Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Kodanad – The Elephant Training Camp in Kerala

Kodanad, the very beautiful and charming village in Eranakulam district of Kerala, lies in the banks of the river Periyar. It is one of the famous Elephant Training Centre in India. Kodanad is almost 45 km away from Cohin and 12 km to the east of Perumbavoor town. It is the head quarters of Malayattoor Forest Division.

Things to Do and Enjoy

Here you can enjoy the beauty of restless baby elephants and the greenery around you. You can have an elephant ride to the places nearby. One can take comfortable bath in the river. You can also enjoy your days by cycling to the nearby places and by sailing on a country craft.

Important Places around Kodanad

1. Malayattoor Church
A five-minute country boat ride across the river Periyar can take one to the famous Malayattoor Church.

2. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
It is also known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. This sanctuary is also on the banks of the river Periyar.

3. Cherai Beach
Cherai Beach is the beach in Cherai village which is very near to Kodanad. Swimming and sunbath is possible here. The 15 km long golden beach is very neat and clean and you can chase the waves.

4. Historic Village of Chendamangalam
Chendamangalam, the historic village in Paravur Taluk in Eranakulam District is also near Kodand. Chendamangalam Fort, the 450 years old fort, is one of the oldest forts in India. You also get to see the blend of cultures and religion as you find a church, a temple and a mosque and the remains of a Jewish Synagogue at the same place in the neighborhood of the Chendamangalam Fort.

5. Kapprikkad Village
Kapprikkad, the main shooting location in Kerala is a neighboring village of Kodanad.

6. Mini Zoo with Rare Species
A mini zoo with a lot of rare species is also the main attraction of tourists.

How to Reach Kodanad

Kochi Airport is the nearest airport to reach this place. Aluva railway station on the Perumbavoor road is the nearest railway station which takes only 10 minutes to reach this spot.

Where to Stay

LAZY GACE, a cozy hideout tucked away in the town of Aluva, is a clean and affordable place to stay. It is on the banks of the river Periyar. There are just two independent rooms, a spacious common space, manicured lawns and, of course, the river flowing right in front of you. The rooms are well-ventilated and neatly furnished.

There is no in-house cook; however, Lazy Gaze has an arrangement with a few good restaurants from where guests can order food. Once you plunk on the bed, you gradually begin to soak in the silence and beauty of the place.

There are no ‘must-do things’ here. The whole place has been structured to provide absolute relaxation. The promoters also have a tie-up with a couple of boatmen who can ferry you along the river.

In these days of increasing work pressure, doing nothing has become a human necessity. And Lazy Gaze, the homely hideout, provides exactly that ambience.

9847043131 or 0484 2443318 for more details.

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