Elephant on the road

India is one of the very few countries in the world where you will find an elephant walking down the road. We as Indians don’t find this surprising but as a tourist to India, you might find an elephant strolling down the road quite amusing or even frightening. Don’t worry, most of these elephants are domesticated and are used to being watched, photographed and ridden on. Elephants are of special significance in India as an animal that resembles Lord Ganesha (god of luck) and for being the mount of Goddess Laxmi (goddess of wealth).

Elephant on the road
Elephant on the road in India

If you want to see Indian elephants, then Bandipur National Park in the south Indian state of Karnataka is a good place to go. In addition, best places to see wild Indian elephants include; Periyar National Park in Thekkady (Kerala), Rajaji National Park in Dehradun (Uttarakhand) and Corbett National Park near the town of Nainital (Uttarakhand).

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31 thoughts on “Elephant on the road”

  1. Ah…I can never forget the elephant rides we used to enjoy as kids Shalu!

    We just had to see an elephant and our parents would agree for an elephant ride. Those days they weren’t that strict about letting us ride, which nowadays has become somewhat limited to certain places only.

    I love seeing elephants and the way they carry themselves – always a feast to the eyes. More so, when they are all dressed up for festivals and functions it’s a treat to watch them.

    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. I have seen not only Elephant but also many wild animals on the road, I don’t like Elephant on the road, Elephant should keep in forfest. They are happy & save in forest

  3. Hello Shalu,

    I like elephants very much. When I was kid, I loved every ride that I had, but now it’s quite embarrassing and I’m not kid anymore, Still my love for elephants is there.

    Every time I see an elephant, I get into trans mode for a while and stare at elephant recalling all those beautiful memories I have. I love India for having all these small wonders.:)

    Thanks again for reminding me my childhood. 😉

  4. Hi shalu ji,

    I have been to many states of India and must say elephants can be seen everywhere,But really it looks awesome to see a giant animal walking down the streets.

    Earlier i use to live in Noida,U.p when i was a kid.
    There have snake and newalas shows in streets.

    I agree with you that for foreigners it will be something like shocking but for us it is very common.

    Thank You
    Shorya Bist
    From Youthofest

  5. Hi Shalu jee

    Amazing share!

    The way this giant walks on road is lovely to watch. In Delhi the sight is very rare these days, they have become a part of the marriage ceremony these days.

    Thanks for the share.


  6. I was enthralled by these elephants that walk the street and the snake charmers that visited my village every Thursday in my childhood. It amazes me the way they behave so well even in crowded areas.

  7. Hi
    The Indian elephant is a must see when I go. Will have a look at where the national parks are because I want to see the domesticated ones and see how they are reveared by there keepers. But to see some wild Indian elephant as well would add so much to the trip.

    Great resource thanks lee

  8. it very pleasant and unforgettable moment to see elephant on the road but i think seeing them in forest is much better than the road. they should be keep in forest.they are not the property of of human’s.


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