Elephants and its significance in the state of Kerala.
Kodanad is set on the southern banks of the Periyar river near Perumbavoor and is 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 is now 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 are brought in and trained every year. Kodanad is currently the headquarters of Malayatoor forest division.
Flora and fauna
Kochi International Airport  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.
The main Rail station is Aluva(formerly Alwaye) about 25km from Kodanad. The Indian Railways  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.
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.
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.
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.
Tickets should be bought from the forest department counter at the entrancr. Rate is Rs-5/pax and Rs-10/ for the vehicle.
Wild honey is available at the forest office.
Carry your own food and water as there is only ice cream available near the entrance.
Nearest avaiable lodging is at Perambavoor town. 'Homestay' tourism is increasingly becoming popular in the area.
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.