Elephants are considered the most ornamental and auspicious animals in Kerala. No major festival or celebration in these parts is complete without a massive elephant procession. The people are proud of them and they are an important part of our culture. They are loved, revered and groomed with utmost care. They are often referred to as the 'Sons of the Sahyas’ (in reference to the Sahyadri Hills). As it is the State animal, the elephant is featured on the emblem of the Government of Kerala.
The Kodanad Elephant Training Centre, which was moved to Abhayaranyam near Kaprikkad, is one of the largest elephant training centers in Kerala. It is flanked by the high ranges and is set near the southern banks of the Periyar River. Since the ban on capturing elephants was enforced, this place now serves as one of the premier elephant training centers in Kerala. Muthanga of Wayanad and Konni of Pathanmthitta are two other elephant training centers. One may also visit Punnathur Kotta in Thrissur where over 40 elephants specially groomed for the Guravyoor Temple are kept. It is surely every elephant lover’s paradise.
08:00 hours to 17:00 hours
Elephant Care Centre
Ph: +91 484 2649052
Mobile: +91 9447979164
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 45 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, via Vallom - Kodanad Rd, about 20 km
Latitude: 10.153591, Longitude: 76.313981