Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

Vallom Panamkuzhi Road, Kerala, India.
tickets starts from INR 10

Things to Know

  • Zoo and aquarium

  • 1 - 2 Hours

  • Activity zone

  • Bird spotting

  • boating

  • Childrens play area

  • Safari

  • Tour guide

  • Baby friendly

  • Couple Friendly

  • Parking

  • Snacks counter

  • Dustbin


  • Adult
    10 INR

  • Children
    05 INR

  • Foreigner
    25 INR

  • Mobile Camera
    25 INR

  • Still Camera
    25 INR

  • Video Camera
    100 INR

  • Cash


Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary is an Elephant Training Centre is a rural riverside village in the Ernakulam district of the state of Kerala, situated on the south bank of Periyar river, about 42 kilometers east of Kochi. Kodanad is the headquarters of Malayattur forest division and is known for the ‘Elephant Kraal’ also know as the “Elephant training camp”. In 1950-60s, kodanad elephant training centre used to be the largest of several elephant training centres for captured Elephants from the adjoining forest regions. They were trained using Mahouts, especially skilled people also known as Paappaan in the 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. It's a popular picnic spot and tourist destination in Kerala too. It is the only elephant rescue and training centre in Kerala specialized for rescuing and training stranded adult and baby elephants from the forest regions across Kerala. Kerala is famous for its huge and elegant tuskers. The people of Kerala consider them as auspicious and they adore the famous tuskers of Kerala. Fully decked tuskers from Kodanad elephant sanctuary constitute one of the main attractions of the festivals of Kerala. These gentle mammals are given the privilege of carrying the idols of the temples. Guruvayoor Kesavan was the most famous among tuskers. When he died he was honored with a State Funeral. Rich aristocratic families own these elephants and treat them as their own family members. The elephants are trained in the Kodanad Elephant camp. There you can enjoy an elephant ride and the place is ideal for exciting photography as well. There are many walkways alongside the river and they offer a unique experience to the visitors. The Elephant rescue and care centre for central and southern forest region of Kerala is located here. Kodanad is known for its ‘Elephant Kraal’, elephant rescue centre, mini zoo and its access via river boats to the seasonal pilgrimage centre of Malayattoor. Malayatoor church and Kodanad are located on the opposite banks of the Periyar river with unspoiled and rustic views of surroundings. Kodanad’s rural locality with elephants attracts visitors, film crews,and foreign tourists all around the year.

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  • Minimum temperature
    28° C

  • Maximum temperature
    28° C

  • Humidity
    74 %

  • Pressure
    1009 hPa

  • Windspeed
    0.53 m/s² Calm

  • Wind Direction
    111 ESE East-southeast

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