As summer approaches, elephants come out of forests in search of drinking water
Athiripilly: Dry days are ahead and forest areas and streams in forests are on the verge of drying up. Elephants, deers, wild buffaloes, sambar deers, wild boars among others have started to invade the human habitation. These animals depend on the streams to quench their thirst.
Elephants reach the rivers to drink water during daytime whereas other animals use the rivers during nights. These animals have to cross the Anamala road to get to the rivers. Elephants from Athiripilly till Malakkapara reach the streams during daytime. Visitors can see herds of elephants crossing the road to drink water from the streams. Sometimes a few elephants attack humans. An elephant recently attacked an autorickshaw driver at Pongalapara.
Wild elephants invading human habitation and destroying crops have become a routine affair. Large number of wild boars and sambar deers are seen during nights between Thumburmuzhi and Athiripilly regions and this is a major cause of concern. During summer, these animals are seen crisscrossing the roads at Anamala and if tourists do not exercise caution, then chances of danger are large.