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Elephant Kraal at Kodanad
|Founded by||Lijo KP|
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
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.
Kodanad has got a Private bus services to places inside and outside Ernakulam District and run into several neighbouring towns.There is 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.KL-40 is the RTO code for Kunnathunad Taluk and Perumbavoor. Perumbavoor JRTO is situated at Pattal.
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 transport.
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.
Abhayaranyam Mini Zoo, Kaprikkad
Most of the animals from Kodanad elephant centre except the elephants are recently rehabilitated to Kaprikkad, as the part of Ecotourism project named as Abhayaranyam, which is spread across 200 acres of natural forest.The project was inaugurated on 18th February 2011 by the Minister of Forestry and Housing, Shri. Binoy Vishwom. You can find Spotted deers, Sambar deers and young elephants here.
Places of worship
kodanad shiva temple, chettinada saraswathi temple, kunnumpuram ayyappa temple, edavanakavu temple, pancheswara Vishnu temple,( founded by: SARATH ARTS )
- St. Antony's Church , Kodanad
- St. Thomas Church , Malayatoor (2 KM)
- Bethlehem st.marys jacobite syrian orthdox church,Alattuchira
- Malayattoor Pilgrim 3 KM
- Kaprikad 3 KM
- Paniyeli poru 15 KM
- Airport 16 KM
- Angamaly 19 km
- Muvattupuzha 21 km
- Varapuzha (Paravur) 33 km
- Piravom 34 km
- North Paravur 36 km
- Kochi City 38 km
- Poochackal പൂച്ചാക്കല് 43 km
- Aroor 43 km
- Kodungallur 50 km
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