Elephants in Kerala

Elephants in Kerala
-Susan Sharma

Elephants in Kerala are conserved, protected, worshiped.   The Asian elephant herds in Periyar Tiger Reserve gladden the hearts of visitors who view them from a boat.  The Wayanad forests also boast of herds who roam the corridors connecting the Kalakad-Mundunthurai Tiger Reserve. 

Orphan elephants, often victims of poaching of adult elephants, are taken into the elephant training centre at Konni.  At the elephant camp, visitors can observe the elephants daily routine and activities.  

Kerala also has more than 700 captive elephants, mostly engaged in temple festivities.  Some are owned by temples but most belong to individual owners.

Here are some pictures which tell the story   

Elephants in natural environs of Thekkady

Orphan a "Kraal" in Konni

Training to bathe with tap water

Ready to bow to the Diety in a temple 

Wounds as a result of chaining over the years

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