Monday, July 21, 2008

Aanakkundoru katha parayan-Jumbo tales

Mr. Sreekumar Arookkutty, author of the book' aanakkundoru katha parayan' also the director of the programme E4 Elephant in Kairali TV. Picture courtsey:The Hindu

Every elephant has a story to tell that's the theme behind the book 'Aanakkundoru katha parayan' a book by Sreekumar Arookkutty, is very interesting and informative for the elephant craze people around the world. The writer who is the director of the Program 'E4 Elephant' in Kairali TV is sharing his own experience with the captive elephants of Kerala. The book explains the history and their present status in the festivals of Kerala in their own words. Surely this book will invoke the love towards elephants in the minds of readers. This book covers the stories of 57 captive elephants of kerala. In each story he covers its auspicious signs(lakshanangal), its present owner, its relations with owner, mahout and others, its peculiarities,its popularity, comparison with its contemporary elephants and many many more. Its a wonderful attempt in the elephant field of Kerala. Through this book writer conveys the difficulties of an elephant owner, the dedication of mahouts and it reveals the world around a chained elephant trying to explore the history behind its violent behaviors. This book also contains the address and phone numbers of elephant owners of Kerala.Surely this book is a feast to the elephant lovers.
The book starts with the most famous elephant of Sri Guruvayoorappa -'Guruvayoor Padmanabhan' and then he narrates the story of 'Sri ParamekkavuSree Parameswaran' the elephant living through our hearts. The other elephants are Guruvayoor Valiyakeshavan(Punnathoor Kotta)

Nandilathu Gopalakrishnan(passed)

Pambady Rajan

Saj Prasad(passed)

Thechikkottu kavu Ramachandran

Ezhuthachan Sreenivasan

Kuttankulangara Ramadas

Kodungalloor Gireeshan

Ezhuthachan shivashankaran(passed)

Poothrukkovil Ganapathy

Kongad Kutty shankaran

Thiruvambadi Shivasunder

Mangalamkunnu Ganapathy

Thirunakkara Shivan

Mangalamkunnu Ayyappan

Karunagappally Mahadevan

Thrikkadavoor Shivaraju

Kuttankulangara Arjunan

Chirakkal Kalidasan

Cherppulassery Parthan

Asiad Appu

Chirakkal Mahadevan

Iringappuram Prakashshankar

Puthenkulam Ananthapadmanabhan

Mangalamkunnu Karnan


Shenoy Chandrashekharan

Puthenkulam Mahadevan

Paramekkavu Padmanabhan

Thiruvambadi Kuttishankaran

Thriprayar Ramachandran

Thadathavila Suresh

Cherthala Prameela

Bastian Vinayashankar

Manisseri Raghuram

Mullathu Ganapathy

Poomully Prithiraj

Iringolkavu Lakshmi

Ernakulam Shivakumar

Gurujiyil Shivanarayanan

Muthumala moorthi

Nakeri Ayyappan

Pallathankulangara Gireeshan

Oottoli Rajashekharan

Adiyatt Ayyappan

Kiran Narayanan kutty


Eerattupetta Ayyappan


Malayalappuzha Rajan

Chullipparambil Vishnushankar

Muthumala Rathi

Ravipuram Govindan

Thiruvanikkavu Jayaram Kannan

Kidangoor Sethu Lakshmi

You can buy this book from this link

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Elephants with Identity cards

It is assumed that all captive elephants of Kerala have their own identity cards. The identity card, called microchip contains a 10digit number which can be read by a card reader. All details of the elephants will be imprinted on the chip such as history, owner and physical details. The microchip in the size of a grain will be fixed under the left ear of the elephant. Elephants without microchip can not partcipate in any events.
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Aanakkottil is elephant shed. Most of our religious festivals will be incomplete without elephants. Most of the temples have permanent facilities to incorporate elephants during festive seasons. Its also called 'seva panthal'. This is a part of temple construction. This indicate elephants have a prestigious place in kerala's culture. More

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Join elephant conservation programs

Threats to elephants..

  • Poaching for Ivory
  • Destruction of natural habitat
  • Human-elephant conflict
  • Illegal capture of wild elephants for tourism

Join elephant conservation progarams....

A humble attempt to explore nature: Shades of violet

A humble attempt to explore nature: Shades of violet

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Elephant tourism

Chinnar wild life sanctuary
Wild life sanctuary is a confined area in which the eco system, animals and birds are protected by the Government.
Chinnar wild life sanctuary
A unique one of its kind with a variety of animals. It is located at 60Km from Munnar and 180Km from Kochi. The nearest town is Marayoor. Nearest Railway station in Kerala is Alwaye. Munnar-Udumal pett road is passing through the sanctuary. Its a wonderful site to observe the mammals Elephants and tiger.

Money plant Mandaram Changalam peranda

Guruvayoor Keshavan

Another film is in progress based on the life of the legendary elepphant Guruvayoor Keshavan. It is based on the novel named 'Guruvayoor Keshavan' written by Puthoor Unnikrishnan. Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran is acting as Guruvayoor Keshavan. It is a great honour to him to be a part of the story of his ancestor. Chirayckal gopi, a young tusker of Kerala is doing the younger stages of Guruvayoor Keshavan.
Surya TV is telecasting a serial based on his legendary life. This may be the first one of its kind in India. 'Gajarajan Guruvayoor Keshavan' is the title of this serial.
Guruvayoor Keshavan
Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran


Kodanad is waiting for International training centre for Mahouts.



  • You can have an elephant ride through the jungle at Thekkady. All the facilities are arranged by Forest Department of Kerala.

  • Trekking:Interesting trekking areas, mainly Kurishumala, pullumedu and Ottakkathalmedu.

  • Boating trips: enjoy the wild beauty from a safe distance and can take photos of wild animals.

Telephone numbers : 91-486-322620



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Elephant camps

In Kerala there are 7 Elephant camps run by Forest Department of Kerala.
  1. Konni
  2. Kodanad
  3. Muthanga
  4. Nilambur
  5. Aryankavu
  6. Thekkady
  7. Tholpetti

More about the elehphant camps of Kerala

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