Ernakulam -> Kodanad elephant training center
Kodanad elephant training center is a peaceful spot
among forest-like environment. Before 1977, elephants were captured from
the nearby Malayattoor forest and were trained in Kodanand. But now,
Kodanad Training Center trains elephants from very young age.
Tourists can have an elephant ride by paying fees. The elephants have been
specially trained for safari and are provided with saddles to make the
riding comfortable. There is a small wildlife park inside the training
center which accommodates a number of animals and birds.
Kodanad elephant training center is about 45 km from Ernakulam (Cochin or
Kochi) and 12 km to the east of Perumbavoor town. This is one of the
largest elephant training centres of Kerala.
As a part of this project, Kaprikkad, a village lying 3km adjacent to
Kodanad on the Periyar River banks has been set up in 2006 for
entertaining visitors in the most natural and environmental friendly way.