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Old 6th July 2009, 08:39   #16
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Wonderful write up and great pictures. These are amazing places and no matter how many times you visit, they always have something unique to offer.
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Nice pictures and travelogue. Kodai and Munnar are awesome with rains hanging around. Driving in the rains through winding roads are a thrill of its own.

I think the tusker which chased you (could have been a mock charge for all you know as elephants seldom do full charge) is possibly one of the camp elephants of Bandipur / Mudumalai in musth and not a wild elephant. The trimmed tusks are a pointer that this guy is a tamed one.

Though am sure it does not give you courage to know that its a tamed elephant and not a wild one when you have a multi tonner charging at you in full glory and you fumble your way through starting your car and trying to move away.

One of the biggest mistakes which people make is getting down from their cars to take snaps assuming because of the size elephants can't move fast. If need be an elephant can easily out run an adult human being.

I was witness to a similar charge by a mother which had a young calf by its side.

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I think the tusker which chased you (could have been a mock charge for all you know as elephants seldom do full charge) is possibly one of the camp elephants of Bandipur / Mudumalai in musth and not a wild elephant. The trimmed tusks are a pointer that this guy is a tamed one.

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That's a sharp one. Not sure whether they let the elephant's in musk to wander around, but a close observation of the snap it looks like trimmed tusks.

As you told correctly, most of the elephant charges are mock. Else I would not have been here to key in this after a lone tusker charged us in Masanagudi when we were on foot..
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That's a sharp one. Not sure whether they let the elephant's in musk to wander around, but a close observation of the snap it looks like trimmed tusks.
The reason the musth elephant is allowed to roam even if its a camp elephant is to encourage mating with wild elephants. Am sure you would agree very few wild elephants are as good as the camp elephants in terms of physical condition, because the camp elephants live a less sternous life as compared to the wild elephants who have to live with reducing habitation, unbalanced diet because of over grazing of forest lands especially the peripheral areas, not to forget man animal conflict.

So the offsprings from camp elephants are in a better shape not to forget the diverse genetic pool it may bring in since the camp elephants could be from a completely different forest area for all you know.

Thanks for the comment on the photo, it was just a matter of holding the camera steady and shoot
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roadie swift, that was a fantastic travelogue with great photos. You have tempted me for a Munnar trip... My favorite destination is Kodai.. but never done on a car...

Srikath, are you into any wildlife stuff

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Wow great pics & nice travelogue. Thanks for sharing it with us
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wonderful pics! weather looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!
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Whoa.. Fantastic pics and nice writeup.. Its tempting man!

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As one of the hotel guy said, India is facing drought situation and one of the tourist lambasting rain???

Please pray for rain and welcome the love of nature!!!
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Srikath, are you into any wildlife stuff
Wildlife is one of my interests, at one point every second week I used to be at Bandipur / Mudumalai / Muthunga / Nagarhole
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@Roadie Swift. Beautiful pictures I must say!
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wow, well written! loved the pic of the green hills and the blue skies - the very second kodai pic. looks too good to be real :P taken with a filter or what?
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Nice pics of munnar & kodai. BTW, have you taken any pics in and around where you stayed?
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