Sakrebailu Elephant Camp – Preserving wildlife through ecotourism

Hope you vaguely remember the Wildlife Week that is celebrated every October. The forest department makes an earnest attempt to highlight the need to protext wildlife and promote eco-tourism. However, due to the relentless onslaught of development, it is hard to find a wildlife sanctuary anywhere near the civilised world. During this year’s wildlife week, the Karnataka forest department has arranged an interesting event at the Sakrebailu Elephant Camp.

It is remarkable to see the forest department has finally understood the value of preserving wildlife as well as creating a sustainable eco-tourism activity. Indian environmentalists need to realize that nature can be preserved in a commercially beneficial manner! Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is one such eco-tourism destination that not only preserves wildlife, but also enables a sustainable eco-tourism activity.

Citizens of Shimoga (Shivamogga) are lucky enough to have an offbeat travel spot, which is not only interesting every time you visit but also endearing to people of all ages. Located 14kms away from the bustling city of Shimoga , the camp houses around 20 elephants that have been tamed and accustomed to human habitat. While the large tuskers create awe among visitors, the baby elephants steal the show through their naughty behaviour. We have visited the Sakrebailu Elephant Camp atleast 3 times over the last decade, but it is refreshing to watch these wild animals every time we visit.

There’s no joy bigger than a refreshing morning bath in the river


Get yourself garlanded by the gentle giant for a few rupees!


The affection between the elephant and its mahout is essential for a long-term relationship


Knealing down for a layer of herbal head cooler before going to the forest


The Sakrebailu elephant camp is conveniently located on the banks of the Tunga river


Quenching the thirst at Tunga River


The daily breakfast consists of raw brown rice, green gram, jaggery, etc., which is rolled into a packet ​of hay


Levine Lawrence
Stuck inside an air-conditioned cubicle... i yearn to ride into the countryside... under the open blue skies, where farmers toil in the field, smell mitti ki khushboo, fill more greenery into the picture... travel across the world, meet more people, bring smile on faces... and finally, work for world peace. Just like those Miss World statements! I am a veteran media professional with 12 years of diverse experience in business media and research in India. Apart from my full time job as a researcher, I have been an avid travel photo-journalist, who has covered the art & cultural aspects of South India. Further, I am actively involved in the voluntary organisations working on energy efficiency, organic farming and environmental issues.