Elephant safari

#1 Jun 21st, 2004, 20:38
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I'm planning on going to Delhi, Mumbai and Goa in December and whilst in India would love to do an elephant safari or go to a national park to see elephants 'in the wild'. Are there any places near(ish) to where I'm planning on going?

Thanks for any advice!

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#2 Jun 22nd, 2004, 01:02
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Hi Bonsai,
I can't suggest anywhere in India for elephant safaris,,,,,,,,,,

But if you where to get over to sri lanka, you'd find places where you could go elephant back trekking
#3 Jun 22nd, 2004, 01:34
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Off hand, I've never heard of elephant safaris, but at least a few National Parks use elephants to transport visitors on short park tours. None of the ones I am familiar with that do, however, are close to your route. (Royal Chitwan in Nepal, Mudumalai in the Karnataka/Tamil Nadu border area) Periyar NP (Kerala) has elephants which can usually be seen from the boat tours and Nagarhole (Karnataka) has lots of wild elephants, but few visible and none for riding.

These would all be well out of the way for you -- does anyone else have any ideas?
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Nope
I was thinking along the same lines as m2 the nearest places to have a chance of seeing elephants arefore mentioned parks in Karnataka!
The Options for a safaris are "limited" I know Khanna and Bandhavgargh offer short excursions into the jungle to let you see a tiger that was tracked to the spot by local state employed guide. It lasts no more than 20 minutes and it's way out on your itinery (although forgoing Mumbai you could do this from Agra then onto the south)
But safari style through the jungle on the back of a elephant may not exist in India though I'm here to be corrected
A a few temples may have an elephant, occasionally a group of Sadhus will travel with a elephant for "alms"
So you may even see one along the way
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Hi Bonsai

Near Goa you have in Dandeli (Karnataka) a small elephant camp, and a lodge to stay there: Kali River Lodge. Southern Karnataka you also have a bigger one: Dubare Elephant Camp on Cauvery River.

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HI!
If you mean that you want to ride an elephant in to the firest - you can get a ride in bandhavgarh, Kanha and even Corbett.

If you want to see wild elephants - that's one animal you are bound in see in most National parks. I have seen the most number in Periyar.

For a 'touristy' ride, try the Amer fort in Jaipur.

Or, if you want to ride and pat a fully decorated elephant like a Maharajah be at the Great Elephant festival in Thrissur
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Hi Bonsai,
You have two choices of elephant safaris in India.The place I would recommend is Corbett Park.Here you could go for a morning or an evening ride within th epark for about 2 hours.If you are looking at a longer safari.......there are a few outfits specialising in longer( 3-7 days) safaris........expensive but if thats what you're looking for ........then that would be the place to go to.Could recommend a company called Joint Adventure........will dig out their e mail address if you want.Also Corbett has enough wild elephants roaming free in the park....a great place for wildlife.

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