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5 Things I Learnt From Seeing Wild Elephants in India

Aka one of the most incredible, yet scary, experiences of my life.

It was on my list of things to do on India – see wild Indian Elephants – but given some experiences I’d heard from other travellers I didn’t know how realistic my expectations were.

I was travelling with my brother (Tim) and we decided to give it a shot at Periyar Wildlife Reserve, in Kumily, Kerala. 925 sq km of wild animals roaming free.

Tim insisted we go with the walking option, rather than the jeep or the boat. I wasn’t too keen about coming face to face with an elephant on foot (let alone a tiger, which also live within the sanctuary!), I would have much preferred the safety net of a getaway vehicle! However, my brother won the battle and we went with the trekking option.

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