Elephant Camp

The Western Ghats

In mornings and evenings you can see the reserve's working elephants being fed at the elephant camp just east of the Mudumalai reception centre, where you'll need to buy tickets. Most elephants here are rescued from the timber trade and are unfit to return to the wild. (While Lonely Planet does not recommend or condone recreational elephant rides, the admission fee to elephant camp helps keep these animals fed.)

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Nearby The Western Ghats attractions

1. Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

0.17 MILES

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2. Bandipur National Park

3.73 MILES

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3. St Stephen’s Church

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Perched above Ooty's centre, immaculate pale-yellow St Stephen’s, built in 1829, is the Nilgiris' oldest church. It has lovely stained glass, huge wooden…

4. Botanical Gardens

14.03 MILES

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5. Nilgiri Library

14.11 MILES

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6. St Thomas' Church

14.3 MILES

Set between trees at the eastern end of Ooty Lake, simple St Thomas' dates back to 1870.

7. Rose Garden

14.6 MILES

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8. Tribal Research Centre Museum

15.53 MILES

If you're interested in the Nilgiris' tribal communities you'll love this slightly scruffy, erratically open museum, with its fascinating exhibits on…