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The lush green land has been prominent as a haven of wild elephants and as an elephant training centre. The large area of thick forest with wild animals has now made Konni emerge as another tourist spot for safaris and trekking. In Kerala there are two elephant training centers, the other located at Kodanad.
The nearest Airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 99 km from Pathanamthitta. The Cochin International Airport is around 124 km from Konni
Major routes from Konni are:
The Main Eastern Highway ( Punalur-Pathanamthitta-Muvattupuzha Road / SH – 08 ) connects the town to other major towns.Konni is 10 kilometres from Pathanamthitta and 16 kilometres from Pathanapuram both of which are in the same route.
Konni-Kalleli-Achankovil Road- This is a new road built by PWD which provides an easy access to Tamil Nadu(Tenkasi) via Achankovil.This is a part of Chittar-Achankovil Road Project. Most of the stretch covers the Forest Division and the scenic beauty provides a feast to the eyes. This route reduces the distance between Sabarimala to Tenkasi by about 21 kilometres. Konni to Achankovil is 39 kilometres.
Konni-Chandanapally Road—This road connects Konni to main towns of the districts like Adoor and Pandalam. Konni-Vazhamuttom-Vallicode-Chandanapally-Kodumon-Adoor—24 kilometres Konni-Vallicode-Kaippattoor-Thumpamon-Pandalam—22 kilometres
Konni-Thannithode-Chittar Road—This is an alternate route to Sabarimala.
The nearest Bus station is located at Konni, Pathanamthitta
Major driving destinations
- The Konni Elephant Training Centre
Konni has a major elephant training center, located 11 km from Pathanamthitta. The prime attraction here are the huge cages of wood built to house elephants. These cages are locally known as Aanakoodu and can accommodate 3 to 4 elephants at a time. The trainers here train the baby elephants which get separated from their herd, or are found wounded or roaming in the forest. Experienced trainers using their systematic training methods, tame the baby elephants. Visitors can get a close look at these elephants and can observe and understand a lot about their behaviour, especially that of baby elephants, which are often endearingly mischievous.
Konni is famous for the elephant training centre since ancient times. The elephants were captured from the dense forests of the western ghats/Sahyadri and brought to the elephant training cage at Konni. There these wild elephants are tamed and trained by mahouts specialized as elephant tainers. These trainers take the help of other tamed elephants.
The tamed elephants famous for rendering help to the trainers of the wild ones are
- Konniyil Kochchayyappan
- Ranji Padmanabhan
The present members of Konni elephant training center are
Eva is the youngest member who is only 7 years old.
The elephant capturing at Konni traces back to 1810 AD. The major elephant capturing locations include Mundom moozhy, Mannarappara and Thura. The elephant training cage which is present now was built in 1942. The wood of "Kambakam" was used for this. The present training cage has the capacity to train 6 elephants. The dimensions of the training cage are 12.65×8.60×7 metres. The elephant training cage and its premises comprises 9 acres (36,000 m2) of land.
The elephant capturing was officially stopped in 1977 by Govt: Circular though it was actually stopped many years prior to that.
Presently the elephant training cage is a major tourist attraction. It houses a history museum as well. The elephant training centre functions as an elephant welfare centre. The elephant calves estranged from the herd and found lost in the forest are brought here and are provided with medical facilities and proper care.
The details of Konni Elephant Training Centre and Training Cage are mentioned in the articles of the famous "Aithihyamaala" by Shri Kottarathil Shankunni. "Aithihyamaala" is referred as one of rare collection of articles of Kerala History.
Konni Elephant Training Centre has to its credit of gifting the Elephant "Samyuktha" to the Republic of Portugal as a mark of friendship and co-operation with the Republic of India.
How to reach: Konni is on the Main Eastern Highway (Punalur-Pathanamthitta-Muvattupuzha Highway/SH-08) and is very well connected to major towns and cities of Kerala through Pathanamthitta.
Muringamnagalam Sreemahadevar Temple
This temple is more than 1000 years old and is located nearly half a kilometre from Konni Junction. It used to belong to the Pandalam Royal Family. It is the biggest temple in east of Pathanamthitta district and biggest Siva temple in Pathanamthitta.
Achankovil and Aluvamkudi are two ancient temples located here.
Kattathipara in Kokkathodu is a nearby tourist destination located a few kilometres away from Konni. Kattathipara is particularly attractive with its gigantic rocks and the triple-echo phenomenon.
Kumbhavuruthy is a waterfall amidst thick forest
- SAS SNDP Yogam College
- Mannam Memorial NSS College
- VNS College
- S.N.Public School&Jr.Collage
- Government Higher Secondary School, Konni
- P.S.V.P.M.Higher Secondary School, Ayravon, Konni
- RVHSS, Konni
- St. George High School, Attachackal, Konni
- Amrita Vocational Higher Secondary School
- Government H S kokkathodu
- St Marys' U P School Konni, Eliyarackal
- St.thomas U P school konni,vakayar
- Government L.P School Kulathumkal Junction,Vakayar,Konni.
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