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Kodanand Elephant Sanctuary

Abhayaranyam Kaprikkadu Elephant Training

Duration: 3 Hours

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Visiting Time: 8 AM to 5 PM

Day Tour – Ecotourism Place

Ideal for Family, Honeymoon Couples, Solo Women and Group Travelers

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Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary – Day Tour Place near Kochi

Kodanad, is a magnificent experience because this is the only center which the Baby elephants were trained in Kerala. Kodanad is a quiet but modern village on the route to Munnar, which is located nearly nearly 45 kilometers from Kochi. This beautiful place is located on the side of River Periyar and well known as the “Elephant Kraal” or “Elephant training centre”. In Kerala, This is the main center for training elephants. A mini zoo within the premises also attracts visitors and and the park could reach via boats to Malayattoor church, a seasonal pilgrimage place situated on other side of river Periyar, offers an outstanding views of the surroundings. Kodanad’s elephants locality attracts domestic as well as foreign tourists and film crews throughout the year.

In the 1950s, Kodanad was the biggest of many elephant training facility for captured Elephants, from the nearby forest regions. In the 1970s, Government of India banes the elephant capture and formerly, Kodanad is mainly used by a rescue and elephant training center. Here, Elephants were trained by skilled personals called as ‘Paappaan’ (Malayalam). Now, Elephant capturing are banned and Kodanad has become the elephants training centre which is been used for safaris. The elephants are trained purposefully for riding, exploring the forests and may transport the wood logs from one place to another. The animals from Kodanad elephant center have been recently shifted to Kaprikkad, is an Ecotourism project called Abhayaranyam, stretched around 200 acres of rain forest.

Kodanand Elephant Sanctuary Visiting Time – 8 AM to 5 PM

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.

Day Tour Kochi – Kodanand Attractions

There are numerous pathways beside the river bank which offers an exceptional understanding to the visitors. Tourists attain Kodanad enchanted by baby elephant’s various development stages at the 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. Wildlife park at the center, is the home of many different deer varieties and other wildlife.

Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary Entry Fees

  • Adults (Indian) – ₹20/-
  • Children – ₹10/-
  • Foreign Nationals – ₹100/-
  • Video Camcorder – Free

Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary – Routes and Transportation

Kodanad has many bus services to the places from Kochi town and services to many neighboring towns. Regular bus services to Perumbavoor are available from here. Auto Rickshaws are normally used for small distance in Kerala. The nearby railway stations are, Aluva & Angamaly. Cochin International Airport is around 18 Km from kodanad Elephant sanctuary. Kodanad is bordered with many small but populated traveler villages, The prominent ones are Kaprikad, Thottuva, Koovappady, Cheranalloor, Kurichilakode, Alattuchira, Panamkuzhy etc. Vallam town is the main swapping point for public transports.

  • Nearest Railway stations: Ernakulam Town, Angamaly and Aluva – About 45 Km.
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport – 18.2 Km.
  • Via Vallom (Traditional small wooden Boat) – Kodanad Rd, About 20 Km.
  • Vallom from Koovappady Panchayat to Kodanad – About 8.5 Km.

Kodanad Elephant Sanctuary- Things to Know Before You Go

  • An Elephant lover’s paradise to view these magnificent beings up close.
  • Good park with lots of variety trees including medicinal plants, centuries old trees.etc
  • One among the least crowded destination near Cochin.
  • A great Week end getaway from the city, Ample of parking facilities available.
  • There is a well maintained children’s park and cafeteria near the entrance.
  • There are tree huts made of bamboo in the park.


  • It will take least to 2-3 hours to cover the park if you are in hurry.
  • Have to pay for both entry and parking fees.
  • Not maintained well by the govt authorities.

Do’s and Dont’s

  • Carrying of food and beverage items into the Park is prohibited.
  • Do not litter the park; leave your foot prints only.
  • Smoking, consumption of alcohol and other contraband inside the Park is prohibited.
  • Feeding, teasing, disturbing elephants and other wild animals are strictly prohibited.
  • While inside the Park, do not keep pet animals, firearms, traps, poisonous or any other substance which is injurious to the wildlife.
  • Please take care to limit your presence in the designated areas only while inside the Park.
  • Illegal entry, use of unauthorized space, unauthorized trekking and picnicking is punishable.
  • Do not play music, honk or speak loudly. Silence can help you hear wildlife.
  • Do not carry plastic materials inside the park as the Park is a Plastic free zone.

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  1. 2.37 out of 5


    Truely lovable animals. Loves them. Thanks for including this in our tour. Thanks Prasanth, for this great suggestion.

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  2. 2.37 out of 5

    Shikha Garg

    Must visit place. we get to know lot about the life of elephants. amazing creatures

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