Periar day 2

Yesterday we got up at 5am to go on a jeep safari through periar tiger preserve. No, we did not see tigers, nobody does – it is 1000squar kms and there are only 43 tigers. However, we saw a ton of other stuff, including monkeys, hornbills, kingfishers, herons, monitor lizards. We took a hike through the jungle where our guide pointed out fresh elephant tracks (alas the elephants were nowhere to be seen) and later a boat ride around periar lake.

We were about to abandon our hopes for elephants by this point, but on our way back our amazing jeep driver spotted something waaaay off in a meadow – an elephant! He stopped the jeep and led us through the underbrush to get a good view, and shortly thereafter two more elephants came into view, a mother and baby. It was an amazing way to end the day…

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