Indian Gaurs at Valparai

During one of our early morning walks in a tea estate in Valparai, Tamil Nadu, we spotted a herd of Indian Gaurs, about 10-12 in number. They were feeding themselves in the middle of a tea estate. We went closer, under the guidance of estate caretaker.Here’re some closeup photos of the Indian Gaur clicked in Valparai tea estate.Below one gives closeup look of female Gaur…

Below photo is without zoom-you can spot about 5+ in the picture, there were 5+ more around

The mighty Indian Gaur (Male). This one appeared to be in command of the group. Weighing about 1500 kgs, most of it is muscle and not fat, attack by these can be deadly.

As we went closer, there was constant eye battle. While the gaurs evaluated if we’re a threat that needs offensive action or if we can be ignored, we evaluated how further we can go without agitating the animals. Eventually there was a trade off. Gaurs slowly started moving away from us and we started retreating. I was thinking they were planning an ambush taking advantage of tea estate, but that didn’t happen.

Because of tea estate, we couldn’t see their white coloured legs. Even without that, it was a good experience getting so close to the gaurs (aka Indian Bison)
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4 Responses

  1. Holy. He weighs a solid 400 kgs more than most modern hatchbacks.

  2. Hmm….Lovely post!

    Liked the Gaurs!! 😉

  3. Thanks KK and WP

  4. Awesome pictures and nice writeup. If you are looking for package tours from Coimbatore or Pollachi to Topslip (Anamalai Tiger Reserve), Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Valparai, Athirapally, Munnar, etc please visit or

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