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Monday, 10 June 2013



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Kodanad beautifully nestled on the southern bank of Periyar River is another major tourist destination during your Kerala Tour. It is a small riverside hamlet in Ernakulam district of Kerala. It is located at distance of about approximately 42 kilometers away from east of Kochi and remains to be the largest elephant training and rescue center of the paradise of the south. The main attraction of the village is the elephant training centre and if time permits make sure you do watch the how the elephants are trained. In early days the village used to be the largest elephant capturing centre of South India. Later in the year 1977 the process of capturing elephant was illegalized and finally came to an end.
bathing Elephant
In today there are about six elephant present in Kodanad among which three of them are offered to the tourists for riding. The other remaining three are especially trained for safaris. They are even well decorated with saddles which makes more comfortable for tourists for riding. Tourist of any type and any age can experience the elephant safari in here without any discomfort. In today there are still such place where royal families ride an elephant during ceremonies and occasions. It is a fact. Make your visit to Kodanad and fulfill your dream of such experience. Not only are the safari but there also other interesting activities that tourist can enjoy in here. Make a voyage on a boat for five minutes and visit the famous Malayattoor Church. During your visit do not forget to explore the mini zoo where you can have the close view of the wild animals. There are also a number of wildlife in kerala like Periyar, Eravikulam, Peechi, Chinnar, Kumarakom, Parambikulam, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary etc
Feeding child elephant

How to Reach
By Road: Taxis and buses take approximately 90 min to reach Kodanad from Kochi.
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Aluva, situated 28 km to the west of the village
By Air: The nearest airport is the Cochin Airport at Nedumbassery.

Places to Visit
St: Antony’s Church
River Front Resort
Siva Temple
Elephant Camp
Malayattoor church
St: Thomas pilgrim centre

Best Time to Visit 
a perfect getaway during the scorching summer season (aug-december)and also suitable for sight seeing activities

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  2. Kodanad was a beautiful tourist destination for foreign tourists and a great picnic spot for the locals. I have been to this place numerous times during my childhood since it was very close to my home. Unfortunately, the animals were kept in a poor condition and lot of complaints were registered for animals abuse. All the animals from this place were either released or moved to an open zoo at Abhayaranyam. See the current status of Kodanad Elephant training centre

    Abhayaranyam is an interesting place to visit, which is about 2.5km from Kodanad. Many of the animals from Kodanad are moved there. Also, it is a good picnic area, which already started getting lot of attraction among the locals.