A Quest for The Lion-Tailed Macaque


I am a Malayalee but have rarely toured Kerala. This vacation I decided to tour the Silent Valley in search of the Lion-Tailed Macaque. It is a rare species and I must consider myself lucky to have seen it.

Silent Valley is a fully green region as is most of Kerala. We had a well experienced tourist guide. He kept knocking away the blood sucking leeches which are referred to as Atta in my mothertongue.

Enterance of Silent Valley National Park

Enterance of Silent Valley National Park | Image Resource: redscarabtravelandmedia.wordpress.com

Our tour guide grinned revealing his betel stained teeth as he showed off his skill to knock off leeches. He kept telling us the names of all the trees and plants on the way. We also came across a giant tree fern during our walk. Our tour guide proudly narrated the scientific name for it.

We were trailing past Kerala’s western ghats. It was truly a fun experience to watch the rainforests in the region. It was completely green and dark. The tranquility of the place cannot be explained in words.

View of the Silent Valley National Park

View of the Silent Valley National Park | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

This part of Kerala is regarded as an ecological island. There are many unique species of flora and fauna in this part of the world. There were several Culinea trees in this part of the forest. Here we could hear the distinct sound. Our tour guide told us that it is the Lion-Tailed Macaque.

We followed the tour guide as he confidently walked ahead. We enjoyed the visuals of beautiful orchid flowers on our way. As per mythology, this is the Sairandhri Vanam. It is the place where the Pandavas resided during their Agyat vasam.

Hanging Bridge across the Kuntipuzha River

Hanging Bridge across the Kuntipuzha River | Image Resource: wikimedia.org

We then got a distinct view of the Kuntipuzha. The crystal waters were nature’s greatest beauty. The sight was truly soothing. We again got to hear the calls of the Lion-tailed Macaque. The trees were also home to Nilgiri Langurs. It was also home for many diverse species of birds.

It was a really wonderful trip. We got to see nature in its virgin form here. I clicked a few snaps but the experience was in itself unique. It will remain one of my most memorable Kerala trips.

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