Aanakoodu or Elephant cage at Konni is a famous elephant training centre in Kerala where you can watch elephants closely and even have a ride on them. It is around 10kms from Pathanamthitta town and about 110 kms from Trivandrum International Airport.
Konni Aanakoodu offers a fun experience to its visitors. The museum set up at the place provides interesting facts about the elephant kingdom. The place is a delight, especially for children. In a short time, you will form a bond with the elephants.
Aanakoodu is the name of an Elephant Training Centre in Konni. Aanakoodu literally means 'Home of the Elephants. Massive enclosures built of wood for the housing of elephants can be seen here. Visitors can view and understand the behaviour of elephants, ride on them and enjoy the scenic beauty.At the training centre, they discipline or train the baby elephants rescued from adverse conditions. They are taken care of with special diet and exercises.
There are about 7 – 8 elephants at the centre. An elephant museum has also been set up which is a storehouse of information on these mammoths. Visitors, especially children are quite amused by the playful behaviour of the baby elephants. They can even play with the baby elephants. An interesting fact about the elephant training centre is that the elephant dung is recycled to make paper. There are outlets near Aanakoodu for selling forest products like honey and sandalwood.