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Elephant rides should  resume in Anaimalai hills

Elephant rides should resume in Anaimalai hills

The demand to resume elephant rides in Anaimalai hills and Top Slip is being made by a number of tourists.
Tourists from various parts of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra used to visit this place. 

One has to travel 36 km from Pollachi town to reach Top Slip. On the 14 km ghat road leading to Top Slip from the Forest Department check-post in Sethumadai, tourists could watch the sight of deers, bisons, wild cattles, peacocks and a rich variety of animals and birds. 

There are 26 captive elephants in Kozhikamuthi camp in Top Slip. Rs 800 is being charged by the Forest Department for a ride on the elephant for tourists. For several months the camp remains closed due to a Coronavirus outbreak. The tribals of the area are hit economically as they are unable to sell their products to tourists. Hence their livelihood has become uncertain. 

With the beginning of summer holidays for schools and colleges, there is good potential for tourist inflow. The elephant rides would be a major attraction to the tourists and made them happy.