Kodanad

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Kodanad is no more a tourist destination in Ernakulam District of Kerala state in India. It was famous for adult and baby elephant training park activities and its rural riverside locality.

Understand[edit]

Elephants and its significance in the state of Kerala.

History[edit]

Kodanad is set on the southern banks of the Periyar river near Perumbavoor and was one of the largest elephant training, and rescue centers of Kerala. Earlier elephants captured from the Malayatoor forests (the forests in the east and north of Kodanad) were trained here. In 1977 the elephant capturing came to an end, but the elephant-training center are still in function. Kodanad then was primarily used as a rescue training center, and houses baby elephants at their infancy and various stages of their growth. At least four to six baby elephants were brought in and trained every year. Kodanad is currently the headquarters of Malayatoor forest division. Kodanad elephant training center is now rehabilitating all the animals except elephants, from there to Kaprikkad which is two kilometers away from the current location. The new mini-zoo,Abhayaranyam is spread over 200 acres of the forest area in which 100 acres are meant only for elephants.


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Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Kochi International Airport [1] is nearest airport located at Nedumbassery approximately 18 km from Kodanad. There are flights to and from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Sharjah, Jeddah, Muscat, Kuwait, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

By train[edit]

The main Railway station is Aluva(formerly Alwaye) about 25km from Kodanad. The Indian Railways [2] serves Aluva on the main line train services connecting it to other parts of the state and the country. Take a taxi from Aluva or use passenger bus service to Perumbavoor and then take kodanad buses from Perumbavoor.

By bus[edit]

Kodanad is accessible by direct bus services from its nearest townPerumbavoor. Perumbavoor is connected from all parts of the state of Kerala, through the extensive state run Kerala Road Transport Corporation (K.S.R.T.C.) bus service.

By taxi[edit]

Kochi to Kodanad around 50 km Alwaye to Kodanad around 28 km Perumbavoor to Kodanad around 11 km Traveling from Angamaly to kodanad is also fairly easy and it passes close to Malayatoor where there is a famous church.

Fees/Permits[edit]

The park is under the Department of Forests and under the control of Kerala State government, a pass of a nominal fee is needed at the entrance to this area. Monday is a holiday.

Get around[edit]

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Tickets should be bought from the forest department counter at the entrance. Rate is Rs 10 for adults and Rs 5 for children. Entrance fee for foreigners is Rs 25. Parking fees for 2 wheelers is Rs 5 and for car/jeep it is Rs 10. There is an Rs 25 fee for using still cameras in the park.[3]

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Trekking[edit]

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Wild honey is available at the forest office.

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Carry your own food and water as there is only ice cream available near the entrance.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Elephant Pass Resort, Kodanad (While coming from Perumbavoor, the Elephant Pass Resort is just 0.5km before reaching the Elephant training centre.), +91 9447557182, [4]. Even though the entrance of this resort is about 1 km away from the Elephant training centre at Kodanad, the backside of the resort opens to the back of the elephant kraal. Guests in the resort can walk to the elephant kraal. The resort is in the bank of Periyar river at Kodanad.  edit
  • Hotel Malayattoor Residency, 0484 2468100, [5]. Hotel Malayattoor Residency is at Malayattoor and is about 3 km distance from the Elephant training centre at Kodanand.  edit

Lodging[edit]

Nearest available lodging are at Perambavoor and Kalady towns. The newly opened Kodanad - Malayattoor bridge connects Kodanad to Malayattoor and Kalady. Malayattoor has a private hotel and an economic lodging facility provided by Malayattoor church for the pilgrims, which is just across the river.

Camping[edit]

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Respect[edit]

Kerala Forest deaprtment urges you to follow a no trace left behind policy. What ever you bring, please keep every waste in your own carry bag and throw to a garbage box in the next human inhabited area.

Get out[edit]