Kerala has about 30%
of its land cover accounted by forests. The forests of Kerala are famous
for elephants and tigers. Also there are a lot of animals are there like
sambar, deer and wild buffalos. Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary, Parambikulam
Wild Life Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park are the major Wild Life
centers. Kumarakom, Thattekad, Myladumpara are the main Bird watching
The major tourist
activities that can be undertaken in the wild life parks are wild life
tours. One can really feel the smell of an Elephant in these tours. Elephant
rides, staying at jungle lodges, tree houses, fishing camps etc. are other
facilities available there. Guides are available in the Periyar Wild Life
Sanctuary for treks in the forest. The Parambikulam forest authorities
organize wild life tours in the park.
Elephants In Kerala
In Kerala one can see elephants in the streets. Elephants are used for
lot of activities in Kerala like Temple Processions, lifting heavy timber
trees and woods. Elephants have always found a place in the life of the
Keralites. No Temple festivals are completed without an Elephant. They
are loved and well cared by the people of Kerala. Certain organizations
like the forest department which own elephants, enroll them as employees.
These 'Elephant Employees'
earn salaries (with which it is feed). They are even pensioned off after
a certain age.
An Elephant is believed to be a quite intelligent animal; a well trained
elephant can understand almost 40 commands. It is also believed to have
a very good memory. As a 'supposed to be real life story' goes, a trained
elephant in a camp ran away to the forest, the big guy returns to the
camp after four long years and joins for work without forgetting a single
Wildlife in Kerala
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