Punnathoor kotta guruvayoor – largest elephant sanctuary in kerala
Punnathoor kotta, the preservation center for elephants at guruvayoor
Punnathoor kotta is the elepahant reserve station in thrissur located along with guruvayoor devaswom, it considered as the biggest conservation center for elephants in kerala. there are uncountable number of elephants occurred here. the elephants are focused in open air, so visitors can easily catch the view of elephants at a minimal distance. punnathoor kotta is also known as ana kotta which literally means the elephant fort as the name suggests it contribute a vast area for the elephants. the elephants preserved here are take part in the festivals of guruvayoor sree krishna temple includes gajapooja and anayoottu. the fort is only 2 km away from guruvayoor temple.
If you plan a trip to guruvayoor temple you must visit two places around it, mammiyoor temple and punnathoor kotta. both of these two are located at the same way to fort. guruvayoor kesavan is the popular elephant in guruvayoor, it is believed that guruvayoor kesavan was the favorite of sree guruvayoorappan. he was passed away in 1976, there is a statue of guruvayoor kesavan is focused at the way into the fort. some elepahants of the fort is brought as ritual offering to guruvayoorappan temple. there is a separate arrangement for each elephants having drinking facilities. the food items supplied for the elephants are brought by trained elephants, it also facilities for training for the elephants. there must pay entry fee at the gate.
There is a traditional manner for treatment the elephants from the sick. the administration of the punnathoor kotta is maintained by devaswom board since 1975. there is a place is temple like palace is located at the center of the fort, which is in decayed state, it was the palace of punnathur rajas. you can access easily to the fort by rikshas, the nearest railway station to the fort and temple is at guruvayoor at a distance of 3 km. cochin international airport is 58 km from the destination.