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Honeymooning in Silent Valley National Park (Kerala)

Destination


If you are nature-loving and like being close to the environment then you should be making arrangements for a sojourn to the Silent Valley National Park. The natural park barely 90 sq.km in area is one of the smallest in India but teemed with a diversified and rich variety of flora and fauna. You will find the melodious chirping of birds and the calls of the wild animals a refreshing break from the monotonous and humdrum dissonance of urban life.
The Silent Valley National Park is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site under the Nilgiri sub-group. The park is at the heart of the Nilgiri Biosphere Sanctuary which has a dense tropical rainforest cover and abounds in a variety of flowering plants, orchids and wildlife. There are nearly 1,000 species of flowering plants and nearly 110 orchids’ species.

The park is also home to some of the most endangered species of wild animals including the lion-tailed macaque, bonnet macaque, Nilgiri langur, common palm civet, fishing cat, leopard, small Indian civet, wild dogs, ruddy mongoose, otter, flying squirrel, and the Indian pangolin. The watchtower in the park gives you an all round of the surroundings and also a bird’s eye view of the Mannarkkad valley and the Nilgiri plateau. You can spend a lifetime at the park and you’ll still be left with a feeling that there is so much left to explore.

Location


Silent Valley National Park is nestled in the Nilgiri Hills in the Palakkad District of Kerala. The most convenient way to head to the national park is through Palakkad that lies on the border between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Getting There


The nearest railhead is in Palakkad. Trains from different parts of the state and from the metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore regularly connect to Palakkad railway junction. The closest airport is in Coimbatore about 49 kms away. Both KSRTC and private buses routinely ply from Kozhikode, Kochi, Coimbatore, Nelliyampathy, Thrissur, Trivandrum, Anaimalai, and Guryvayur to Palakkad.

Ideal Time to Visit


The best time or season to visit the Silent Valley National Park is from November to February when the weather is pleasant and enjoyable. You’ll be able to explore the entire area at leisure and spot most of the wild animals during the winter months.

Accommodation Option for Honeymooners


The Silent Valley National Park witnesses maximum footfalls during the peak tourist season that lasts from October to March. Therefore, almost all the hotels, resorts and guesthouses are fully booked during these months. So, make your reservations well in advance. Some recommended putting up options for honeymooners are ‘Planters Retreat’, ‘ITL Residency’, ‘Sri Chakra International Hotel’, ‘Hotel Indraprastha Palakkad, and ‘Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort’.

Activities for Honeymooners


You can trek to most of the sightseeing attractions in the vicinity of The Silent Valley National Park including but not limited to the Palakkad Fort, Pothundy Dam, Walayar Dam, and Dhoni Waterfalls. You can also take a jeep or elephant safari inside the park.

Attractions for Honeymooners



Shopping


You can shop for time-honoured Palakkad specialties like traditional bells, nilavillakkus, thooku (hanging scrolls and parchments), peacock feather villakkus, Travancore sarees, jewelleries, ornaments and trinkets.

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Last updated : January 23, 2016