Kodanad is a rural village of Ernakulam district which is about 42 kilometres east of Kochi and lies in the Valley of Malayatoor Mountain. It is the headquarters of Malayattoor forest division. Its veritable natural beauty enhances its significance.The beautiful river Periyar flows on the north of this place. The place is located near the enthralling high ranges of Perumbavoor.The elephant training centre is the major attraction here which has a history of more than 50 years. Earlier elephants snared from the Malayatoor forests (the forests located on the East and North of Kodanad) were trained here. But now it is working as only elephant training centre after the ban on elephant capture was imposed in 1977. There is mini eco-park to enjoy and relax in the banks of Periyar river. The tourists can have a unique experience along the walkaways along the riverside .It is included in the list of Ecotourism destinations and one of the important places in the tourist map of Kerala.