Meet Padma and her caretaker. Padma was kind enough to let me take a ride on her back. She is 26, very young for an elephant. I think they had a friendly banter going on between them. He kept affectionately scolding her while she playfully troubled him by refusing to walk and obeying his direction every now and then. And oh, I found out that Padma is really scared of loud sounds. So while I was sitting on her back, she jumped like a baby at the sound of a small branch falling near by.
Small trivia – In Kerala, it’s only the female elephants that are used for the rides while the males are donated to temples by devotees.
Seen in Thekkady, Kerala.
Book an elephant ride here.
Also visit Kerala Tourism for further details on God’s Own Country.