Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary- Day Tour place near Kochi, en route to Munnar
Day Tour Kochi – Kodanad, is a magnificent experience because this is the only center where baby elephants are trained in the state of Kerala. Kodanad is a secluded but modern village en route to Munnar located nearly 45 kilometers east of Kochi. This beautiful place is on the banks of River Periyar and known for the “Elephant Kraal” or the “Elephant training camp”. This is one of the largest elephant training centres in Kerala. A mini zoo within the premises also attracts visitors and and the park has access via river boats to the seasonal pilgrimage center of Malayattoor church which is located on the opposite banks of the Periyar river, offers unspoiled and rustic views of surroundings. Kodanad’s rural locality with elephants attracts visitors, film crews,and foreign tourists all around the year.
In the 1950s, Kodanad used to be the largest of several elephant training centres for captured Elephants from the adjoining forest regions. 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 center. Here, Elephants were trained by skilled people also known as ‘Paappaan’ in Malayalam language. Though capturing Elephants are banned now, Kodanad has just become the training centre for elephants so as to be used in the safaris. These elephants are trained perfectly for riding and heavy works like exploring the jungles, transporting logs of woods from one place to another. The animals from Kodanad elephant centre including the elephants have been recently rehabilitated to Kaprikkad, as the part of Ecotourism project named as Abhayaranyam, which is spread across 200 acres of natural forest.
Day Tour Kochi – Attractions
There are many walkways alongside the river and they offer a unique experience to the visitors. Tourists arrive at Kodanad fascinated by baby elephant’s various stages of development at the Care center. At least four to six baby elephants are brought in and trained every year. There are many walkways beside the river that give pleasant experience to the visitors. There is a small wildlife park at the centre which is a home of deer and other wildlife varieties.
Important Info:Traveler’s may reach the park before 9.30 AM IST and That’s the shower timing of the elephants in the camp and it’s worth watching.
Kodanad elephant training center Entry fee:
- Indian Adults – 20/-
- Children – 10/-
- Foreign Nationals – 100/-
Visiting Time: 08:00 hours to 17:00 hours.
Kodanad has got private bus services to places inside and outside Kochi town and run into several neighboring towns.There are frequent bus services to Perumbavoor from here. AutoRickshaws are commonly used for small distances. The nearest railway stations are Angamaly and Aluva. The Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery is only 16 km from the kodanad Elephant training centre. Kodanad is surrounded by many small but populous commuter villages, The notable ones are Koovappady, Thottuva, Alattuchira, Panamkuzhy, Cheranalloor,Kurichilakode, kaprikad etc. Vallam town, is one of the main interchange points for public transports
- Nearest Railway stations: Ernakulam Town, Angamaly and Aluva- About 45 km
- Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport
- Via Vallom (Traditional small wooden Boat)- Kodanad Rd, About 20 km
- Vallom from Koovappady Panchayat to Kodanad- About 8.5 Km
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