A day out with an elephant

elephant-300x200Elephants have always been poster boys for Kerala tourism. In a novel attempt to lure foreign tourists and elephant lovers, the Kerala forest department officials have come up with a hard to resist package.

Two persons can spend a day with an elephant at the Konni Eco-Tourism Centre for INR 2,000. Those who avail the package will get an irresistible deal including a rare chance to feed or bathe the elephant apart from enjoying a safari.

The tourists can visit the elephant camp and can even try their hands in giving these gentle giants a  thorough scrub and wash at the  bathing ghat in the Achenkovil River. The  tourists can also take home a few  photographs to keep these priceless moments fresh all their life time. There are currently five elephants at the Konni elephant camp where the tourists  can spend around six hours with the elephant. The revenue will be utilized for the maintenance of the camp.

Spread over 7 acres, the Konni Eco-Tourism Centre has many facilities including audio-visual library, elephant museum, restaurant and a children’s park.The third phase of the development of the Konni Eco-Tourism Project at a project cost of over   45 lakh is in the pipeline. The projects in this phase  include landscaping work in the elephant camp and improvement of the  elephant museum.

So in case you are planning a special gift for someone special think beyond the run of the mill gift ideas and plan a day out with the jumbos. It will surely be something priceless not just for the recipient but also for those who gift it!

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