After 48 days in the rejuvenation camp, 31 temple and 18 forest elephants from different parts of Tamil Nadu would leave for their respective places on Tuesday evening.
The annual camp was held on the banks of Bhavani river at Thekkumpatti and Nellithorai near Mettupalayam. The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) and Forest Department organised the camp to help the temple elephants regain vitality.
The camp, spread over nine acres of land, began on December 20. This is the sixth rejuvenation camp and was sponsored by the State at an outlay of Rs 1.53 crore. The earlier ones were held at Mudumalai in the Nilgiris. .
For the first time, the camp was organised in the plains to avoid elephants travelling long distance in trucks through the steep Nilgiri Ghat roads to reach Mudumalai elephant camp.Unlike previous years, not only the temple elephants, but also forest elephants were included in camps this year.
According to officials, the participating elephants were under regular observation and treatment was given by a panel of veterinarians, who fixed the individual specific treatment on the basis of weight and physical conditions of each animal.
The elephants were regularly given supplements and healthy food apart from daily baths in the river and a brisk walk for five km a day.HR&CE Minister P Chendur Pandian and other officials of the department will attend the last day of the camp.