Elephant training - Kochi

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Has anyone been to the Kodanad elephant trainnig farm nnear Kochi? Of the flwg places, where do we have the best Elephhant training centre -
Kochi / Kumarakom / Munnar??
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kodanadu is the best and it belongs to the temple of Guruvayoor so they have a lot of elephants ,
and the other options are from the forest departments and they are sacartterd around kerala , and it depends on the availability of elephants,
so better go to kodanadu , itis not so far from trichur or cochin
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Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

Kodanad Elephant training centre or what they call Elephant Krall is located near Perumbavoor in Ernakulam District . It is owned by the Wild life Department of the Kerala Government .

If you want to see some of the pics of the centre you can visit the website
http://www.harithafarms.com/thepimentagallerry2.htm and look at the second photo collage ,(Hope this does not amount to advertisement)

If you want to go there some travel agents in fort cochin organising tours to there .

Or you can stay at Thani Illam in Thottuva near Kodanad and visit there


Please make it a point to go there in the morning around 8 am

Please avoid visiting the animal rescue centre attached to it

Mr.Kiranlal has mistaken Kodanad for Elephant Shelter owned by Guruvayoor Devaswom at Punnathhot Kotta. You can see lot of elephants there .

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Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

3 weeks ago, when staying at the Haritha Farms, we went to the elephant training centre and it was really impressive. As haritha said, be there at 8 o'clock in the morning, and you can join in the washing of the elephants in the river.
Our kids loved it and we did, too.
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Can you ride the elephants? How much does everything cost? How far is it from the city of Ernakulam?
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costs

Entry fee Rs.2 /- per person

Still Camera 10 /per person

vehicle fee Rs.10/


Elephant ride upto four people Rs.200/-

+ tips to mahouts --- do not pay more or do not pay less


Distance from Ernakulam will be around 50 -- 55 km


From fort cochin 60 kms
approximately


Even if you do everything mentioned above you will not be able to see the elephants bathing because they take it out to little away from the centre .
This is is the interesting thing which you should not miss. This is an area where guide books do not tell how to expereince the real situation .

Enjoy the Kerala
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Whats the distance and practical driving time like between Kumarakom and the elephant training camp?
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Not worth doing it

around 100 kilometers

and the road condition is bad due to a major road development

you can assume the driving time around 3 - 4 hours
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Thanks haritha - You just confirmed my feeling that it was just too impractical for a days trip.

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Really? that's so disappointing. We will be in Kerala (Varkala, Allepey, Cochin) for a week, and I would really like to see and ride an elephant! Will it be to difficult to do this in one day???
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It is not that easy in one day from Kumarakom .

We do it from here for our guests .

You can also do it from Ernakulam or Fort Cochin
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How do we get there from Cochin? Will i be easy to get there before 8pm? what is the best mode of transport?
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at the elephant training centre around 8 am

Cochin --- Alwaye ---- Perumbavoor ---- Vallam ---- Kodanad

Alternatively Cochin ----- Angamaly ----- Vallam ---- Kodanad


From Fort Cochin travel agents are operating trips .

Wilson Tours do it .For the residents of Delight Resort they run it .

We at our place organise for our guests if they are interested .


You can go there but make it a point to reach there before 8 am and follow the elephants where they are taken for the bath . If you are desperate to see it in the afternoon around or after 2 pm they have also one but the morning session is better .
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yeah sorry, meant am, my typo
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Thanks everyone for the info. Yes, we did go there (costed 1300 to hire an aircon Indica for the whole day), missed seeing them bathing, but still it was well worth it. The baby elephants esp. look very cute!

En route, there was a memorial ashram and temple at Kalady - the place where Adi Shankaracharya was born - Very beautiful and extremely peaceful. Despite not being much of a temple kinda person, this place impressed us. It was by the river.

Driving time to Kodanada (one way) was approx. 1 and a half hour.

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