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Ecotourism blooms in Konni

Bamboo huts erected as part of an ecotourism project on the banks of the Kallar at Adavi.  

he District Tourism Promotion Council, chaired by the District Collector, has launched a series of initiatives, in association with the Forest Department, to tap the ecotourism potential of Konni. The Kattathi-Chelickal ecotourism project, involving a jeep safari, exploring the wild beauty of Konni forests, has become a hit among tourists. The safari costs Rs.3,000 a family.

Many tourists find the jeep ride through the rough forest terrain an exhilarating experience. The safari covers the Chelikkallar and Pakkallar streams, the giant rock of Kattathippara, and remnants of ancient temples at Aluvamkudy, Kurichy, and Parakkulam. Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash flagged off the maiden jeep safari to Kattathippara from Konni on August 17.

The elephant camp, Adavi ecotourism project, and a coracle ride in the Kallar have already carved a special niche for Konni in the State’s ecotourism sector. Gavi comes under the new taluk and the departments of Tourism and Forest are launching an ecotourism chain linking Konni, with Gavi and Achencoil.

The maiden ecotourism festival held at Adavi on the banks of the Kallar, near Konni, from August 21 to 23 too turned out to be a big hit.

Elephant sanctuary

A unique elephant sanctuary is coming up on the banks of the Kallar at Adavi and once completed, it will be the first of its kind in the country. The idea is to develop 350 hectares of natural forests on the banks of the Kallar into a sanctuary for the rescued, injured, and abused elephants. The elephant museum at the elephant camp in Konni is the only museum of its kind in the whole State. A butterfly park has been planned in a portion this forest patch, says Konni Divisional Forest Officer T. Pradeepkumar.

The butterfly park in the natural forest environs of Adavi will be home to different types of butterflies, including rare species.


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