Kodanad is a very peaceful and pleasant place situated near Perumbavoor on the banks of Periyar River in the Ernakulam district (also Kochi), Kerala. It's one of the famous training centres of Elephants. Located at the distance of 45 km towards the north east of Kochi, it's a place where the newly captured elephants are kept for training. Earlier, elephants were captured in the Malayattoor forests and trained at Kodanad. Though capturing Elephants are banned now and Kodanad has just become the training centre for elephants so as to be used in the safaris. These elephants are trained perfectly for riding and heavy works like exploring the jungles, transporting logs of woods from one place to another. There are many walkways beside the river that give pleasant experience to the visitors. There is a small wildlife park at the centre which is a home of deer and other wildlife.
During 1950-60's, Kodanad was known as one of the largest elephant training centres for capturing elephants from nearby regions but later in the year 1970, capturing elephant was banned by Government of India and since then Kodanad is used as a rescue training centre of elephants.