Guruvayoor Elephant Sanctuary

The Anakotta (Punnathurkotta) is famous for Elephant sanctuary, Shiva temple, vibrant greenery

Punnathurkotta was once the palace of a ruler, but the palace grounds are today used to house elephants belonging to the Guruvayoor temple. and has been renamed Anakkotta.86 elephants were housed there but today there are about 59 elephants. The elephants are ritual offerings made by the devotees of Lord Guruvayurappan.The Elephant Camp is located in Punnathur Kotta at a distance of 3 km from the Guruvayur Temple. This Elephant Camp houses 58 elephants in 11.5 acres of land and is home to the largest number of captive elephants.During the month of July elephants are given special ayurvedic treatment and food.

Punnathur Kotta is a fine example why Kerala is called the“Land of Elephants”. Sprawling over 11.5 acres and surrounded by green foliage, it is a very beautiful place. Its prime attractions are the jumbo elephants; around 60 of them are kept and taken care of here. The playing elephant along with the scenic surrounding paints a very awe-inspiring and magical picture. Seeing the cute little elephants running around and splashing water at each other is a sight you definitely don’t want to miss. The male elephants are trained here for various religious processions that take place throughout the year. You might even get a chance to watch the ginormous bull elephants being trained for their duties.

Entrance Fee : The charges are very nominal for visiting the elephant camp. Entry charges per adult are only Rs. 10. It costs Rs. 25 for using a camera.

Visiting Time : The time for visiting the camp is fixed at 0830 – 1800 hours.

Visiting Duration : The entire trip dos not take longer than 3-4 hours

Traveler Tips

  • The weather here is usually hot and humid .It is suggested you wear light cotton clothes.
  • There is a lot of walking around here, so come equipped with comfortable shoes
  • People have religious sentiments attached to the elephants, so it is not a good idea to disrespect them in any way.
  • Elephants are really intelligent animals and do not usually get irritated easily. But never test the patience of an elephant by poking it or making faces, you just might find yourselves backed in a corner.
  • stay alert around the jumbos. Follow the cues of the mahout who understands its moods, if you wish to get closer to the elephant.
  • Do not feed the elephants anything. If you really want to then ask the mahout to give you something. The jumbos usually love a treat of bananas and jaggery (unrefined sugar).
  • Remove your footwear before entering the temple.

This is a famous tourist spot, promoted by Kerala Tourism.

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