Location : Kodanad is about 30 km from Ernakulam town the highranges
on the southern bank of the river Periyar
Elephants are an integral part of Indian mythology
and culture. In God's Own Country, elephants are often referred
to as the sons of the 'Sahya' (the Western Ghats). Once a part of
every day life in Kerala, elephants are the most ornamental and
auspicious animals here. No festival or celebration is complete
without an elephant procession. Rows of majestically caparisoned
elephants, replete with colourful silken parasols form the most
spectacular part of any event here.
Kodanad, set on the southern banks of the Periyar river amid the
beautiful high ranges near Perumbavoor, is one of the largest elephant
training centres of Kerala. Earlier elephants captured from the
Malayatoor forests (the forests in the east and north of Kodanad)
were trained here. Since the introduction of a ban to elephant capture
Kodanad has been reduced to a training centre. The famous Malayatoor
Church is near Kodanad.
Muthanga of Wayanad district and Konni of Pathanamthitta district
are two other such centres. Another attraction for elephant lovers
is Punnathur kotta, of the neighbouring Thrissur district, where
some 40 elephants of the Guruvayoor temple are groomed.
Getting there :
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 30 km
Nearest airport : Cochin International Airport, about 65 km