Story goes that it was called Silent Valley because when it was discovered by Robert Eight the British botanist, apparently due to the fact there were no noisy Cicadas. Other stories from longer ago tell the story of Sairandhri, an Hindu queen, spending some 14 years here in exile. Not a bad place to spend 14 years, the valley and surrounding areas have a lot to recommend them. Not least the fact they’ve been invited to apply for membership of UNESCO as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).
The valley is home to large populations of endangered species, and is also said to be an extremely bio diverse place because of the hills and rich valleys. There is paid accommodation available in the nearby Mukkali. Camping is not allowed with prior organization, and if you’re intending to do any trekking within the park it is essential to hire one of the GUIDES. Visitors without a guide will not be admitted.
The park is heavily ‘eco’ focused and has an ‘eco’ shop, stocking indigenous tribes fayre, (not to be found elsewhere!), as well as some more traditional gifts and supplies.
For those wanting to spend longer, it’s possible to pay for an overnight expedition for 1 to 3 nights. This can be organized from the website, and should be planned some time before travel to the area. Visitors to the valley should not miss out on the Watch Tower and museum. Offering magnificent views of the park from up a flight of 300 steps, it’s possible to spot many animals, trees, people and features from this vantage point and it should not be missed.
Silent Valley - THINGS TO KNOW