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Saturday, September 24, 2011


        Elephants when in a playful mood are lovely to watch. I have had several opportunities of watching elephants in wild enjoying in their natural habitat which is something different from what we see in zoo, melas or in temples.

        In Kerala we have several elephant camps maintained by the Forest Department and the major ones are Kappukad, Konni and Kodanad.

        Kappukad elephant rehabilitation centre is located at about 25KM from Trivandrum via Kattakada-Kottur. It’s in the Agasthyavanam Biological Park which is in between Neyyar and Peppara Wild Life Sanctuaries. Forest Department has arranged elephant ride ( Rs 200/- per head) for the tourists and the camp which is inside the forest and nearby the catchments area of Neyyar Dam is a perfect spot to be with the family.

        Konni Elephant Camp and training centre is 11 KM from Pathanamthitta which is the most famous and neatly maintained centre. The Elephant Kraal which can accommodate 3-4 elephants is the major attraction here. The centre has also Baby elephants that are separated from their herd; they are trained and tamed here by the Forest Department.

        Kodanad, which is about 45 KM from Ernakulam, 12KM from Perumbavoor Town is the head quarters of Malayattur forest division. It is also known for the ‘Elephant Kraal’. The Forest Department also runs a “Mini Zoo” here which attracts a lot of tourists. Before 1977, elephants were captured from the nearby Malayattoor forests and trained at Kodanad. Capture of elephants was banned in that year and Kodanad center does not engage in capturing elephants any more. The Kodanad center now focuses on training elephants.


  1. Hi!

    Nice post and very nice pictures...

    Thanks for sharing.

    New Delhi.

  2. Kodanad was a beautiful tourist destination for foreign tourists and a great picnic spot for the locals. I have been to this place numerous times during my childhood since it was very close to my home. Unfortunately, the animals were kept in a poor condition and lot of complaints were registered for animals abuse. All the animals from this place were either released or moved to an open zoo at Abhayaranyam. See the current status of Kodanad Elephant training centre

    Abhayaranyam is an interesting place to visit, which is about 2.5km from Kodanad. Many of the animals from Kodanad are moved there. Also, it is a good picnic area, which already started getting lot of attraction among the locals.

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