Hindu temple runs Elephant Spa in God’s Own Country

We all love to enjoy a spa treatment. Turns out, it is not just the humans who have a desire to be pampered. Elephants too enjoy it and are being treated to a day-long elephant spa session at the well-known Guruvayurappan Hindu Temple in Kerala which runs the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard.

Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard

The Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard is located at a distance of around 3 kilometers from the Guruvayur Temple in Kerala. It is a massive complex spread across 11.5 acres of land. It houses 58 elephants and all the elephants housed at this camp are offerings which are made to the Guruvayur Temple by the devotees.

The Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard also engages in training the elephants particularly the male ones who are given special lessons are trained to participate in the daily and major temple rituals and processions. The camp has become a popular tourist destination and is visited by a huge number of tourists.

Elephant SPA at Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard

Every year during the month of July, a lucky group of elephants gets to enjoy a day full of pampering at this spa. This involves the workers at the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard massaging and scrubbing the elephants for one full day.The month of July is the start of the monsoons and is considered to be the month of rejuvenation in the country. Besides hosing, scrubbing, cleaning and massaging of the elephants, the elephants are fed with nutritious snacks. This helps to revitalize the elephants and keep them in good physical shape.

Why do these Elephants get the Spa?

The elephants are a major part of the traditions of the temple. They take part in processions at the Guruvayurappan Hindu Temple. Needless to say, it is a hard grind for the elephants. Thus, they are allowed to enjoy one full day of luxury. They are given a day off from work to sit back and just relax. This spa is a reward for the loyal elephants from the workers.

Besides the workers, locals and tourists also take part in the washing of the elephants. So, if you are up for some adventure and animal care to boot, visit the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard in Kerala in July to take part in this unique event.

 

 

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