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Anakotta Elephant Sanctuary: Hang out with grey, ‘tusked’ friends
True to the name,' land of elephants' houses one of the world's largest elephant sanctuaries. Drive for less than 5 minutes from Sterling Guruvayoor to experience the beauty of one of the heaviest animals on land. The lush green landscape, live elephant packs, makes Anakotta a perfect tourist spot for children and families. At Rs.250/person, we recommend this experience to guests looking for a relaxing day with mother nature.
Kerala, often referred to as 'Land of elephants,' is the home to one of the world's largest elephant sanctuaries. Retaining the former residence of Punnathur raja, Punnathurkotta was a palace that is now renamed Anakotta, meaning 'Elephant Fort.' The sanctuary once was the home for the legendary elephant 'Guruvayur Kesavan.' Spread across 11.5 acres of coconut grove, the sanctuary houses close to 60 elephants who can be seen enjoying the land and training for poojas at Guruvayoor temple. Guests are welcome to participate in different rituals like Gaja pooja, which is about worshipping elephants, and Anayoottu, where the elephants are fed as an offering to Lord Ganesha.
Anakotta is located at a walking distance of 2kms from Sterling Guruvayoor. The year-round experience is open for booking at Rs. 250/person. We recommend our guests spend an hour at the sanctuary admiring the playfulness of baby elephants. Enjoy the marvel of these four-legged creatures with your family and children.
Things to remember
Availability: All through the year
Water Bottles: plastic bottles will not be allowed
Walking Stick: Not required
Umbrella/Rain Gear: Seasonal
Kindly note that the minimum required number of participants is 2.
Priced: INR 250 per person including guide and vehicle charges
Taxes extra as applicable
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The Institute of Mural Painting: History, art, and culture for one and all1hrs
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Palayoor Church: World’s oldest church - is that right?1hrs
Palayoor church is known for many things - architectural grandeur, Renaissance-style planning, historical significance, and more. According to history, the church was established in 52AD by Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Over time, the church faced many hardships but continues its reign as one of the country's oldest churches. Sterling Guruvayur arranges a trip to the Palayoor Church at Rs. 250/person.