A Picture album of Silent Valley (Palakkad - Kerala)

So, the cliff hanger from the last post - did I spot any wildlife at Silent Valley Reserve Forest. Though I didn't spot any tigers or elephants, I did spot quite a few other wildlife! Thank God mine was the first jeep to enter the forest. 
Crested Serpent Eagle! 

Giant Squirrel! At the first instance, I didn't even realize that it was an animal. Look at the pic on the right. Could imagine the pinkish nose as a tip of a fruit like Mangusteen, now does the whole thing look like a big wild berry??!!! That's what I thought, when the guide was trying to point out the animals to me desperately. I was seeing them, but didn't quite understand what I was seeing!!! When I spotted them, they were 2. But by the time I captured them, 1 had gone away!! 

Lion Tailed Macaque - Spotted an entire family. But this fellow decided to pose in all angles for me!

Leeches - Blood sucking Leeches. Oh yeah, a couple of those did get into my shoes!!! My suggestion, wear a non leather shoes and apply salt water solution on it. Or buy nose powder in any local shop and sprinkle it all over the foot / shoes to prevent leech bites! Also take a tin of any pain relief spray (volini / moov) and spray on the leach if its stuck to your skin. 

That's the Ant's Nest atop a tree. I mistook it for a Paper Wasp's nest... 

Mr. Froggy trying to climb a stick...

I know its hard to figure out, but there are 2 portions of poop in the above pic, fresh from a tiger / leopard! Sadly didn't spot the animal though.

A tree clawed by a tiger!

Fungi on a dead tree.

Kunti River.

A stream forming a mini waterfalls enroute.

Refer my prev. post


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  1. I really like the giant squirrel...never seen before!

  2. Wow! A superb couple of scene and nature posts Bhusha.

  3. Lovely !! Silent Valley is awesome ! I still remember the agitation against the hydro electric power project in the valley sometime in the late 70's !! Am glad that the Govt finally gave up the project !

    1. Well, I dunno bout that, coz I wasn't born, lolz. But yeah indeed happy the virginity of the forest is intact..

  4. Awesome photos, Thanks for sharing

  5. I have been to Kerala once and I found the place heavenly!! Love to travel and watch different thing through your lense :)

  6. What a great trip. well apart from the leeches. YUK! I never knew there were giant squirrels. Looks an amazing place. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  7. Thanks all so so much for your time to read & comment!

  8. Excellent Pictures. Thanks for sharing. Wish to go there soon.....

  9. Wow.. Silent Valley looks like a must visit .. Beautiful Pictures!!

  10. Fantastic pictures! I never saw Giant Squirrel before ..

  11. Silent Valley National Park , is unique in tropical evergreen rain-forests, with umpteen numbers of rare species of flora and fauna.

  12. Beautiful nature pictures. ^^
    Lovely greets Nessa

  13. amazing pics! i´m following in gfc is you like follow me, thnks for your comment

  14. Interesting!


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