Photographer's Note

The mighty beast walking through mayyanad village of Kollam. I saw this elephant walking with coconut tree branches between his trunk and almost covering most of the road and blocking my two wheeler, then suddenly this kid in red T shirt appeared from one of the nearby houses and start walking along this mighty elephant. I couldn,t resist to capture the contrasting colours in front of me.

The Elephants of Kerala are an integral part of the daily life in Kerala, south India. They are loved, revered, groomed and given a prestigious place in the state's culturescape.

Unlike elephants in other parts of India, Kerala elephants are considered as very beautiful. People buy elephants looking for their lakshanam (Qualities to be considered as a good elephant). For example the trunk should be long and touch the ground, the elephant should be very tall etc.

Elephants are often referred to as the 'sons of the sahya'

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