Kodanad Kodanad is a rural riverside village of Ernakulam district, Kerala, southern India. Kodanad is situated on the south bank of Periyar river, about 42 kilometers east of Kochi. The nearest air port is Cochin International Airport which is about 20 km (12 mi) by road. The village is a major tourist destination because it houses an Elephant training center. Elephants are an integral part of Indian mythology and culture. They are oftenreferred to as the sons of the ‘Sahya'(the Western Ghats). Once a part of daily life, these animals are ornamental and auspicious pieces now. No festival or celebration is complete without rows of caparisoned elephants, replete with silk parasols. Situated on the southern banks of the Periyar, amid the high ranges, nearPerumbavoor, Kodanad is one of the largest elephant training centres in Kerala. Earlier the animals captured from the Malayatoor forests used to be trained here. Since the ban on elephant capture Kodanad has been reduced to a training centre. The famous Malayatoor Church is nearby. Muthanga in Wayanad district and Konni in Pathanamthitta district are two other centres. Another spot for elephant lovers is Punnathur kotta, of neighbouring Thrissur district, where 40 elephants of the Guruvayoor temple are groomed. Best Season: September to May Emergency Details: Divisional Forest Officer, Malayattur Forest Division, Kodanad, Eranakulam Dist. Ph: 0484 2649052 For more information about ERNAKULAM: [*00121004click here*] Transport Terminals: Malayatoor, Perumbavoor Location: About 30 km from Ernakulam, in the high ranges on the southern bank of Periyar river. How to Reach: Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam, 30 kms away Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, 65 kms away History In the 1950-60s, Kodanad used to be the largest of several elephant training centres for captured Elephants from the adjoining forest regions. They were trained using Mahouts, specially skilled people also known as ‘Paappaan’ in Malayalam language. In the 1970s, there was a ban to elephant capture by Government of India and from then on, Kodanad is primarily used as a rescue training centre. Kaprikkad ecotourism project Kodanad is in the list of Ecotourism destination projects sponsored by the Government of India. As a part of this project, Kaprikkad, a village lying 3 km adjacent to Kodanad on the river bank has been set up in 2006 for entertaining visitors in the most natural and environmental friendly way.