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Elephant rehab center near Bangalore?

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Elephant rehab center near Bangalore?

Can anyone help me out. Watched something on television a year or so ago-- about an elephant rehabilitation center somewhere near Bangalore? Not a national park, very humble, a kind of private preserve that took in elephants and took care of them. If anyone could give me any information on this place, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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Not sure if this is the one you are talking about but I visited this place called Gajanur near Shimoga in Karnataka State and the Rogue Elephant Training Center was a nice place to visit and even give the elephants a bath at the river where they are taken everyday for a morning wash by their mahouts. Great opportunity for taking some pictures as well as having fun with them.

Hope this helps.



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hi marc, normally when in US they say near Bangalore it means something 4-7 hrs away from here.

i know of an elephant rehabilitation centre on the way from Mysore to Ooty -called Kargudi. it is famous in India. Mysore is 3-4 hrs from Bangalore and Kargudi should be around the same from Mysore.

hope this helps,

anil varghese



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hey man

Turleyhead is an expert on South India and i know for a fact that she has recently done this trip to this elephant center. You should tap into her knowledge.


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There are MANY elephant centers in and around Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala. Some are open to tourists for "human-elephant interaction" and some are most definitely not. All the care for domesticated or captured rogue elephants in India is overseen by the Forest Department. This includes the mahouts, who are mostly tribals and are given special consideration by the gov't. The use of elephants for logging has been illegal in India since the late 60s.

There is an elephant camp in Coorg, just near Kushalnagar called Dubare. (It's about 5 hours from Bangalore by road, via Mysore). The tourist program is run by Jungle Lodges, which is based in Bangalore. (You should be able to find them if you google the name. I know they have a website). The camp borders the forest area and is also right on the Kaveri river. You can bathe, feed, and interact with the elephants. Last time I was in the area, they only had a day program...but were in the process of building some tourist accommodation across the river (not sure that's such a great thing). There is a forest guesthouse on the property, but you have to get special permission from the forest department to stay there. There are also many nice homestays in the area...including stays on coffee plantations, as Coorg is THE place in India for growing coffee.

There are other elephant camps as well, but this one is probably the easiest one for most tourists to get to and experience.