Residents of Coimbatore, tourists to the city and, in particular, nature enthusiasts have something to cheer about: elephant safari. The Tamil Nadu Forest Department has launched the safari in the region.
According to Divisional Forest Officer, Coimbatore, V. Thirunavukkarasu, the Department launched the service from the elephant camp at Chadivayal. Minister for Forests K.T. Pachamal launched the safari service on Saturday.
Mr. Thirunavukkarasu said that the Department had decided to use two kumkis (trained elephants) for taking visitors into the forests. Nanjan and Pari would take the visitors into forests twice a day in two slots of 45 minutes each. The first trip would be around 11 a.m. and the second around 3 p.m. The officer, however, clarified that the availability of the elephants depended on their duty. The Department would conduct the service when the elephants were at rest at the camp. And the safari was purely by booking. The Department did not encourage spot bookings. Tourists could dial 2650160 to avail themselves of the service.
Booluvapatty Forest Ranger M.S. Parthiban said that a kavady and mahout would accompany the visitors.