Silent Valley

Silent Valley: Frames of Kerala on celluloid

Compiled by travel.manoramaonline.com

A trip to Silent Valley, one of the few remaining rain forests in the world, is a pilgrimage for the nature lover. The silence of the forest, where not even crickets are heard, masks the abundant life that thrives below the cocooned meshes of the evergreen foliage.

It is a trip that takes you through verdant forests watered by a virgin river that flows merrily- a trip that reminds you to care for nature to keep it unblemished and pure. Silent Valley is also a place where you can revel in the beauty of the rain that feeds the Kunti River, which flows for 20 kms or more, untouched by humans. The overhanging greenery bestows freshness that lifts the spirits and puts life back into a weary traveller. It is here that the song 'Is Dard-e-dil ki sifarish' from the movie Yaariyaan was shot. The song was also shot across other parts of Kerala too Silent Valley is the core area of the Nilgiri biosphere, which is a World Heritage site. About 20 kms away from Mannarkad, in Palakkad district, lies Mukkali, the gateway to Silent Valley.

One can stay here at facilities arranged by the Forest Department on prior booking. From here, one needs to hire a jeep provided by the department to travel further into the forest. The 23-km travel through the forest is an experience that brings one closer to one’s natural roots. The plantations that greet you at the onset slowly make way to semi-evergreen forests where mountain squirrels and lion-tailed Macaques abound. As the cold increases, you know that you are deep in nature’s territory, the cold pacifying your tired senses in soft caresses.

 


On the way, you are greeted by small rivulets and waterfalls that giggle on your arrival with glee. Keep your cameras ready because this is where there are abundant sights and sounds to savour. And that is what the Bombay Vikings used for their song Aa Raha Hoon Main which pans across Kerala A couple of Malayalam movies like Salt N' Pepper and a couple ofTamil movies have been shot here

Reaching Silent Valley

From Palakkad there are frequent buses to Mannarkad (45 kms.) Nearest railway station: Palakkad Junction (Olavacode) Nearest Airports: Cochin (135KM), Coimbatore (55 KM) and Calicut (80KM)

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