Elephant Ride

Elephant

Padma the Elephant

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.

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Book an elephant ride here.

Also visit Kerala TourismΒ for further details on God’s Own Country.

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