The animal had been roaming around in the region with two other elephants for the past few days.
A female elephant that fell into a well near Palacode in Dharmapuri on Thursday was rescued late in the night, after a almost 14-hour struggle. The doctors said they want the water left in the well to be pumped out so that they can sedate the animal.
The elephant, which strayed into a village bordering a forest in Tamil Nadu's Dharmapuri district, fell into the well that was covered with bushes and did not have a fence or wall around it, Rajkumar, the district forest officer told Reuters.
Forest officials lowered a bucket of water and some food for the elephant.
The elephant, stuck inside the nearly dry, deep well was was rescued after a 14-hour struggle involving personnel drawn from forest and fire and rescue services department. The pachyderm, after tranquilisation twice, was tied to a heavy duty crane on the ground using rope like, robust belts and then it was lifted to the surface level to all round applause.
Two excavators, trucks and cranes were on hand to pull the animal safely out of the well.
During its time stranded inside, coconut tree leaves were dropped down to feed it. According to officials from the Forest Department, the elephant will be released into the Hosur forest area, from where it had come here.