Summer call is upon us, and when it comes to choosing the holiday spots, most of us look for spots in outside Kerala or India. On this vacation, while selecting the places to visit, first consider the sites in your neighboring districts before venturing outside, and Kerala tour packages for family will help you plan the perfect getaway for your family, which is offered by the renowned tour operators in Kerala, Gogeo Holidays.
Have you thought about the Pathanamthitta district, a small hilly land with its pristine beauty which is world renowned for its pilgrim spot Sabarimala, This pilgrim center of Kerala is blessed with picturesque landscapes, heritage villages, famous pilgrim spots, cultural and training centers etc, With the promotion of tourism projects like Gavi, this district has now got on the top of the tourism map of India. You can encounter with may be the densest forest regions of South India here. This place is home to the unique Aranmula Kannadi and the Vaasthu Vidya Gurukulam, the school of architecture in its purest form. If you think, there is nothing much to see and explore here in this small district, then you are wrong. Have a look at the following amazing destinations.
Chuttipara- A Must See Heritage Spot
Chuttipara, a cluster of rocks that tells the tales of the legendary lord Rama, will be a fascinating spot for those who like visiting heritage spots that speak mystery and old tales. This 200 ft. rock cluster is a main landmark of Pathanamthitta. And the locals here have a lot of tales to tell regarding the Ramayana, and it seems like the entire story has played around those rocks.
This rock cluster holds many tales regarding the epic tale of Ramayana. According to the locals here, the lord Rama and his escorts were supposed to rest here during their wild venture.
Harihara Mahadeva Temple– This temple holds the idol which is believed to been worshiped by lord Rama himself.
Chelavirichipara– The literal meaning is the rock which is used to hang the clothes of women. It is believed that Sita used to put her clothes here for drying on this rocks and hence the name.
Kattadipara- It Is the most popular attraction around here and the best view of Chelavirichipara can be viewed from here. The story behind these rocks is that the lord Hanuman is used to rest here. And there is a well nearby and it is believed that lord Rama and Sita used the water of this well for their use.
Pulipara– The story tells that this was where Rama and Sita used to stay at night and the rock shelf here was their bed.
Konni- The Elephant Training Camp
Located around 10 km from Pathanamthitta, this place is famous for the elephant training camp, and if you are an animal lover, then a trip to this place would be an amazing experience for you with some enticing Kerala tour packages. This well-renowned elephant training center has become a major tourist spot, with a number of tourists visiting here each year.
This center was established in 1942. And In old times, the elephants were used to be trapped using pits or by using captive ones among them. And once an elephant is caught it would be tamed and trained by the experts’ trainers here in Konni, later these animals would be used for dragging timber or used for religious possessions. And the trapping and catching stopped in 1977 and the center has become a home to elephants who want to wander apart from their herds.
Aanakkodu– This Is one of the main attractions around here. This huge cage that is built of wood is used to house elephants. It can accommodate maximum three elephants at a time.
Elephant Museum– You can find many fascinating exhibits here, making Konni one among the Eco-friendly tourist spot. IN the museum, you can find skeletons and magnificent pictures of the elephants.The audio visual room here makes you feel like you are in a forest.
Located on the banks of the Pamba river, this waterfalls in known for its wide area. The forest area nearby adds to the scenic beauty that attracts both domestic as well as the international tourists to visit here. This stream that conjures up to Pamba river is both alluring and dangerous with its slippery rocks. This place offers a perfect place for spending time with your family in a serene place.
Gavi- The Eco-Tourism Project
If you are a nature-lover and an adventure enthusiast, then this place will surely catch your attention. The Alistair International listed it as one of the major Eco-tourism centers in India. It has become a most sought after destinations in Pathanamthitta because of its misty climate and filmy famous locations. Gavi is full of dense forests where you can see wild animals such as Elephants, bison, sambar and Malabar giant squirrels etc.
One of the main attraction of his Eco-friendly tourist spot is that it is the locals who serve as the tourist guides and actives around here. You will have plenty of options for activities like trekking, mountain camping etc. This place is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve and both the day and night stays are available here.
Basket Boating Options :
It is a part of the A Gavi Eco-tourism project in Pathanamthitta. And basket boating options available here has become a major attraction for the tourists from nearby districts to flock here. The location is near Peruvali Mundakanmuzhi bridge and the place offers a perfect picnic spot.
So try out these amazing places on your next vacation with some exciting Kerala tour packages. If you plan accordingly, your holiday trips can be a new learning experience for both children and the elderly ones. By exploring these culturally important and heritage place you will get to know how deep is the cultural roots of Gods own Kingdom lies and it is always good to feel close to the nature for getting away from all the stress and tensions of your city life.