In addition to the lush green wonders, beautiful landscapes and breathtaking greenery, Kerala is also the abode of many unexplored or little known places. Each of these yet to explore marvels is a treat to the eyes like all the other places in this God’s own country. Without a visit to these untrodden locations the discovery of Kerala remains incomplete. The glorious Kerala has many wonders hidden underneath its charm. These include inspiring waterfalls, picturesque villages, misty hills, luxurious tea gardens, quaint hill stations, and glistening valleys that are still strange to many. Make sure that you request your travel organizer to include visits to these places as well so that you exploit your Kerala visit to the fullest and is a pleasure to both your body and mind.
One of the off beaten place not so widely known outside India is Konni. Konni is a small captivating town located in Pathanthitta district of Kerala. It has been known since time immemorial for wild elephants, timber trade; and clove and pepper plantations. Also known as the chirapunchi of Kerala owing to its blue green rain forest, Konni has recently emerged as an adventurous tourist spot with the acres of thick green forest having wild animals, unique topographic and ecological features to its credit.
One of the main attractions of this place is the Elephant Training Centre. Locally known as Anakkoodu this is the place where officials bring baby elephants that are found wounded or roaming alone in the forest. They are then treated, fed and trained here in the camp by well-experienced elephant trainers. This camp provides a good opportunity for the tourists to have a close look at these big animals and observe their peculiar behavior. Another attraction at the camp are the huge elephant cages built of wood, each of which houses 3-4 elephants.
The famous Achankovil River and its tributaries originates from Konni. It is a feast to the eyes watching the plush green banks of this river run through the green land of konni. The beautiful Palaruvi, Kumbhavuruthy and Thenmala waterfalls have also caught the tourist’s attention recently. There are facilities for rock-climbing, trekking, boating and cycling in and around these spots., Also popular are two ancient forest temples located here namely Achankovil and Aluvamkudi that are worth their visit.
Another attraction is the Muringamnagalam Sreemahadevar Temple, which is a 1000 year old temple and it attracts hordes of tourists every year. This temple holds the record of being the biggest Siva temple in Pathanamthitta district.
Kattathipara is another tourist attraction in Konni, which is famous for its gigantic rocks and the triple echo phenomenon. It attract hordes of tourists ever year.
Konni is an ideal place to do trekking and animal safaris. The ride on the animals make the forest safari very exciting. Tourists can enjoy a thrilling forest safari gaping at the diverse varieties of animals that shelter in these thick forests.Trekkers can take pleasure in an adventurous trek uphill to behold an extraordinary view of the entire mountain range. The trek to the hill top and the view from the hill-top offers an amazing sight.
Given a chance do make it a point to experience this virgin beauty.
It is a must visit during one’s tour of God’s own country. Certain established tour operators facilitates travel to this unexplored land.