After our short stay in Jaipur, my friend and I traveled to Kerala. We took a morning flight from Delhi to Cochin. From Cochin, we took a local bus headed to Kumily, a town located outside of  Periyar National Park. It took us at least five hours to reach this town and arrived at night.

The following morning we got up very early to take a morning boat tour around Periyar Lake. The tour was very peaceful and relaxing, and it allowed for some wildlife watching. We saw a  an Indian Gaur, otters, monkeys and different birds.

After the morning boat tour we took a jeep safari to explore other areas of the park, including the Periyar River.

After the jeep safari we headed back to Cochin. On the road, we stopped at Pattumala Church which sits in a hilltop and offers wonderful views of the tea plantations around it.

The last surprise on our way back to Cochin was this beautiful elephant whose owner had him eating by the side of road.

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