Konni-The passing out parade at this training centre is a BIG affair.
Konni is a popular training centre for elephants in Kerala. Located in the district of Pathanamthitta, it is a major centre of tourist attraction in Kerala, and attracts visitors in large numbers throughout the year.
Situated about 11 km from
Pathanamthitta, the main attraction at the
elephant-training centre at
Konni is the huge cages built of wood to house
elephants. This massive
wooden cage is locally known as Aanakoodu and can
accommodate three to
four elephants at a time.
The chief task of the trainers here
at Konni is to train baby elephants, which
are brought to the training
centre after getting separated from its herd, or
found wounded and
roaming lonely in the forest. Experienced trainers, who employ
the time-tested methods to tame the baby elephants, follow
training methodologies. Some of the training programmes
besides making the
elephants to obey commands include, daily exercises in
the morning, which also
include a walk in the premises, followed by bath
and feeding of a special diet.
At Konni, visitors can get a
close look at these trainee elephants and can
observe and understand a
lot about their behaviour, especially that of baby
elephants, which are
often mischievous and are focus of attention of majority of
One can also find bigger elephants at
the centre, and a ride on these majestic
animals is an exciting one. The
bigger elephants are also some times used for
works inside the forest
land adjoining the training centre.
It is obviously a
training school with a difference; where size really
Nearest Railway Station: Chengannur, about 28 km
Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram
International Airport, about 119 km from
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