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“Elephant Fort”

Elephant Camp Sanctuary
Reviewed December 17, 2013

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 been renamed Anakkotta (meaning "Elephant Fort"). There are about 66 elephants. The elephants are ritual offerings made by the devotees of Lord Guruvayurappa. There are about 60 elephants housed in this complex. The visiting hours are 8.00 AM to 5.30 PM. The entry fee is Rs 5 per adult. An extra Rs 25 is charged for to use a camera inside the complex.

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Reviewed December 6, 2013

We went there at a afternoon time and the Elephants looked sober and tired. For some reason we were being asked to wait in the gate for a while when the ticket provider came running to issue the tickets. The tickets were very reasonable. (Though the charge for allowing camera's was a bit more for a Indian. I could see many people just hiding their cameras in bags and taking pictures with their cellphones when the staff was not around)
Few Elephants were being bathed using hoses and the workers there welcomed people to stand near the elephants to take pictures, when a family eagerly went and took pictures and tried to turn around the Elephant wala asked them for money, and he was being so rude for paying him less.. I didn't even bother to take pictures inside. But must say, some of the elephants were MAJESTIC!!! they had an awesome appearance!! We had a return train on the same day and didn't want to go far and get caught in traffic to return, so this was a very good choice. I don't regret for the time, I spent there. It would be more great if the staff was more courteous

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

There are about 60 elephants all over the place. My kid was amazed, could not control her happiness - the bathing,eating all the activities was an eye-opener.

All that was good, but it feels like old-age home of elephants - which makes you feel a bit odd. The whole place leaves you with a mixed feeling based your age/perspective!

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

If you have to see over 50 plus elephants in a single place then a visit to the Punnathoor Elephant Sanctuary is a must. You can see them bathing the elephant and maybe if possible participate in one yourself. All these elephants have been donated by devotees for the lords service.

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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 poor creatures. There was only one elephant who looked relaxed and happy while being bathed on the day we visited. No doubt the sanctuary is attempting to meet the essential needs of these animals and I was later told by a Keralan friend that they are very well looked after compared to other places. However, there seemed to be little understanding or insight into their psychological needs. As an Australian who has visited South India several times, I found this whole scenario a disturbing experience. I would not return to Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary.

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