Silent Valley, the world renowned national park in India is a jewel of Western Ghats. If ‘heart of the jungle’ is somewhere deep inside the forest, here you feel the gentle heartbeats of a forest saved from ruthless persecution. This 50 million-year-old ‘grand-forest’ wasn’t treated appropriately by man in the late stages. Yet, against all odds, Silent Valley rainforest has aged gracefully and it’s still thriving. A moment with this pristine jungle is a dream of any nature lover. It only takes a two-hour jeep ride from nearest township (Mukkali) to experience this massive spectacle nicknamed Silent Valley. The winding roads take you through the ‘less-human’ land of the giant trees of ‘Nanku’ and ‘Badraksham’, the leftovers from history. An occasional barking deer or langur or macaque is a bonus. Elephants rule this jungle yet with little signs. The 23 km ride, take you to the gateway of Silent Valley, Sairandhri. The spectacular view of Nilgiris from the watch tower and the ancient untouched water of Kunthi River… one must see to believe. Silent Valley is also a place of complexities, ecologically and evolutionarily. One shall not celebrate the day in Silent Valley, but experience it, understand it and if you are listening keenly enough you will hear its faintest heartbeat even in the silence. So come, take the ride and befriend the silence…
“We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.”
With a life long experience in the forests of Silent Valley Mari son of Lachiappan is a true icon of conservation. Mari was initiated into the ways of the forest by his father Lachiappan, who was himself a renowned guide.