Thiruvananthapuram | 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.
A P Anil Kumar, Minister for Tourism 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 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, Adoor Prakash.
The occasion will also witness a Gaja Vijnanolsavam, an elephant festival at Konni elephant camp.
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.
An Eco-Tourism Centre with river rafts, Coracle rafting, adventure trekking, accommodation options on tree-top cottages, tenting options and walkways are the attractions coming up in Adavi. Bamboo huts, which will be coming up in Adavi in a month, will also be another attractive camping option for the tourists. The Eco-Tourism Centre also has a refreshment area, public convenience areas and ample parking space for tourists and their vehicles.
The boat festival will be a three-day event with a common daily activity plan targeting different tourist attractions each day. This includes a familiarisation trip for the media and inaugural guests, treasure hunt for general public, a cultural programme and a ‘Know the Elephant’ programme at the Konni Elephant camp.
The Gaja Vijanolsavam was first conducted in September last year with the support of Minister for Revenue and Coir, Adoor Prakash, under the auspices of Konni Forest Development Agency.
The programme had helped in raising the profile of Konni-Adavi eco-tourism apart from imparting awareness about forest and wildlife conservation among school children and general public. 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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