Back to our sightseeing ways, today was a visit to the Dubare Elephant Camp. This is a unique elephant camp where elephants are preserved, nurtured and kept in safe surroundings. So after a a 2-hour ride, past bustling towns of Virajpet and massive coffee estates of Siddapur town, we reached Dubare. A small boat ride took us across the elephant camp. You could also wade through waters and what looks like a natural pathway of rocks to get across if you are adventurous. It ought to be great fun!
The elephant camp's main attraction is an
elephant ride (Rs 100 per person). Three rogue elephants (one of which was caught a couple of days before I went after it had gone on a rampage destructing property, farms, etc.) were held in large wooden cages and were being tamed.
At the camp, names, sex and ages of all the elephant members are listed and next to it is the kitchen where their food is cooked in a gigantic bowl that was boiling at the time I was there. Knowing an elephant's appetite and the enormous quantity of food these creatures need, I was not surprised that an elephant ride costs so expensive.
Meanwhile a baby elephant was clamouring for our attention and was ably surrounded by its doted parents. I patted the baby elephant and realised its hide was extremely thick with thorny little hairs. Magnificent creatures, these elephants are.