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Friday, October 17, 2008

Wildlife in Kerala : Silent Valley National Park - 72

This park is situated 40 kms. from Mannarkad, in the northeastern corner of Palakkad district. The Silent Valley National Park is perhaps the closest to a virgin forest in the entire Western ghats. It is home to India's last substantial stretch of tropical evergreen rain forest, and a large number of wild animals, thanks to its difficult terrain and remoteness.

The valley has a fair representation of all peninsular mammals such as lion-tailed macaque. Nilgiri langur, bonnet macaque, tiger, leopard cat, fishing cat, common palm civet, small Indian civet, brown palm civet, ruddy mongoose, stripe necked mongoose, wild dog, sloth bear, otter, flying squirrel, malabar gaint squirrel, Indian pangolin (scaly ant eater), porcupine, wild boar, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, gaur and elephant. And over 170 species of avi fauna have ben recorded of which 31 are migrants. Rare species such as Indian black-crested baza, Bonelis hawk eagle, rufous bellied hawk eagle, shaheen falcon, short eared owl, peninsular scops owl, Ceylon frog moth, great Indian hornbill, Nilgiri laughing thrush, house martin, rufous bellied shortwing. Malay bittern etc. are also found here. Also found are more than 100 species of butterflies an d400 species of moths. Quite a few of them are extremely rare and endemic.

Where to stay:

Rest House of the Forest department.

How to get there:

Nearest bus station: Mannarkad (32 kms.). Nearest airport: Coimbatore (115 kms.)

Contact:

The Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram - 695014, Telefax: 0471-322217.

The Wildlife Warden, Silent Valley National Park, Mannarkad P.O., Palakkad District, Tel. : 04924 - 22056.

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03. Corbett National Park (Project Tiger) : Wildlife in Uttaranchal - 3
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05. Wildlife in Uttar Pradesh : Dudhwa National Park - 5
06. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Bharatpur National Park - 6
07. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Ranthambore National Park (Project Tiger) - 7
08. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Sariska Tiger Reserve - 8
09. Wildlife in Gujarat : Gir National Park and Sanctuary - 9
10. Wild Ass Sanctuary - 10
11. Wildlife in Madhya Pradesh : Bandhavgarh National Park - 11
12. Wildlife in Madhya Pradesh : Kanha National Park - 12
13. Wildlife in Bihar : Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary - 13
14. Wildlife in Jharkhand : Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary - 14
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17. Wildlife in West Bengal : Sunderbans National Park and Tiger Reserve - 17
18. Wildlife in West Bengal : Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary - 18
19. Wildlife in Assam : Manas Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve - 19
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28. Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh : Nehru Zoological Park and Kwala Sanctuary - 28
29. Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh : Pranahita Sanctuary - 29
30. Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh : Pakhal Santuary - 30
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32. Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh : Papikonda Sanctuary - 32
33. Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh : Coringa Sanctuary - 33
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38. Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh : Rollapadu Sanctuary - 38
39. Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh : Gunda Brahmeswaram Sanctuary - 39
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42. Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh : Kaundinya Sanctuary (Project Elephant) - 42
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54. Wildlife in Tamilnadu : Mundanthurai Sanctuary - 54
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