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Address: Kottapadi, Guruvayur, India

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Unusually animal friendly

The elephants are really taken care of here. Those who are not well including aged ones have mahouts and doctors to look up to. The healthy ones are not overworked. All the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We visited Punnathur Kotta in mid July 2015. It is an OK experience as once you see the first few elephants it becomes a bit boring afterwards. The experience can be improved by holding tours where the tour guide can explain the background of each elephant and why some were in "musth" and some were not etc. Without a tour... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I haven't seen more elephants than this together in a place captive. Here you can see elephants of almost all ages, their different habits and emotions close by. There are small ones too. Also watch elephants bath. Photography is unrestricted but feeding the animals are dangerous and at your risk. Most elephants here are tamed and friendly, but remember, they... More 

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Cochin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The elephants are really taken care of here. Those who are not well including aged ones have mahouts and doctors to look up to. The healthy ones are not overworked. All the elephants look well maintained. This in a state notorious for ill treatment of domesticated elephants. A must visit if you are in Guruvayur.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A nice place to take children and visit this Kotta..But you have to be careful as Elephants are kept here even when they are in MASTH. Children may like it as they can see how the elephant gets bathed and accepts the language and gets trained for Temple activities......A good place to go!!!

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

There are many elephants and a great place for Kids. Frankly, I haven't seen this many elephants at one place. It is located around 3-4 KM from Temple and autos would charge around 60 Rupee. Entrance ticket is 10 Rupee. 30-45 minutes is fine to go around and explore the place. Not that well maintained though so don't expect cleanliness.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Its a must see place after the dharshan of lord guruvayurappan.....watching these beautiful elephants and their movements will make you forget the time.......seeing them bathing under the instructions of their sir is awesome....also be alert with the people over there they come to you selling elephant hair. Do not waste your money.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Don't miss this largest Elephant Sanctuary in India housed in Guruvayur! Anakotta (aka anathavalam) is a unique place - a world of elephants of different sizes and natures. Some are gentle and friendly, some are indifferent while a few are aggressive enough to be severely restricted by chains.

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Mysore, Karnataka, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Two views: as a domesticated elephants sanctuary Punnathur Kotta has perhaps the largest numbers. The elephants are looked after well and well-fed. But a true nature lover would always want to see those majestic beasts in their natural habitat. The space is less for 60+ elephants and they are not allowed to roam free. Once I could witness postmortem of... More 

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

With a legacy of about 400 years, the palace (Punnathur Kotta) built by the rulers (Punnathur Kings) became a temple property and the yard surrounding the palace was converted to an elephant shelter. The palace built in a traditional “Nalu Kettu” style was converted into a mahout training center. Gradually people started calling it the “Anakotta” (elephant fort).We can see... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

About 70 elephants, which you can walk around and see in the compound, at a princely charge of Rs 10 a ticket. Carry enough water or buy it at the gate. If only the elephants were not so tightly chained on their fore and hind legs, it would have painted the heart less. A great for kids and a novel... More 

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Address: Kottapadi, Guruvayur, India
Location: Asia  >  India  >  Kerala  >  Guruvayur

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