It’s an utter joy to visit elephant sanctuaries, watch the majestic creatures bathing and feeding. And if you love these gentle beings,as much as we do, then here’s amazing news for you. Kerala will soon get the world’s largest elephant care and cure facility. The famous elephant rehabilitation centre near Kottoor will get a revamp and become the largest international level elephant facility in the world. That’s not all! Expect to witness an elephant museum, amphitheatre, cafe and whatnot here. It’s all things elephant! Read on to know more.
World’s Largest Elephant Rehabilitation Centre To Come Up In Kerala
Kottoor’s jumbo care centre situated 25km from Thiruvananthapuram will get a total international level upgrade. This iconic elephant rehabilitation centre once upgraded will transform into the world’s largest elephant care and cure facility. As reported by Tribune India, this Kottoor elephant facility upgrade is part of Kerala government’s special programme for conservation and protection of elephants.
This facility shall get a makeover to give elephants a natural, forest feel. Spanning 176 hectares of forest land, this lush green facility can accommodate 50 elephants including the existing 16. The first phase of this project commenced in 2019 incurring a cost of ₹71.9 crores. Elephant enclosures with steel poles and nets, reservoirs, check dams at Neyyar Dam at special facilities for elephant calves will be constructed here.
Kottoor Facility To Have Elephant Museum, Cafe, Amphitheatre & Elephant Viewing Facility
Tourists can visit this revamped Kottoor jumbo centre for a lovely day spend. Visitors can take a stroll around the upcoming elephant museum and study and research centre for nature lovers. This facility shall also have a veterinary hospital with super speciality facilities. Mahouts shall have a training centre here. Tourists can also roam around the entrance plaza, administrative office, cafe and cottages. The best part about this facility is the special elephant viewing facility here.
This project also includes an amphitheatre and a unit for creating elephant dung paper and biogas from waste. A large kitchen space will be set up for cooking huge amounts of food for the majestic creatures. And they will be fed in a separate area. The public can view elephants from a safe distance from the viewing area. To pay respect to elephants, a cemetery and post-mortem facility will also come up here.
According to Deccan Herald, the upcoming Kottoor elephant facility will provide employment opportunities to tribals living near forest areas. Over 250 people can work here on a daily basis, and out of this 100 will be elephant herders. People visiting Kerala shall have one more tourist spot they can add to their wishlist.