A beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers, and forests, Attappady is of great interest to anthropologists as this is the habitat of many tribes likes the Irulas and Mudugars. Located 38 km from Mannakkad, the place consists of mostly hilly highland terrain, fed by the tributaries of the river Cauvery.
The Malleeswaram peak is worshipped as a gigantic Sivalinga by the tribals who also celebrate the Sivarathiri festival with great gusto.
Attapaddy situated on the northeastern side of the district of Palakkad and spread over an area of 827 sq km has the largest tribal settlement. This is a nature-blessed area with forests, rivers and mountains. Mainly Irulas and Mudugas inhabit it. These tribals worship the mountain peak ‘Malleswaran’ as a gigantic Siva ling (Idol). An extensive mountain valley above the crest of the Ghat ranges with numerous rivulets of the Bhavani river. Attapady is inhabited mainly by tribes and some settlers from Tamil Nadu.
Silent Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Silent Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Situated in the Palakkad district of Kerala, the Silent Valley National Park is adjacent to the Attappadi Reserve forests to the east, the Palakkad and Nilambur forest divisions in the west and south and the Nilgiri forests in the North. This biodiversity hot spot is a unique treasure trove of rare flora and fauna.
The Silent Valley National Park is located in the Kundali hills in Kerala, along the hill ranges known as the Western Ghats. The Silent Valley is considered to be the last pristine region of tropical evergreen forest in India and is an area rich in biodiversity. The lush tropical greenery, undulating slopes, hills and rivers make the Silent Valley National Park a beautiful wildlife tourism destination in Kerala, India. The park is also known for the rare and unique herbs and plants that grow here, as well as the wildlife found in the Silent Valley, which include elephants, tigers and lion-tailed macaques.