Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), Guruvayur

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Watch elephants munch on palm leaves or play in the mud at Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta), an elephant sanctuary housing 58 animals. Owned and managed by a nearby Hindu temple staff, these elephants take part in various religious festivities, and they are also adorned and lent to other temples. Walk amidst these giant animals through this 4.6 hectares (11.5 acres) of coconut grove and watch them feed and bathe. See baby elephant and very old ones, including some over 80 years of age, and learn their names. A number of them are tied to a concrete stump, especially those in must. Make Punnathur Kotta (Anakkotta) a part of your Guruvayur vacation plans using our Guruvayur vacation planner.
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  • August 9, 2017
    This is 5 kms from the main Guruvayoor temple . There are around 50 elephants maintained here . The visiting timing is 9 am to 5 PM . There is a entry of Rs 10 that needs to be bought per adult . Phot...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    In this place we can see more than forty elephants. Each one is doing some activities like bathing walking and taking logs etc. Feeding of food to elephants in the afternoon is nice to see. This place...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    We can see very large, Medium and small size elephants. Must visit place.My son loves this place very much. The elephants are very beautiful.  more »
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  • June 21, 2017
    Tourists can visit the Elephant Camp or sanctuary that is located in Punnathur Kotta, at a distance of 3 km from the Guruvayur Temple. This Elephant Camp is one of its kinds in the world and is considered to be one of the largest elephant sanctuaries. The 10-acre camp was once the property of the Kings of Punnathur and houses some 60 elephants. In 1975, the present property was purchased by the temple authorities and the elephants were moved to the location from Sreevalsam, in a much-publicized procession. The fascinating feature is that all the elephants are offerings that are made by the devotees, at the temple.
  • June 27, 2017
    Nice experience watching the elephants lazing around. The place could be better maintained though. If you're somewhere near Guruvayoor, it's a nice place to kill some time.
  • May 11, 2017
    Such a lovely place to walk around with your kids and family. Fully surrounded by elephants of different looks and character. Had a lot of fun in here with my family. Also, they have got ample space for parking.
  • February 8, 2017
    A place filled with elephants - all sizes, shapes and colours. Good to spend a few hours here. The mammoths seem to be well taken care of. Nevertheless, they are still captive and chained - probably not how they would be in their natural habitats. There are nominal fees on parking and entry. Also, light snacks are available here.
  • June 20, 2017
    The place is home for around 50 elephants that are used for god Guruvayoorappan procession. Surrounded by lush greenery and lovely environment.

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