Thursday, February 28, 2008

Kerala Elephants-pictures

Pictures of majestic elephants of Kerala. Now its the time of festivals in Kerala. Elephant lovers are very busy to attend festivals, where elephants are the chief guests. Some pictures and details of Kerala's Elephants.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Puthenkulam-the elephant village in Kerala

Puthenkulam village is in Bhoothakkulam Panchayath in Kollam District. The village has the credit of having the largest number of captive elephants in Kerala. The village has more than 40 elephants. Puthenkulam Ananthapadmanabhan is the hero of elephant lovers of Kerala belongs to Puthenkulam Shaji. He had 9 elephants(6 male) including male baby elephant Shivan. The village has a lot of water resources and rich in coconut trees also. Thus it became the ideal village for elephants. Shaji's family started the elephant business in Puthenkulam. Once they had 23 elephants!!!After the festival season he gives rest to elephants. During this time he uses them for elephant-tourism. Many foreigners are interested to feed and bath an elephant. They are very curious to spend a day with this animal. Shaji is also on his way to a tourist facilitation centre at Puthenkulam.
Puthenkulam Ananthapadmanabhan the tallest elephant of South Kerala(10 feet 2''). Other majestic elephants are Puthenkulam Arjunan and Puthenkulam Mahadevan. 7 months old Shivan is the key attraction.
Every year more than 10,000 tourists are coming to this village. Here we can spend a day with an elephant. Facilities for elephant riding and trekking are also available.
Former Chief minister of Jayalalitha is a fan of Shaji. Actors Jayaram, Ganesh kumar and Babu Namboothiri are also regular visitors to this elephant village.

Elephants of Shaji Puthenkulam
For more tourism facilities and resorts at Paravur

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Veerappan-the elephant poacher

Veerappan the Robinhood of India had poached more than 2000 elephants. He had collected more than 88,000pounds of ivory worth 2.6 milli0n!!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Elephant safari

Riding on an elephant top. The most exciting and amazing attempt..This ride is used in wild areas where vehicles can not reach. This is mainly used in sanctuaries where the tourist can watch and take shots of the nature without any harm to the surroundings. More

Monday, February 4, 2008

Elephant ride from Thekkady to Kumarakom

They may be the first couples travelling more than 130kilometers on the top of an elephant. Berner and Herta from Germany have a great craze for these pachyderms. They have great desire to climb to the top of an elephant and they are giving thanks to their friend who is running a travel agency at Germany. He had arranged their trip from Thekkady to Kumarakom. The elephant was Ushasree Shankarn kutty owned by Raveendran of Ettumanoor. More

Elephants dead-hitting the train

Three elephants including a pregnant female were dead hitting a passenger train when they were trying to cross the railway line between Pothannur and Madhukkari station near Coimbathore. The pregnant female delivered during the impact but the baby also died at the spot. Two compartments of the train derailed but the 7 people inside the train escaped without any injury. The scene was a heartbreaking one, scattered carcass and the small cute baby elephant. The forest officials were chasing the elephants wandering in the outskirts of the city. Last night they used crackers to turn them away from the residential area.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Massage therapy for elephants of Kerala

Alke Riesterer, who is a certified massage therapist from US is doing her therapy on elephants which is beneficial to relieve stress and good health. She came to Kerala as part of her research on elephants. She had done massage to the elephant Shenoy Chandrashekharan at Kundannor. Wild Trust of India and Elephant care Association of Kochi assisted her in this program. She starts her massage from the legs and touches all parts of the elephant body. During massage the elephant showed signs of relief and positively co-operated with her for this one hour long therapy.More
Jack fruit photos vegetable garden Kuttanadu paddy fields

Elephant camps in Kerala

There are 7 elephant camps in Kerala. These are run by the Forest Department of Kerala Govt.
Konni-Pathanamthitta District
Muthanga -Wayanad District
Nilambur-Wayanad District
Nedumkayam elephant camp which is in Malappuram District, situated 18km away from Nilambur town. This camp is in the Nilambur reserve forest area. Nilambur is 40Km away from Malappuram.
Tholpetti -
Arymkavu-Pathanamthitta District
Thekkady-Kottayam District

Friday, February 1, 2008

Elephant as a friend

Consider this animal as a friend. Says Dr. T P Sethumadhavan in his 'Anaye Ariyan'. This is the ultimate solution to stop human elephant conflict. Kerala has more than 700 captive elephants. Mostly they are used for the festival seasons. Over work, improper feeding and negligence in musth management creates more stress among elephants and this results into the death of humans. In this book he also suggests that an awareness program among the people and children may help to reduce the cruelty towards this wild beast. In this book he also explains about the Pinnawalla elephant orphanage in Srilanka, Millennium foundation in Srilanka and Mahout Village of Thailand. More

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