Have you herd about Indian Elephants?
Elephants hold significant cultural and religious importance for a number of communities in India. One of the most widely visible examples of this significance is the depiction of the Hindu deity Ganesha, who is embodied with the wise head of an elephant.
Representations of Ganesha are scattered throughout the shops, restaurants and public spaces of India and since he’s associated with removing obstacles and fresh starts, he’s a welcome image to see around.
The deity Indra also travels on an elephant, so it’s not unlikely that you will see elephants outside temples as you travel around different cities in India – they are frequently included in traditional celebrations and festival practices.
One of the best places to see elephants in their home during your visit to South India is in Karnataka. There are roughly 6,000 jumbo elephants living in the wild in this state – that’s more than a quarter of the total number of wild elephants in India by conservative estimates.
We take care to ensure that the sites we visit are as friendly to elephants as possible. We advise against taking elephant rides since this can frequently only be facilitated through intense “training” of the elephants, which usually acts against their welfare.