Elephant Hostel at Punnathoorkotta
Punnathoorkotta is the largest single place for captive elephants in the world. It houses more than 60 elephants of Guruvayoor temple. Once this had been the palace of Punnathoor Raja, the Zamorin king and the elephant hostel is located around this old palace.
Situated just 3 kms from Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Swamy temple, Thrissur, Kerala, this palace attracts many travellers and devotees. In the palace premises there are water tanks for the elephants to have a bath. During the Malayalam month of Karkidakam, the tuskers are given "sukha chikitsa"(restorative treatment).