Baby elephant plays with mum at an elephant spa in India
A captive elephant plays with its mother at the Sakrebailu Elephant Camp at Shimoga, Karnataka, India. Situated at a distance of 14 km from the Shimoga town on the Shimoga-Thirthahalli Road, it is considered to be the best camp for training elephants in the state. The camp is major attraction for wildlife enthusiasts and tourists as it is one of those ecotourism centres that offers general people an opportunity to look at the tuskers from close quarters.
The camp houses elephants that require proper attention and/or training. The elephants may require training or attention due to a number of reasons such as illness, behavourial issues and deficiency in nutrition. The wild elephants are also brought in for training at the camp, situated on the banks of river Tunga. The main attraction of the camp is the interaction session allowed between the visitors and the elephants. Unlike other elephant camps of the state, this camp allows visitors to interact with the tuskers from a close distance. Such a session can last for up to 2 to 3 hours. Visitors have to reach the camp early in the morning to be able to watch the elephants being bathed in the water of the Tunga River by the mahouts. They can also watch the big animals enjoying their drink and then proceeding towards their feeding area. The place holds special attraction for kids as they get to see the large creatures enjoying by themselves in the water.