Trekking and bamboo rafting through Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. (Tap for video narration by my friend Aleksander of Norway)
A welcome break from the chaos of urban India, this national park is surrounded by spice and tea plantation filled mountains on all sides, nestled in the interior of South India. The lake scenes look like the setting for the first dinosaur herd scene in the original Jurassic Park. A few hours by bamboo raft took us to the heart of the park, with the bamboo half submerged in the water, just buoyant enough to keep your bum dry.
Tigers, elephants, deer, and wild buffalo roam the forests. We had an armed guard at all times, mostly for the risk of elephants charging than for any kind of cat predator. Camping is only permitted in permanent camps, which are surrounded by a trench as protection. The remains of a buffalo were hidden near our breakfast camp, spread around by tigers and then scavengers. On our exit, we accidentally caused a small herd of Buffalo to stampede away! It was shockingly quiet given their size.
Amazing flora abounds, including cacao-like cotton pods, soaring bamboo thickets, and the parasitic banyan tree, that consumes century-old deciduous trees from the outside in, gradually taking them over. Ground spiders exists through the grasses, building frost-like nets. #IncredibleIndia
Day 155 (Apr 23) of my 8-month #Eurasia journey. #Thekkady #Periyar #India
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