Traveling to the jungles is always an enchanting experience. You never know what surprises it has in store for you. The long weekend was the perfect time to explore the forest down south India with a dear friend Pankaj Pipal- an architect who is excellent at exotic structures and is currently building a tree house in the forests of Tamil Nadu in India. Since he was arriving a day later on the 16th Aug and I had a long weekend from 15th, I decided to go ahead and spend a day at the elephant training center at Kodanad in Kerala.My experience at the elephant training center was dulled down due to the illness of its main elephant who one could ride on. But the beauty of my favourite animal next to the banks of the Periyar river made my trip there worth it; though I would have liked them better unchained and in the wild.