Kodanad is a rural riverside village in the high ranges on the southern bank of the River Periyar.
It's is one of the largest elephant training centre and rescue center in Kerala. At least four to six baby elephants are brought in and trained every year.
It is in the list of Ecotourism destination projects sponsored by the Government of India. As a part of this project, Kaprikkad, a village lying 3 km adjacent to Kodanad on the river bank has been set up in 2006 for entertaining visitors in the most natural and environmental friendly way.