Location : 2 km from the Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple, Thrissur
Visiting hours : 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Over forty elephants are groomed at the Punnathur
kotta ( kotta means 'fort'). Many elephants are brought as ritual
offering to the temple. You can spend a whole day with these huge
Watching the naughty baby elephants' playful antics is an entertaining
experience. The place provides you an opportunity to watch how the
sick elephants are medically treated in the traditional manner.
One can also watch the training given to the elephants for various
Remember you are in the land where people worship the elephant-faced
god Lord Ganapathy. Grooming elephants was considered a status symbol.
With the decay of the joint family system, supporting elephants
became a financial burden for many families. Gradually various temple
managements took the charge of looking after these animals. Anyhow,
even today elephants play a key role in Kerala's fairs and festivals.
Getting there: Guruvayoor is about 32 km from Thrissur town.
Nearest railway station: Guruvayoor station is at a walkable distance
from the shrine.
Nearest airport : Cochin International Airport, about 58 km from