I'm pretty sure you'll find lots of reviews on Silent Hills in terms of the accommodation, service, ambience etc. Quite contrary to it, my review doesn't include any of it because we just had a one day trip in the last week of June in 2012. Instead I would emphasize on how Silent Hills can convert even your one day trip to a grand one. Our starting point was Mumbai and Palghar is around 85 kms away. My review focuses on 3 main things:
1. Getting There 2. Inside Silent Hills 3. The Sangam.
1. The resort lies right on the sides of NH-8. It's an extension of the Western Express Highway in Mumbai. At first I was sceptical about the road and its potency in having a picturesque landscape on the sides. I have to admit I was quite surprised at the beauty. The road was also in a really good condition and was six-lane mostly. Ardent drivers will have a wonderful time in manoeuvring the vehicle around the trucks which are like standstill objects in your path at high speeds. I can guarantee a speed of 120+ kmph as it was easily achievable even in Maruti Ritz. Once you reach Palghar, I would advise you to keep an eye out for the sign board. This is one of the few cons that I came across. If you are going from Mumbai, you'll notice a bridge over the Vaitarni River, and you are to take an immediate right after the bridge. The road is almost like a sudden drop from the highway and is viciously concealed. But once you have found that, it's just a piece of cake. The parking space is also large thereby making it very easy. All in all, like they say, getting there sure was half the fun!
2. Our itinerary only allotted a single day on the banks of Vaitarni. But it was a day spent well. You have one-day packages for the resort. The package we took was the one that covered the breakfast, lunch, an evening high tea, and entry to the water theme park. We reached there at around 11 am and although it was mentioned that breakfast was only till 10.30, we were just in time for it. There is a separate space for the one-day picnickers and the breakfast, lunch etc are arranged in that space only. Access to the ale carte restaurant wasn’t allowed. The breakfast, in buffet style, included Idli and Upma with Sambhar, Chutneys etc while the lunch, also in buffet style, was served with Rice, Puri, a couple of vegetarian dishes, crispy cutlets, an assortment of salads and pickles, Jalebi, and Custard. The food was delicious to say the least. The water-theme park is not exactly something that you would find in a full-fledged adventure park. Being a person who has been to the Wonderlas (in both Kochi and Bangalore) the rides in Silent Hills Resort were far from being exciting. But you have to admit, they have done a decent job in maintaining these rides. There are about 4 or 5 rides, with a family pool and a bigger pool fit for swimming.
3. I found the Sangam to be the most worthy part of the Silent Hills Resort. Although unknown to many tourists, the place promises to be a real “Relaxistan”. There are sign-boards leading to the Sangam, but I would suggest you to scout the place first. The path leading to the place packs a little surprise for anyone who wants to be a typical “Lazy Guy”. With cool breezes from the river, the location, right on the banks of the river Vaitarni, is furnished with hammocks. We couldn’t have asked for more and we spent almost the entire afternoon in that place. Further upstream the river is the actual Sangam or the confluence of the river and its tributary. Although the river is barricaded by barbed wires, at one point it has been made accessible by bending the wire. The place was something anyone seeking tranquillity would wish for. It was a grand culmination to an awesome trip.
So I would suggest you to pack your bags without thinking twice if you hear someone say Silent Hills. I hope the review was helpful. Enjoy! :)
- Also Known As:
- Silent Hills Hotel Palghar
- Silent Hills Resort Palghar, Maharashtra