In the mountains on the way to Thekkady

We left Cochin and drove about five hours to Thekkady. The drive was a little nerve wracking since we were driving around curves in the road and dodging traffic. The views from the higher elevations were really nice, though. The area looked like a South American rainforest since it was so green. It was also rainy since the monsoon season started. We went to a place with elephant rides. There was a guy on the ground with an umbrella that he hooked around the elephant's ear to get it to move where he wanted. Three of us went on an elephant. I felt uncomfortable with the way the elephants were being treated. They had chains on their ankles and were chained in place. I felt bad after the elephant ride.

We stopped at a spice market near the hotel and bought some spices and coffee.

Students riding an elephant

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