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03 May 2005 @ 01:28 pm
Tiger and Tusker  
Most people who go to the jungles for a vacation have one thing as their top priority - to see a tiger in the wild. During all the outings I've had, I seen people being really sad that they've not seen a tiger for so long and have even heard of some people who have been going to the jungles for the last 20-30 years just to catch a glimpse of this great cat. During the last few months, I was begining to get a feeling that I might have to wait for years to see a tiger, but was never desperate to see one since everything in the forest is so unique, but the tiger is surely the rarest of them all.

What I saw on the 23rd of April, 2005 was truly once-in-a-lifetime show. It was a hot humid afternoon and a couple of us decided to spend the afternoon in a watch tower hoping some cat will come to the water hole to cool itself. I parked my car about 50 meters from the watch tower and slowly ( quietly ) began the small walk to the tower with my heavy gear. The watch tower was surrounded by thick vegetation and we could'nt see (or hear) what was on the other side and once we were took a few steps on the watch tower, I looked around and saw a herd of 20 elephants hardly 30 feet from us. Well, I'm scared of elephants and had I known that elephants were so close to the tower, I probably (mostly) would'nt have taken the walk from my car to the tower. :D

Once in the tower, we waited there for about half an hour and in comes a tiger to the water hole as expected. This guy was a huge male and the place was now teeming with wildlife. Around me, there were elephants, gaurs, sambar, deer, peacocks, langurs, ioras, woodpeckers and wild boars. I have never seen so much concentration of wildlife at one place and the sambar and deer had not even seen the tiger and hence the forest was very quiet. While the tiger cooled, a tusker made it's way to the waterhole and both of them happily spent a lot of time in the water, absolutely in peace with one another. I cant put that feeling in words - seeing two of the most endangered and royal and beautiful animals - a tiger and tusker (prime targets for the evil ones) at one place. I could'nt have had a better birthday party!

600mm f/8. cropped. This tiger was atleast 150 meters from where I was.
Vikrant 'nerd' Aivalliaivalli on May 3rd, 2005 08:36 am (UTC)
Khewl ! ;-)

vinay sreenivasavinay_ks on May 3rd, 2005 08:42 am (UTC)
beautiful. he tiger and the elephant together. really good man.
shruthi_dipalishruthi_dipali on May 3rd, 2005 09:03 am (UTC)
> a couple of us decided to spend the afternoon in a watch tower

Can you do that? I thought you needs permission from the forest authorities to get into the jungle.
Yathinyathin on May 3rd, 2005 09:05 am (UTC)
Yeah. We needed permission to take my own car inside the jungle as well as stay in the watch tower. We did get the permission after a long wait at their office even we had taken prior permission. :D
shruthi_dipalishruthi_dipali on May 3rd, 2005 09:31 am (UTC)
stuff like this never happens on a safari.. :(
sandeepdeepsan on May 3rd, 2005 09:04 am (UTC)
that is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Hrish Thotadhempe on May 3rd, 2005 09:05 am (UTC)
lucky you !! :)

drop me your number at hrish.thota at gmail dot com man.. need to talk to you about few wildlife options like this to go to.. thanks ! :)
shandeegoddess on May 3rd, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
Wow! That photo is AMAZING!! I Love the tiger :-D
Shandee ♥
Yathinyathin on May 3rd, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)
I Love the tiger

Who doesn't? :)

This guy was nothing like what I've seen in the zoos. can't wait to get back to see him.
shandeegoddess on May 3rd, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
I love white tigers (Siberian) :-D Wish I could see one or pet one :-/
But Lion's my fave animal ;-)
Shandee ♥
Yathinyathin on May 3rd, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, there are no white Siberian tigers and only Bengal Tigers can be white. There are 4 White Bengal Tigers near Bangalore (Bannerghatta) and they are absolutely beautiful. But yeah, Siberian tigers are bigger and wear a better coat so that makes them the best tigers. :)

But Lion's my fave animal ;-)

The lankan lions, eh? :)

Indian lions were my favourites till I saw the tiger. :)
shandeegoddess on May 5th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
OMG! The Indian lions are gorgeous!! :-D
Shandee ♥
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Raghuragh_dr on May 3rd, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
that reminds me of William Blake's popular piece on the tiger, "Tiger, Tiger, burning bright" :)
First name, a nickname or a handlesmriti on May 3rd, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
Is it just me or do the elephants in these pictures look a little small?
Yathinyathin on May 4th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
That's a medium sized elephant and a very large tiger. :)

But the tuskers in the previous pics very huge - about 9 feet easily, this one was about 7 feet.
astra1111 on May 25th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
Hi yathin,
i came across ur journal... and i will accept tht i am more than impressed amazin stuff.. man ..
i am adding u as a friend amazin snaps :)
(Anonymous) on August 13th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Bro. This is amazing.

I'm planning to go to Nagarhole/Kabini this time.
Can you please tell me where this watch tower is ? In the kabini side or in the North nagarhoLe side ?

Which side is driving allowed ? LaSt time I stayed at Kabini River lodge, we had to go with their safaris. They wouldnt allow driving on our own.

Besides Kabini River lodge(south nagarhoLE) which are places are good for wildlife sightings ? Are there are any other lodges in the general area ?

This watch tower is amazing. I really want to check this out. Can y please give me any pointers ? Thanks a lot
Yathinyathin on August 14th, 2007 10:00 am (UTC)
It is the main watch tower in Nagarhole. You have to take permission from Aranya Bhavan in Bangalore before you can go to Nagarhole and then take permission from them to allow you to wait in the tower.