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“Avoid if you have an ounce of decency”

London, United Kingdom
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581 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 632 helpful votes
“Avoid if you have an ounce of decency”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

Simply zero zoological or environmental about this trip. Along with around 60 people you get to watch a few trainers washing their elephants. You learn nothing new, as you are told nothing. If you enjoy watching others pet their pets, then this is for you (I thought it was a little like watching a mate wash his dog i.e. watching a chore in action). Of course, following the washing, one is asked to pay to have a picture taken with the elephants. You are then taken to a kind of visitor centre, where you will find the most appalling prison for monkeys and a solitary puma. This is so far away from a zoo, that it just hurts deep down. These animals, in their tiny cages, do not experience life, or anything close to it. Do not visit the elephants, and thereby avoid supporting the depravities at this place. Horrific

Visited December 2011
5 Thank krys_k
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Live show - Very cute experience”
Reviewed January 26, 2012

Subject: Kodanand Elephant Training Centre
Early in the morning should arrive at the river at the right time (see the website!) Baby elephants and a big elephant coming to the river and the earth trembles. Elephants lie down in the water. Tourists are permitted to be washed. Be careful, can become dangerous. Listen mahaout! However, the elephant is the largest land mammal ...
Very cute and romantic experience. A little 10 rupees to be paid for the photographs
the picture. If you have an expensive camera, asked for 20 rupees. But it is worth it.
Also nearby is a very good restaurant!

It is worthwhile to go to the temple elephants. Guruvayoor is currently living in 62 adult animals. But Kodanad offers a more powerful experience.
We had a wonderful tour guide N.C. Vakkachan tel 9947577009

Visited October 2011
1 Thank silja999
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Neath Port Talbot, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
213 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“An amazing experience in an idyllic setting.”
Reviewed January 21, 2012

We visited the Elephant training camp for the 8.30 washing of the elephants.
There were 3 elephants on the day we were there and the washing lasted half an hour.
It was an experience to remember and enjoy in such an beautiful area.
Each elephant was washed by 2 men, although the public aren't allowed in the water any more apparently.
Just a word of warning, the elephants are hit on the legs with sticks from time to time and although it did not seem to distress the elephants, this may not be everyone's cup of tea.

Visited January 2012
3 Thank Attews
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