Sakrebayalu (Sakrebailu) Elephant Camp, which is an ecotourism center, is the first spot of attraction for most elephant lovers. It is a forest camp in the southern state of Karnataka that is exclusively for captive elephants. It is located at a distance of about 14km from Shivamogga (Shimoga) on the Shimoga-Thirthahalli Road. It is considered to be one of the best camps to train elephants.
ಇದು ಮಲೆನಾಡಿನ ಆನೆಗಳ ಗೆಸ್ಟ್ ಹೌಸ್ ! ಸಕ್ರೆಬೈಲು ಆನೆ ಬಿಡಾರ ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗದ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಪ್ರವಾಸಿ ತಾಣ. ಅನುಭವಿ ಮಾವುತರ ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಪಳಗಿದ ಆನೆಗಳು ಇಲ್ಲಿವೆ. ಸುಂದರ ಪರಿಸರದ ನಡುವೆ ದೈತ್ಯ ಜೀವಿ ಆನೆಗಳ ನಿತ್ಯಜೀವನ, ಕ್ರೀಡೆಗಳನ್ನು ನೋಡುವುದೇ ಒಂದು ರೋಮಾಂಚಕಾರಿ ಅನುಭವ. ದಿನವೂ ಬೇರೆಡೆ ಓಡಾಡುವ ಆನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಮೈ ತೊಳೆದು, ತಿಕ್ಕಿ, ಸ್ನಾನ ಮಾಡಿಸಿ, ಶುಚಿಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
Elephants arrive at the camp from the nearby forests to take baths. The camp provides its visitor elephants with snacks and food. They are allowed to freely roam on the banks of the backwaters of the River Tunga and are then allowed to move back into the forests as and when they wish to. The camp is fully maintained by the Forest Department of the State of Karnataka.
The camp is an equal attraction for both tourists as well as wildlife enthusiasts. The interaction with these majestic animals beings are a remarkable experience as well as a memory that will last for a lifetime. Children are seen to enjoy the experience more.
At the camp the elephants are given training as well as proper attention for various reasons. The elephants from all over the state are brought here due to various reasons like illnesses, deficiency in nutrition and also behavioral issues.
The camp has a number of trained mahouts who are appointed to take care of all the needs of the visiting elephants. Elephants belonging to all age groups are given training at the camp.
Visitors are able to visit and interact with the elephants in all thrie glory and majesty.
They are also able to enjoy the beauty of the forests and the backwaters of the Holy River Tunga.
The camp is open for its visitors from 8:30 A.M to 6:00 P.M
Entry fee at for the camp: Rs. 30 for Indian Nationals and Rs. 100 for Foreign Nationals.
Tour through the camp on elephant backs: Rs. 75 for adults and Rs. 38 for children (only children from 5yrs to 13yrs allowed at this price).
The visitors are allowed to click photographs in the camp. Videography is allowed (extra charges applicable).
The camp does not have a specific season that is a best time to visit it. it can be visited during any time of the year and the same experience can be obtained. The camp is taken care off extremely well so that all the visitors through the year are able to have a wonderful experience.
Sakrebylu Elephant Camp is situated at a distance of 14 km from Shimoga town on the way to Thirthahalli.
ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗದಿಂದ ತೀರ್ಥಹಳ್ಳಿ ಮಾರ್ಗವಾಗಿ ಸಾಗುವಾಗ ಸುಮಾರು 14 ಕೀ.ಮೀ. ಅಂತರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಗುವ ಸಕ್ರೆಬೈಲು ಸಿಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಗಾಜುನೂರು ಆಣೆಕಟ್ಟಿನ ಸಮೀಪದಲ್ಲಿದೆ ಈ ಆನೆ ಶಿಬಿರ.
Several buses presently connect Shimoga from various other cities. Private vehicles can also be hired from the nearby cities and towns to reach the camp.
The nearest railway station would be the Shimoga Railway Station. Trains are available from all the major cities of the state. From the railway station one can use either taxis or buses to reach the camp. The camp is well connected from the railway station.
Nearest airport to the camp would be the Mangalore airport which is located at about 165 km from the camp.
Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Reserve Safari - 23 km- The reserve is home to a rare specis of lions and tigers. The reserve was started in the year 1998 and is said to occupy a wide area of 200 hectares.
Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary - 16 km- the bird sanctuary is a home to various species of migratory birds and is covered with dense forests throughout. Darters, Cormorant, Snake Birds and Egrets are found here.
Shivamogga City - 14 km- the city is the administrative centre of the Shimoga District.
Kodachadri - 110.5 km- The mountain peak is a covered with dense forests and is a peak that is located in the Western Ghats in Karnataka.
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary – 134.4 km- The bird sanctuary houses a number of bird species that migrate from various parts of the globe. It is the ultimate stop for bird lovers and bird watchers.
Jog Falls – 121.5 km- The falls is the second highest waterfall in the country. The falls also acts a major hydro-electric project of the state.
Agumbe – 79.4 km- This small village is also known as the Chirapunji of the South because of the amount of rainfall that is received annually in the village. The village is famous for its exquisite beauty and bio-diversity.
Nagara – 81 km- Nagara is a historic village which is famous for the Nagara Fort, Neelakenteshwara Temple and the Venkataramana Swamy Temple.
Kundadri Hill–79.6 km- The hill stands majestically with a height of 926m and is located on the Agumbe- Thirthahalli road. The hill is bound by an array of trees and lush greenery and provides its visitors with a good trekking experience.