Periyar Through The Water

When I think of Thekkady and the Periyar Tiger Reserve, what comes to mind is a lake surrounded by thick, dense forests, and the iconic dried tree snags created when the lake was formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam over 100 years ago, not to mention the elephants that often frequent the water’s edge. It was cloudy when I left for the boat excursion and by the time I reached the boat landing, it was pouring; it is monsoon season after all. Salim said there would be fewer “sightings”, as the locals put it, since the animals tend to take cover in the rain.

Well, he was right, other than deer and bison there weren’t many sightings. It would have been great to see a herd of elephants as they’re a favorite of mine, but there’s always the element of luck when it comes to viewing fauna in the wild.

The experience was relaxing and rejuvenating, even without the elephants. Guess I’ll let the pictures do the talking, and acknowledge that I’ll just have to go back!

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