Kodanad Elephant Training Centre (Ernakulam – Kerala – India)


 Elephant poaching and training were started in 1895 in the Malayattor forest reserves. The Kodanad elephant training, situated near the banks of Periyar was started in the same year, when the Travancore government decided to train the elephants caught in the wild. By 1950, it became one of the biggest elephant centers in Kerala.

Over a period of time, hundreds of other animals and birds were also brought into this place and it was developed as a mini-zoo. There were many mahouts here, who specialized in taming and teaching the elephants. When the Indian government banned elephant poaching in 1977, it became a rehabilitation center for rescued elephants from forests, who have been injured or separated from their herd. With the relocation of the training center to nearby Abhayaranyam, the Kodanad elephant training center became unoperational was closed later. Presently, the main Aanakkoodu (elephant Kraal) here remains as a reminiscent of its rich history. Currently, it is under discussion to turn the century-old place into a heritage monument and start a new center for research on elephants. Some elephant lovers also demands to open a rescue center for baby elephants here.

Veeranpuzha Beach (Ernakulam – Kerala – India)

  Veeranpuzha is a lake in Kochi, Kerala, India. It is the northern extension of Vembanad Lake.