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Adavi: A lesser known destination in Kerala

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Are you a nature lover and looking for an ideal weekend getaway to spend with your family? Then Adavi is a good choice for you!

A quaint and lesser-known tourist destination, located 10 km from Konni and 17 km from Pathanamthitta, Adavi is situated on the banks of river Kallar, with nearly 5-km river frontage. Overshadowed by the more popular districts, such as Munnar and Alappuzha, this place will strike you with its hidden beauty.

The Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department (KFWD), in partnership with the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), has launched the Adavi Eco-Tourism project. This innovative venture offers adventure activities like coracle boating, white-water rafting, trekking and camping deep within the forests.

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It is an eco-tourist destination where you can enjoy a number of adventure activities amid a lush green landscape. So, take a break and head to this natural paradise for a quite and peaceful weekend.

Things to do in Adavi

Get back your childhood innocence as it’s time to boost your adrenaline! You would be going round and round in a bowl. No, you are not on a merry go round. You are nicely seated in a bowl boat called ‘Coracle’ i.e., a bowl like bamboo raft on which a group of four can row. Enjoy the coracle rafting at Adavi Eco-tourism near Konni in Pathanamthitta.

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The coracle raft riding on the river is of two types. The visitors can either take the short route through calm waters for about half an hour for INR 100 per head or take the long and adventurous route through fast waters down river for about 2 kms for INR 200 per head.

The rafting begins from Mundommoozhy and goes through Thottikayam, Idikallu, Thattathikayam and finally would reach Irattayaar.

Keep your binoculars and cameras ready and maintain total silence. Let the trees and shrubs unravel their hidden treasures. Sail through the River Kallar gently before the boatman decides to give you a nice spin. Enjoy the spin but spend more time sailing quietly through the gentle river. You are literally in the lap of nature here!

Those who wish to spend a night enjoying the cool of wilderness can stay in the tree top bamboo huts at Adavi which will definitely give you a memory of lifetime.

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Ooh, just to let you know, there are a lot of hidden natural pools in Adavi. Stroll around the area trying to spot them and if you end up finding one, don’t forget to take a dip and appreciate the gift of nature.

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Visit the Konni elephant camp. Walk through the elephant kraal (shelter), have a look at the photo gallery, feed a baby elephant, buy some forest produce from the shop. Stop by and see how these giant babies are  given a bath. Meet baby elephants as they are brought out of the cage and taken for a feed. Play with them as much as you want to!

A bus tour to Gavi from Adavi is the perfect option if you want to explore the thick forests and wildlife in the area. On the way, you can see some of the beautiful dams in Kerala – Moozhiyar, Kakki, and Anathodu. Gavi is a place full of breath-taking sceneries, wildlife, amazing people, and great activities like trekking and jungle safari. So, a day trip is a must!

Click here if you want to know about another beautiful destination in Kerala, Munroe Island!

How to reach?

Adavi is well connected by road. Private buses, as well as KSRTC buses, ply regularly within and outside the town like Kochi, Trivandrum, Mangalore, Coimbatore, Kozhikode and Madurai. In fact, there are direct buses that connect the town from the other major cities like Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai.

The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, 99 kms away. You can hire a prepaid taxi from the airport for Adavi.

The place does not have a railway station as well, so the nearest railway station is located Punalur (25 kms away) and Chengannur Railway Station in Kottayam (60 km away).

Best time to visit Adavi

Pathanamthitta experiences hot and humid summers with temperature ranging around 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Monsoon season in the town receives heavy rainfalls restricting the outdoor excursions. It rains 9 months in a year. However, the winter months are extremely pleasant and are recommended as the best time to explore this enchanting land.

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