One of the major reasons why tourists flock to Konni and Adavi in the Pathanamthitta district is because it is a training hub for elephants and has some really adventurous coracle rides. If you are planning your trip to Pathanamthitta, here’s a travel guide that will help you to plan your Konni-Adavi itinerary easily.
Localities call this place Aanakoodu. Elephant Kraal is a home designed to accommodate and train 4-5 elephants. When it was originally found in 1810, it was a place to keep captured elephants. The current structure that you see today was built in 1942 and it houses lost, orphaned, abandoned and hurt baby elephants. The large house structure is made out of wood called Kambakam. This architecture itself is a sight to behold. There was an elephant named Samyuktha, who was from the Konni Elephant Training Centre. It was gifted to the Republic of Portugal as a mark of friendship and co-operation with India.
The elephant training centre in Konni is located 10 km from the Pathanamthitta town. They are open from 07.30 AM to 05.00 PM every day, except on Mondays. The entry fee is INR 40 for adults and INR 15 for children above the age of five.
Our Konni-Adavi Travel guide is will be incomplete if we don’t have exploring Gavi in it. Gavi is a small village in the Pathanamthitta district. It is an eco-tourism spot since Kerala Forest Development Corporation maintains cardamom plantations all over. The Gavi forest, which is the main attraction of the place, is home to different species of animals, birds, insects and whatnot. As you travel through the 90 km stretch of forest area, there will be vehicle inspections at various check posts. Throughout the journey, you will come across five dams that come under the Sabarigiri hydroelectric project.
Personally, we would want you to travel through Gavi Rainforest via a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus. There’s a bus at 6:30 AM and 12:30 PM from Kumily that goes through the forest. But if you’d like to explore the place at your pace, you have to make an advance online booking and reach the Angamoozhi forest check post before 8.30 AM.
Have you ever been on a coracle or bowl boat ride? If not, head over to Adavi to experience it. Many travellers visit the Mudommuzhi coracle ride centre to hop on a ride. A 30-minute coracle boating is just INR 500 rupees. The ride is even better during the rainy season. You’ll feel the movement of the coracle when the rower does a rotatory and up and down movement midway. That’s definitely something you will enjoy.
Treetop Bamboo Huts
As part of the forest department’s Konni eco-tourism, visitors can stay on treetop bamboo huts in Adavi. The huts are built on banks of the Kallar River. A night’s stay here will cost you INR 4,000.
This travel guide is specially curated for those visiting Konni and Adavi in Pathanamthitta. Hope you enjoy it!