Ark: Survival Evolved, a brand new title that features humans surviving against the throes of nature, dinosaurs, and humans will feature an offline mode for players who wish to experience the world alone. There is not a separate single-player game “experience.” Since ARK is a goal-oriented survival game about exploration and discovery, it can be played with 1 or more players and does not actually depend on multiplayer mechanics to be fun. It lets you play the game locally offline with rebalanced statistics befitting a single-player only experience, but is otherwise the same game.
Not much else has been revealed about the game, but an early gameplay trailer was released, allowing fans an early glimpse before the early-access release on June 2nd. If you’re ever planning to visit Kerala for a holiday, the one thing that has to be part of your itinerary should be elephant spotting. So for wild elephant sightings, there a quite a few wildlife sanctuaries and parks that you could visit to see elephants along with other wildlife animals.
Located in Thekkady, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one place where you can spot wild elephants. Located in Munnar, the Anamudi Peak which literally translates to “Elephants Foreheads” is home to the largest surviving population of Asian elephants as well as home to some endangered species of elephants like the Gaurs and Nilgiri Tahrs. Popularly known as Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary, which is considered to be Kerala’s second largest wildlife sanctuary is another popular site for elephant spotting.
Since elephants are also domesticated in Kerala on a large scale, there are many places where you can go for elephant rides and see them getting trained and taking baths. Located in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the Tusker Trail is a perfect place to take an elephant ride as well as watch them take baths.
Other than these training centres and elephant rides, it is commonplace to see the elephants in temples. Anayottam (“elephant race”) marks the beginning of the 10 day festival at the Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple. So as you can see, I was serious when I said that the people of Kerala take their elephants seriously.
Food for thought: It is said to be good luck if you start your day by seeing an elephant from its back.


Superficially similar to the Blue and Gold Macaw but with a blue, rather than black, throat, a fully blue head (rather than greeny-blue) and pinkish skin near the beak. The game will be releasing on Steam early-access on June 2nd, with an official release on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 in 2016. The world, the creatures, the challenges and all other aspects of ARK are designed around the idea that there are multiple ways to progress.
Most things will be easier with tribe members playing together co-operatively, but someone who wants to experience the game on their own will have a whole unique set of challenges to overcome! Since the elephants travel during certain seasons, you need to be there at the right place at the right time to get a glimpse of them, and probably even a small pot of luck. So during the driest months of March and April, one would be able to spot elephants and sometimes even tigers near the lake frequently. The best time to visit Anamudi Peak to catch a glimpse of the elephants would be around the months of November to February.
Over here, the jeep safari does not dwell deep into the forest but through the well-laid roads inside the park where you could be stopped by elephants or even other wildlife animals crossing the road.
They provide 2 different programmes for one and two hours including various activities with the elephants. Over here, baby elephants that are lost as they wandered away from their herd, injured or roaming alone are taken in for training. Almost every temple festival calls for the presence of an elephant and hence almost every temple owns an elephant. This festival is filled with music and fireworks and the biggest attraction of all: the elephants decorated with “nettipattam” and standing in the center of the show. In this event, elephants with their “papaans” (mahouts) on top of them race to the finish line. From their protection to tourism and temple festivals to races, the people of Kerala keep elephants very close to their heart. A vivid reader, a holiday in her definition would be getting cosy in a couch with a book all day.


Most macaws are suffering population decline through habitat destruction and trapping for the pet trade. Whether played online or single-player locally, ARK actually has goals that work for a single-player experience such as questing, bosses, and an end-game victory.
And in Kerala, they take elephants very seriously and have even named them to be the state animal.
Kerala has one of the largest number of domestic elephants in India with the number as high as around 700. But since the number of wild elephants is in thousands in this park, you are almost sure to see elephants on your safari to this park.
You could even go to the Madhumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu which is located nearby for elephant rides. It is a very joyous sight to see these naughty baby elephants who are always very welcoming to visitors getting trained. There are more than 50 elephants from various temples that are displayed here with the largest ones usually at the centre.
This festival takes place in the Malayalam month of Medam which usually falls in the month of April.
Maintaining an elephant is a costly affair and hence having an elephant at your home symbolized how much wealth you possessed. Well, the winning elephant gets the honor to carry the Thidambu, the replica of the idol of Guruvayurappan at every special religious occasion for a year. But beware, the crowds are going to be massive and there would barely be anyplace to stand.
But the festival is such an experience that it is just a necessary thing to add to your bucket list when in Kerala.



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