From Madurai, we went to Periyar National Park, a park in Kerala at the border with Tamil Nadu that has a lot of elephants. On the way, we made a little detour to a somewhat remote waterfall. We had expected to be pretty much the only ones there
Sunbird (feeds on nectar like the hummingbird). This one sat in our hotel garden near the National Park. Our first trip into the park was a three hour night walk (sorry, no pictures) that was quite interesting because our guide was amazing at spotting animals in near total darkness so we could admire them in the soft light of our flashlights. And we did not need any help spotting thousands of fireflies floating prettily in the dark.
Red-whiskered Bulbul (in the park). When our driver got quite excited about a sambar deer showing up really far away, we got a bit suspicious about the kind of animals we would get to see in this area of the park (there had been plenty of sambar deer in Ranthambore).
The line for the boat tickets. The system was so inefficient that it hurt (with one man at the counter elaborately printing each ticket and closing the counter every now and then for an hour or so) but people took it with their usual grace and cheerfulness.