Kodanad, the head quarters of Malayattur forest division, is known for the ├»┬┐┬ŻElephant Kraal├»┬┐┬Ż and is about 45 km from Ernakulam (Cochin or Kochi) and 12 km to the east of Perumbavoor town. From the Cochin International Airport you travel to Kalady and from there to Perumbavoor. Before you reach Perumbavoor, you turn left and travel about 5 kilometers to reach Kodanad, the elephant training center. Kodanad is also an orphanage: The total number of orphaned babies in the Kodanad center is ten of which four are male babies and six females. Be there at 8 o'clock in the morning. You can stay at Thani Illam in Thottuva near Kodanad.
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.