Kodanad In Kerala India

Kodanad In Kerala

Kodanad : Kodanad, a village set on the southern banks of the River Periyar near Perumbavoor, Ernakulam is one of the largest elephant training centres of Kerala. Earlier, elephants caught from the forests of Malayatoor were trained here. But since the enactment of a law banning catching of elephants, Kodanad has been limited to a training centre. The elephants are trained for safari and are provided with saddles to make the riding comfortable. The place also has a mini zoo, an abode of wild animals which have become unfit for survival in the forest.

Elephant kraal is the place where the newly caught elephants are trained for forestry works and other works. The present kraal is a six roomed one and has been constructed in 1965 replacing the old one. But this kraal is no more used for training; it is retained as a monument of the once famous elephant catching and training centre of the sate of Travancore. Now, there are a total seven elephants in Kodanad training centre, among them five are young. Location: Dt. Ernakulam, Near Perumbabvoor

How to reach : By Road: From Ernakulam town, head towards north (NH-47). Turn right from Aluva Jn to Perumbavoor, then proceed to Vallam. From there, turn right. The road leads to Kodanad Elephant Krall. From Cochin International Airport, head towards Kalady and from there to Perumbavoor. Before reaching Perumbavoor, turn left and travel some 5 kilometers to reach Kodanad. 45 km from Ernakulam (Kochi) and 12 km to the east of Perumbavoor town.

By Rail: Aluva (28 km to the west)

By Air: Kochi (22 km north-west)

Sights Around Kodanad : Malayattoor Church (22 km), Eringol Forest (13km), Kallel Temple (25km), PaniyeIi Pom (9 km), Kalady Shankaracharya temple (14km).

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