It was the best Christmas present Purazar could have given me. On our journey inland from Kochi to Munnar region, on Christmas day, we stopped at an elephant training center. The handlers only work with their elephants for three years to build a rapport. We watched them take their elephant down to the river and bathe them.
The eldest female in the group. She knew her daily routine so needed just the occasional polite instruction from her handler.
Elephant handlers bathing and creating a bond with their beasts. They issue commands in Malyali.
The elephants brought along their own food to their resting spots. The handler prepares a pile of branches and leaves the the Elephant will drag over.
Handlers taking their Elephant for a walk after the bath.
Video taping the elephant bathing.