Kodanad, near Kochi Airport is known for the ‘Elephant Kraal’ and is set on the banks of the Periyar river and is one of the largest elephant training, and rescue centers of Kerala. Earlier elephants captured from the Malayatoor forests (the forests in the east and north of Kodanad) were trained here. In 1977 the elephant capturing came to an end, but the elephant-training center are still in function here.
Kodanad is now primarily used as a rescue training center, and houses baby elephants at their infancy and various stages of their growth. Tourists arrive at Kodanad fascinated by baby elephant’s various stages of development at the Care center. Training plays an important role for elephants while their brains develop and they learn vital survival and cultural knowledge. The baby elephants at Kodanad are owned and taken care of by the Forest Department. There is also a mini zoo at Kodanad sheltering wild animals which have become unfit for survival in the forest.