Kerala, located between the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Ghats on the east, is one of the most stunning states in South India. Listed as one of the ten paradises on the Earth – by the National Geographic Traveller – it is rightly known as Gods Own Country. This small terrain holds diverse geographical features that make it a destination to be visited in a lifetime. The various tour packages to this place focus on eco-tourism so as to save its pristine beauty. From the palm-fringed beaches of Kovalam to the majestic hills of Munnar, Kerala has a lot to offer to visitors. The serenity of backwaters of Kumarakom and the enchanting forests of Thekkady are equally enticing.
The thick tropical rainforests of Kerala are home to a variety of rare and common fauna and flora. The Western Ghats – a UNESCO World Heritage Centre – is among the best biodiversity spots in the world and the forests of Kerala has about 90% of fauna. The fauna wealth of the state comprises mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fishes and insects. The State Government has taken several measures to conserve and preserve the rapidly vanishing animal and insect species. A large number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries have been established here, which has earned fame not only among domestic travellers but foreign tourists as well.
Silent Valley National Park
Sprawling over 237 sq km of total area, Silent Valley National Park is located in the Palakkad district. Robert Wight, a Scottish botanist, discovered the area for the first time in AD 1847. A part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, this unique evergreen rainforest reserve is replete with rich biodiversity. Abode to a variety of fauna like tigers, leopards, elephants, wild bears, sambar deer and the Malabar squirrel, this area is among the most visited tourist destinations in Kerala. It also houses lion-tailed macaques and langurs that are critically endangered species.
The sight of several species of butterflies, moths and birds, including Ceylon frogmouth, Great Indian hornbill and laughing thrush, make this place a paradise for birdwatchers. Rarely can anyone find such a wide variety of flowering plants, including around 110 species of orchids. The park is drained by the Kunthi River that descends from the Nilgiri hills, from a height of 2000 metres. Passing through the entire length of the national park, this perennial river serves as a water source to the residing animals and birds. With these many natural marvels, this place is a boon for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, field biologists and students of life sciences.
For a memorable trip to this breathtaking attraction, look for Kerala tour packagesthat include accommodation, transportation and meals. Visitors can undertake a trek from Mukkali to Sairandhri to explore the wilderness of this place. Alternatively, can opt for a Jeep safari and capture the serenity of this park.