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Address: Kottapadi, Guruvayur, India
Phone Number: 914872556335
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A home for temple elephants

A home for temple elephants, the elephant sanctuary run by the Guruvayur Devaswom at Punnathurkotta is a fascinating place. Roughly 3 kms north of Guruvayur temple, it houses some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
TMenon
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Chennai
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Small, Idaho
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I was not enough prepared about the abuse of the elephants in Kerala. I've seen terrible training I didn't knew the people there were capable of. The elephants were all chained so their participation was not voluntarily but based on captivity.

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Salvador, BA
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My dream was to see Temple Elephants but the truth is they looked extremely unhappy, Many had injuries and did not look healthy, many were very old and their eyes looked lifeless as if their soul had been lost.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Elephants were highly distressed and had several injuries. They were chained and unable to express natural behaviors. Mahouts use sharp bullhooks to control them. It is not a sanctuary, it is a concentration camp. Red alert for animal abuse.

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Chennai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A home for temple elephants, the elephant sanctuary run by the Guruvayur Devaswom at Punnathurkotta is a fascinating place. Roughly 3 kms north of Guruvayur temple, it houses some 60 elephants, all of whom are offerings from Lord Guruvayurappan's devotees. Punnathurkotta (Punnathur Fort) was the palace built by the local royal family, the Punnathur Rajas. After the last ruler of... More 

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Manama, Bahrain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place being quite nearby to my home, I take all my guests to watch the Temple's elephants kept in a large numbers. There should be more than a 100 of them. You can watch them being fed, take bath in the pond. Camera fees is required to be paid, but Videos are costly.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beautiful elephant sanctuary. Very nice place to visit for people of all ages. Watch elephants being fed, bathed and even having their nails manicured. The elephants are in chains and signs every where says they are unpredictable and don't mess with them, I guess they are for every one safety. It is a shame photography is banned in here.... More 

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Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Punnathur Kotta (Punnathur Fort) - The single largest elephant bank, in Guruvayur, Kerala, India - Property of Sree Guruvayur Devaswom.

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kozhikode
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Maintaining 66 elephant s great. .taking care of elephants is awesome .....nice place worth visiting with kids

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

You can see about 50 of elephants there. If you are an elephant lover you can spent there some time watching elephants.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

After the temple visit, we went to see the elephant camp, where there are more than 50 + elephants taken care by the guruvayur temple. Most of them are male tuskers and there were very few female elephants and infants. All the elephants were in their own world enjoying the bath or food or simply playing. This was a delightful... More 

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