By Anil S.
An ‘elephant’ine love is what is bringing Britain’s Prince Charles to Vazhachal forests on Tuesday when he may set out for an adventurous sojourn through the 2,200-acre elephant corridor located at neighbouring Thrissur district.
A keen elephant-lover, the Prince will take a five-km-long jeep trip through the forest, before setting into a 300-yard trek along the riverside in his quest to know more about elephants.
“A hitherto unknown fact, that he is an elephant lover, is bringing him to the elephant corridor here which houses the largest stronghold of Asian elephants in the world. He looks for a first-hand experience; the jeep-trip through the forest is part of a forest-watch, following which he will walk from the dormitory to the Inspection Bungalow along the riverside. However, the final picture will be made only at the last minute,” said a top forest official.
Security personnel have analysed and assessed various routes for the jeep-trip through the forest and a final decision will be made only by Tuesday morning. Prince Charles is expected to spend about 90 minutes at the forest range.
Charles will interact with officials of organisations - Wildlife Protection Society of India, World Wildlife Fund and Wildlife Trust of India at the bungalow. Express News Service
“Endless fascination,” remarked Prince Charles’ while watching the performance of traditional art forms at the Kerala Folklore Museum in Thevara on Monday. The prince along with his wife Camilla Parker, who are on a four day visit to the state, reached the museum by 2.15 pm.
The prince said that he was greatly influenced by the architectural excellence of the Folklore Museum, which is a confluence of Malabar, colonial and Travancore architectural styles. The royal couple also inquired about the history of the mural paintings, the traditional musical instruments and the art works exhibited at the museum.