In the aftermath of the devastating flood in Kerala, Silent Valley National Park remains closed to visitors due to severe damage to the existing roads. The major ecotourism attraction of Silent Valley is the 23 km jeep safari to Sairendhri. The road is completely washed away at many places. Landslides in many locations have resulted in major damage to the structures as well as the forests. The heavy downpour saturated the soil and washed away the vegetation in many places in the rocky terrain of the park. The suspension bridge at Kunthipuzha was also washed away in the strong currents. The closure of the road has also impacted the livelihood of many local people who were involved in the ecotourism programmes through EDCs. Apart from the economic loss, the flood situation has resulted in a significant loss of pristine habitats. Since the road is no longer motorable, the park will remain closed for visitors until there is an announcement.
“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.”
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.