Anakotta Guravyur

Activity Charges / Entry Fee: INR 10 for Adults , INR 5 for kids.
Time Required
Three to four hours
8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Difficulty Level
Best Suited For
Animal lovers and Families with kids.

Quick Info

Anakotta is a verdant elephant sanctuary having more than 60 elephants. Located about 3 km from the famous Guravyur Temple, Anakotta is considered to be one of the largest elephant sanctuaries in the country. The place attracts a number of tourists every year. Visitors can enjoy a wonderful experience of befriending elephants and clicking pictures with them.

Rankings & Ratings

A memorable experience with giant elephants.
Editor's Rankings

#3 in 2 Things to Do in Guruvayoor

TripAdvisor Ratings

Editor's Review

Since there are many elephants playing around in the sanctuary, Anakotta offers a nice experience to tourists. The elephants are quite active too. The view of the elephants is made even more special because of the lush green surroundings.


  • A wonderful experience with elephants.
  • Children will enjoy the visit.
  • Very minimal entry fee.
  • Lush green surroundings.


  • Taking pictures may be prohibited.
  • Can get hot and humid sometimes.
  • Jumbo elephants may be missing sometimes.
  • No elephant ride.

Detailed Info

Spread across an area of 11.5 acres, Anakotta is one of the largest elephant sanctuaries in India. It is a wonderful home to more than 60 elephants. Tourists visit the sanctuary on their way to or back from the famous Guravyur Temple which is just 3 km away. They enjoy befriending and clicking pictures with the elephants. The elephants at Anakotta are trained for temple rituals and processions. Since it has a lush green environment, the sanctuary has a calming effect on its guests.

Kerala is sometimes referred to as the 'Land of Elephants' and Anakotta is one of the major reasons for it. The sight of elephants playing around and splashing water at each other is a complete treat to the eyes. The greenery around makes the view even more beautiful. If you're lucky enough, you might even get a chance to watch the elephants being trained for the processions and rituals. Inside the sanctuary's compound, there is a traditional style house which belonged to a local ruler.