Honeymooning in Silent Valley National Park (Kerala)
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.
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.
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
- Ottapalam- Ottapalam is a township situated at a distance of 34 kms from Palakkad. It is a town steeped in history and culture. Chinakathoor Temple is the key tourist attraction in this town.
- Dhoni Waterfalls-Dhoni waterfalls and the Western Ghats forests can be reached by trekking from Palakkad. There is also a hamlet here by the same name. You can soak in the ambience which undoubtedly is imposing.
- Palakkad Fort- You can enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the surroundings from the ramparts of the Palakkad Fort. Take a stroll around the fort in the evening for an altogether otherworldly experience.
- Gardens in Malampuzha-There are many gardens in Malampuzha area near to Palakkad that you can visit like the Malampuzha Gardens, Thread Gardens, Rock Gardens and the Snake Park that are all located in close proximity to Malampuzha Dam.
- Temples in and around Silent Valley National Park (Palakkad)-For seeking blessings from the divinity, you should get inside the sanctum-sanctorum of the Kalpathy Temple, and the Jain Temple.
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.