Amazing Kodanad in the Lap of Malayattoor Mountain

Kodanad is a beautiful and eco tourism  village  located about 50 km from the Cochin city of Kerala. This village is in the valley of Malayattoor Mountain. Though there are various factors that together enhance Kodanad's significance, the primary reason is the sheer natural beauty of this belt. The village is also renowned because of its famous little zoo, Elephant Kraal, which is now located 2.5 kms away from the Elephant kraal and because of the fact that it provides an easy access to the annual festival at the Malayattoor Church. The zoo and the church are located opposite each other, on the banks of Periyar River.     It's simply amazing how this plain rural riverside entices locals, tourists and pilgrims the whole year round. Surprisingly, Kodanad does not miss out on its share of glamour quotient also, as this place is frequently haunted by TV crews, film and documentary makers. There are many walkways alongside the river and they offer a unique experience to most of the visitors arriving here. Another unique attraction of Kodanad village is that it is the only elephant-training centre in the Cochin City of Kerala. It specializes in training the stranded baby elephants from the wild. A decent number of people turn up at the center simply to watch the baby elephants in their infancy. As many as four to six baby elephants are brought in and trained in Kodanad every year. The training ground, known as Kodanad Park, also offers elephant safari to its visitors. Even today, the old 'Kraal' style to house elephants is used here.   kodanad_elephant_camp_248 The 'mini zoo' shelters and wild animals, which have been shifted to Abhayaranya recently, become unfit for survival in the local forest and some inmates of the zoo are of very rare species. In order to preserve the beauty of Kodanad in its natural state, the Government of India has included this place in the list of Ecotourism destinations. As a part of this project, the Kaprikkad village, which lies 3 km away from Kodanad, was built to entertain tourists in the most natural and environmental friendly manner.our quotient also, as this place is frequently haunted by TV crews, film and documentary makers. There are many walkways alongside the river and they offer a unique experience to most of the visitors arriving here. DSC_0198 In ancient days this total area landscape was within the hands of pattanmar (a group of Brahmins). A great civilization was there in Kodanad village. Kodanad village originating from Thottuva bridge and up to Alattuchira boundary. There was a prominent Christian family owned by Mangalam Estate nearby Chettinada. The family was giving life for more than hundred families. In brief, Kodanad was having a  great civilization and even now this area people are much cultured and educated. Nowadays the main attraction to Kodanad is our “Elephant pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat”. For the past few years mainly, Elephant pass is an attractive tourism and as well as treatment/yoga for foreigners and as well as Indians.  For the treatment inpatients we are giving accommodation and keeping a well maintained restaurant, which provides vegetarian food and Ayurveda diet.  The ambience  and calmness of our Retreat is exclusively excellent which is reportedly remarked by several people who are all visited Elephant pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat. The river view of Periyar is marvelous and no more is to say….!!!  KODANAD IS KODANAD…!!! No substitute for KODANAD…!!! 13