Nestled in the serene western ghats bordered by the Nilgiris, the mountainous regions of Kerala, South India you will find Munnar, famous for tea plantations, cool weather and many more attractions like small waterfalls, beautiful gardens and elephant safari.
The Carmelagiri elephant park is only a few kilometers from Munnar town and it is a must see tourist spot. Here you can ride the elephant of your choice, feed it and take photographs.
It was our long cherished dream to do an elephant safari like this ! We actually got a chance when we visited Thekkady before, but unfortunately it did not work out. But this time we made it happen :)
At the end of safari which takes about 20 minutes in the forest, they will hand over a basket-full of pineapples and corn that can be given to the elephant by sitting on top of it. Kamala, our elephant coolly collected it like this :) Awesome
Well, this place is crowded almost always. So get there early so that you can enjoy the ride leisurely. Never forget to feed the elephants; they like it :) Well, they charge you for the photos which will be given to you, copied
on CD's, but only their official photographer will be allowed entry into the trekking spot inside the forest. So they only will be able to get good snaps.
There are platforms built at a height from where you can mount on them easily. The trekking was smooth, but when the elephant negotiated the turn to return back to the base by climbing down a slope we were clutching hard on the handles
But it was fun :) !
A great experience, indeed
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