Pathanamthitta District to emerge as an Ecotourism destination


Trivandrum: The District of Pathanamthitta will soon have an elevated status in Kerala tourism map with the Adavi Boat Festival and Gajavijnanolsavam to be held at Konni, a hilly town in the district.

A picturesque forest patch, 10 km from Konni and 17 kilometers from Pathanamthitta, Adavi is situated on the banks of river Kallar, with nearly 5-km river frontage. The Konni Forest Development Agency, in collaboration with District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) and Pathanamthitta District Administration will host the events at advent of this year’s Onam celebrations.

Minister for Tourism, Shri A P Anil Kumar will inaugurate the Adavi boat festival on August 21, aiming at branding the town as a unique tourism destination and introducing Coracle riding as a first of its kind tourism product in Kerala.

“With an abundance of nature’s blessings in its forests and aquatic life, Adavi is suited to be a top eco-friendly destination in Kerala,” said Kerala Forest Minister, Shri Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.

“The natural, man-made and eco-friendly attractions of Adavi are certain to draw visitors from within India and abroad in the coming days,” said the local MLA and Minister for Revenue and Coir, Shri Adoor Prakash.

Adavi, which is just five kilometers from Mundommoozhy on the proposed Achencoil-Chittar hill highway is a weekend getaway, especially for the people coming from Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram thanks to its proximity. It is also an easily accessible destination for foreign tourists who can chose Adavi for a day trip from places like Munnar and Thekkady. Coracle rafting in the Kallar river is an innovative venture, which promises a never-before experience to travellers.

The five-day festival this year, which starts on August 20, aims at imparting awareness about forest and elephant conservation among school children and general public, to ensure public participation in the development of the eco-tourism destination and enhancing income-generating opportunities for the local community through increased tourist arrivals.

“There are lots of untapped tourism potentials in Pathanamthitta. Besides the heritage tourism products in the district like the Arunmula Kannadi, Aranmula boat race, Konni and Adavi will further raise the status of Kerala on the global tourism map,” said Pathanamthitta District Collector, S Harikishore.

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