Elephants are an integral part of Indian mythology and culture. They are often referred to as the son of the ‘Sahya'(Western Ghats). Being a part of daily life, these animals are ornamental and auspicious pieces now. No celebration or festival is complete without the rows of caparisoned elephants, sated with silk parasols.
Kodanad is situated on the southern banks of the Periyar, amid the high ranges, near Perumbavoor in the Eranakulam district of Kerala. Kodanad is one of the bulkiest elephant training centres in Kerala. After the ban on elephant capture, Kodanad has been reduced to a well known training centre. The prominent and historical Malayatoor Church is nearby.
Muthanga in Wayanad district and Konni in Pathanamthitta district are two other well known elephant centers. Another spot for elephant lovers is Punnathur kotta, located at Thrissur district, where around 40 elephants of the Guruvayoor temple are groomed.