When describing the cruises of the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary, the Let's
Go guide on India takes pains to point out the sad state of the
boats in use by the government tourism agencies. Specifically,
they note that the ITDC (or some other random letter combo in
use by the agency) has "sad little green" boats... our experiences
confirmed the sorry state of the boats, and the cruise in general
(avoid it if you can). We took a more interesting 3 hour trek
through the park the following morning (7AM hikes are a bit brutal
for lazy-types like me).
Our "sad green boat" and some of the sights seen during our "cruise" around the wildlife sanctuary. In hindsight the cruise was a pretty bad idea, and I'd recommend against it... especially given the fact that the tour will probably be sold out and you'll have to buy the tickets on the blackmarket for 3-4 times the going rate.
Some other scenes from the wild-life sanctuary that we saw before and after our little cruise. Now onto the pictures from our trek through the park with Nikhil.
Here are some of the animals we saw during our trek.. we actually got to see an elephant herd, though it was from a distance. Wild boars are common, but still pretty cool.
Some general views of the park from our hike.
I guess elephants can't read signs.