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Silent Valley, one of the treasures of Kerala, is a fascinating forest, deep in the Nilgiri’s. There is a perceived lack of noisy cicadas in this forest, and hence the name Silent Valley. Locally known as Sairandhrivanam, this small tract of forest is a wondrous creation of nature. Learn more about this enchanting forest through the following articles:
The core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the Silent Valley National Park is probably one of the most magnificent gifts of nature to mankind, a unique preserve of tropical rain forests in all its pristine glory with an almost unbroken ecological history.
- Department of Public Relations
There exists in India, a tropical evergreen rain forest with an unbroken evolutionary history of 50 million years. Steep escarpments and ridges on all sides ensured that this plateau remained unsullied by man, thereby preserving its rich bio-diversity. The multi-layered canopy harbours a variety of plant and animal species, many of them hitherto unheard of by Science. A new frog genus supposed to be of the Jurassic era was discovered in the year 2003. It is no wonder then that scientists have described Silent Valley as “the richest expression of life on Earth”.
- Valley of Silence, Sajitha Nair
Seen from the giant steel watchtower of the Silent Valley National Park in Kerala, the Kunthipuzha river – popularly called Kunthi – flows like a thin silver ribbon down the Western Ghats. The Silent Valley is the only remaining undisturbed, tropical evergreen rainforest in peninsular India.
- Silent Valley in Turmoil Again, Max Martin
THE war is not over, after all. Silent Valley, one of the few remaining tracts of undisturbed tropical evergreen forests in India and the focus of the beacon green movement of the late 1970s, is once again testing the resolve of environmentalists and the never-say-die dam builders of Kerala.
- Threat to a valley’s silence, R. Krishnakumar