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Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta)

Kottapadi, Guruvayur, India
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Guruvayur
Type: Religious Sites
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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The Punnathur Kotta, better known as "Anaikkootam" is situated at a distance of 3 Kms from Guruvayoor Temple, the famous Lord Krishna Temple. All Autos ply up & down from the Temple Town. Punnathurkotta was once the palace of a local ruler, but the palace grounds are now used to house the elephants belonging to the Guruvayoor temple, and has... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Punnathur Kotta also known as Anakkotta is situated around 6 kms from Guruvayur Temple. If you do not have your own transportation, then Auto is the ultimate choice to visit this place. Autos generally charge Rs. 50 from Guruvayur Temple to reach this place. We saw over 50 elephants maintained by Guruvayur Temple board here. Its so nice to see... More

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Guruvayur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This Elephant Camp is considered to be one of the largest elephant sanctuaries in the world housing around 60 elephants. Most of the elephants are trained to participate in major processions and daily temple rituals. This camp is visited by several tourists every year. You can see them live in an almost natural habitat. You can see their bath, play... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We went to Anakotta to see some elephants but the sight of so many elephants mostly eating and simply standing there was majestic. We felt very puny near those beasts and saw lot of activities performed to elephants such as bathing, drinking water, playing in mud, eating (mostly) and simply making sounds.. Nice memorable experience.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I went to the anakotta , punnathur raja's palce grounds, near the guruvayoor temple,just last week and it is a great experience. highly recommended with a good camera and zoom lens and you can get good pictures. ideally need a 2-3 hours in the morning light ut we had other plans so we reached early noon, so not many people... More

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Auckland
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42 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

5 Rupee ticket fee is too less for the treat inside the ana kotta. It is a unique experience where you can see around 60 elephants . Guides are available as well . Perfect time to visit would be either in the morning or in the afternoon . All cameras are allowed once you pay the fixed price based on... More

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Delhielhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

With the pachyderms there numbering almost 70, this place in indeed fascinating and brings man and nature closer. This place is a must visit to see elephants and men living together

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Visitors are welcome to this home for Guruvayur elephants who number 63 now, The place is around 3 kms from the temple and autorickshaws (if you dont have your own conveyance) can take you to this place. It is a big hit with children. A rare opportunity to see so many elephants living peaceful lives. Photo/video permitted,

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Kottayam, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Punnathur Kotta of , Thrissur district of Kerala. palace grounds are now used to house the elephants belonging to the Guruvayoor temple, and has been renamed Anakkotta (meaning "Elephant Fort")..The elephants are ritual offerings made by the devotees of Lord Guruvayurappa. This facility is also used to train the elephants to serve Lord Krishna as well as participate in many... More

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you have always wanted to see 60+ clinically depressed temple elephants standing chained and immobile in a landscape of paths set amongst trees this is the place to visit. My travel companion and I were quite stunned as we walked around, observing families and couples on their Sunday afternoon outing as they posed for photos in front of these... More

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