this national park. Accommodation is also available at the forest department’s Inspection Bungalow at Mukkali. You may need to book in advance.

Silent Valley National Park is well connected by road, rail and flight services to other parts of the country.

“Palakkad Junction” is nearest major railway station at around 58 kilometers distance. Kozhikode and Coimbatore airports are the nearest airports to Silent Valley National Park, at around 100 kilometers distance.

Mudumalai National Park

Mudumalai tiger reserve entrance

On the northwestern side of the Nilgriri hills in Nilgiri district of Tamilnadu, India, lies the Mudumalai National Park. It was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 2007 by Government of Tamilnadu after giving 1 million Indian Rupees as compensation to 350 families who lived there in the core area of the tiger reserve. Come and see Incredible India at Mudumalai and surrounding states.

Mudumalai wild life sanctuary is home to many wild animals. Several vulnerable species and endangered species are found in Indian wild Life Sanctuaries. Those endangered birds of India found at Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary includes critically endangered species Indian White-Rumped Vulture and long-billed vulture.

Mudumalai National Park
Forest elephant at Mudumalai National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mudumalai National Park is surrounded by many other Indian wild life sanctuaries in nearby states. There are around 48 tigers in the reserve as per last data available. 50 species of fishes and 55 species of mammals which is 39 per cent of Indian mammal population are found in the area.

Mudumalai National Park is rich is flora and fauna and these areas have tropical climatic conditions.

Where is Mudumalai National Park situated?

Mudumalai National Park or Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is on the Otty – Mysore road, on National Highway NH 67, on border  areas of Karnataka.

There are two routes to select while going to Mysore from Ooty.  One goes through Gudallur town which is around 45 kilometers longer than the Masinagudi route. This route starts at around 7 kilometers from Ooty and is safer than the other route. This route is through Pykara lake (near Ooty) and Gudallur town and this road joins the other route at Theppakkadu on NH 67

The second route which starts at around 7 kilometers from Ooty. It  goes through very steep Ghat sections with 36 hairpin bends. This road passes through Masinagudi and joins the first route at Theppakkadu. Then it is NH 67. Only expert drivers should take this route.

Once you cross the bridge on the border of Tamilnadu, the same forests are part of  Bandipur Wildlife sanctuary which is also called Bandipur National Park. Around 8 km from the border is the safari point where you can go for an Elephant Safari in Bandipur National Park.

Where can I stay on a Visit to Mudumalai National Park?

Mudumalai wild life sanctuary and nearby Bandipur Wild Life Sanctuaries are famous weekend getaways for the nearby residents of Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala states. This has resulted in many leading hotels and resorts establishing their properties at both of these wild life sanctuaries. Nijaguna Residency is 3 star hotel at Chamarajanagar near Bandipur. There are many cheap motels and cheap hotels offering rooms for the budget conscious tourists. Many hotels and resorts give discounted hotel rooms in off-peak season.

Elephant Safari at Bandipur National Park in Nilgiri Biosphere

Bandipur National Park
Peacock At Bandipur National park

Bandipur National Park
An Elephant at Bandipur National park

Bandipur National Park or Bandipur wildlife sanctuary is in the state of Karnataka in India. It is declared as a tiger reserve and a tiger reserve under ‘Project Tiger’. It is one of the most beautiful animal sanctuaries in India.

Bandipur Park is spread across around 900 square kilometers in Western Ghats and is home to many of India’s endangered species. Kabini, Moyar and Nugu Rivers enrich the park.

Elephant Safari is available to tourists here which gives a rare view of the wild life from top of this majestic animal. You never know what comes across your safari! This safari may help you to spot the good things in life.

Wildlife National Park in Bandipur is rich in flora like teak, rosewood, sandalwood, giant clumping bamboo etc.It is also has many flowering plants, medicinal plants and fruiting trees and shrubs.

Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in Fauna with rare and endangered species of animals like tigers, Indian elephants, four horned antelopes etc. Many species of mammals and  butterflies are also found here.

Peafowl, grey jungle fowl, drongos, honey buzzards, Indian vultures, red headed vultures, changeable hawk eagles, crested serpent eagles are are among the 200 species of birds found among the Bandipur birds.

Reptile species include Indian rock pythons, vipers, spectacled cobra, muggers, monitor lizards, Indian pond terrapin, Indian chameleon, flying lizards. Many ant species are found in Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary.

Unlike other Wildlife Sanctuaries, there are no human settlement inside the Bandipur wildlife sanctuary. Waynad Sanctuary, Mudumalai National Park and Nagarhole National Park are nearby wildlife sanctuaries to Bandipur National Park. These three parks together with Bandipur National Park forms the “Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve“, largest such biosphere in India.

How Do I Go Bandipur National Park

National Park Bandipur is around 80 Kilometers from Mysore towards Ooty. As tourist vehicles hit a lot of wild animals, there is a ban on travel by vehicle at night.