Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

 

hills of Periyar

hills of Periyar

“This! Baby elephant!” our guide said as he leaned over a particular pile of poop. He leaned closer, and then smiled up at us, “Not too far away.”

My husband’s daughter looked incredibly hopeful.   We had been following elephant dung for a while now as we frolicked purposefully through acres of wilderness.

“This is beautiful,” I told her, a bit later as we stopped in front of another one of India’s pretty waterfalls. We still hadn’t seen an elephant, “Absolutely beautiful, but they should just call it a hike. It’d be worth it at that. Now we have our hopes all up, and apparently the odds of seeing a wild elephant aren’t that great.”

In the end, the closest we got to wild elephants was their dung. But I enjoyed the peace and quite of the Periyar Nature Reserve.  And I was happy to support and help preserve a home for India’s magnificent elephants and tigers.

our guide

our guide on the top of a hill

bridge in hills of Periyar

bridge in hills of Periyar

squirting a local plant

squirting a local plant

catepillar

catepillar

wild bees

wild bees

walking by the waterfalls

walking by the waterfalls

water fall

water fall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

view from our boat in the water

view from our boat ride on the lake

 

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