What this tour is about: This is a day excursion from Chennai to visit the Elefriends 101 (TREE Foundation WRRC Elephant Care Facility). Elefriends 101 is the only dedicated facility of its kind in Tamil Nadu, committed to providing injured, abused and neglected elephants with a new home where they can spend their days interacting with each other, roaming freely through the facility, wallowing in mud baths, and receiving a varied natural diet with correct nutritional support under veterinary guidance. In return, Elefriends expects nothing of the elephants, NO rides, NO tricks, NO performances. They are free to simply be and live in peace in a safe, secure and compassionate environment.
Plan for the day:
6:00 am – Pickup from hotel in Chennai, transfer 3hrs to Elefriends (please ask your hotel for packed breakfast)
9:00 am to 12:00 noon – visit Elefriends (Documentary on their lovely elephants, tour of the facilities, getting to know about elephants and their routines, feeding the elephants, observing elephants when they are bathed and grazing in the grove). There is also a small Biodiversity trail for children
12:00 pm to 12:30 pm – transfer to restaurant
12:30 to 1:30 – Lunch
1:30 to 4:30 – Return to Chennai
Please note: If you would like to spend longer at the centre, and volunteer to assist with their projects, we can arrange a full-day program. For those interested in deeper, long-term relationships, we can facilitate infrastructure projects to assist Elefriends in their efforts to give the elephants a better life. We can also combine the Elefriends visit with a tour of Mahabalipuram if you are interested
When: This tour runs all days of the week.
Cost: The cost depends on the size of the group and the number of adults and children. Please write to us with the number of people in the group, including the ages of the children, if any.
If you would like to do this visit and be dropped off at Pondicherry or Mahabalipuram, please let us know.
Our price includes transfers to/from Chennai or Pondicherry or Mahabalipuram by AC vehicle, elephant centre visit, and all taxes. Excludes meals, tips and gratuities.