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 centers.
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
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.
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 command.
Wild Life Sanctuary