The Mangalamkunnu brothers had purchased the first elephant, Ayyappan, in 1978 from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Ganapathy. Until then, it was a provision shop run by their father, Velupillai, which kept the family going. For Shakunthalamma, their mother, the elephants were an extended family.
In 1996, the elephants of Mangalamkunnu brothers were the main attraction in the Miss Universe competition organised by Amitabh Bachan in Bangalore.
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Nearest railway stations: Ottapalam railway station about 19 km
Nearest airports: Karipur International Airport, about 70 km; Coimbatore International Airport, about 95 km in neighboring state, Tamil Nadu.