Top 10 Eco Tourism Destinations in Kerala

Gavi

Gavi

Gavi is an emerging eco-tourist spot in Kerala. It is 28 km south west of Vandiperiyar, 14 km from Kumily, near Thekkady. Gavi is preserved in its natural scenic beauty and it's one of the must-see places in India

Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger reserve, and the route can be covered by car from Vandiperiyar. Entry passes must be obtained from the Forest Check Post enroute at Vallakkadavu. Advance booking with the Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd. is highly appreciable wherein such formalities will be taken care of by the Company itself

Kodanad

Kodanad

Kodanad is a rural riverside village in the high ranges on the southern bank of the River Periyar.

It's is one of the largest elephant training centre and rescue center in Kerala. At least four to six baby elephants are brought in and trained every year. It is in the list of Ecotourism destination projects sponsored by the Government of India. As a part of this project, Kaprikkad, a village lying 3 km adjacent to Kodanad on the river bank has been set up in 2006 for entertaining visitors in the most natural and environmental friendly way.

Thenmala

Thenmala

Thenmala is the first planned eco-tourism destination in India. It is a small village located near Punalur town in Kollam at a distance 72 kms from Trivandrum.

Thenmala Eco-Tourism shares its resources with the famous Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary at the foothills of the Western Ghats. It attracts foreign and domestic tourists with a host of attractions. Visitors can enjoy the trip with boating on the lake, a rope bridge, trekking, mountaineering, biking and a musical fountain. The waterfall called Palaruvi is a prime attraction near to Thenmala.

Pathiramanal

Pathiramanal

Pathiramanal, an eco friendly destination at 20 minutes from Kumarakom in boat or 30 minutes drive by speed boat from Alappuzha, Kerala

Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat and the green island forms an ideal place for a break in the journey while on a backwater cruise. The picturesque 10 acre island on the backwaters is a haven for hundreds of rare birds migrating from different parts of the world.

Neyyar

Neyyar

Neyyar Dam is a popular eco-tourism spot with a lake and a picturesque dam site. The lake formed by the dam makes boating unforgettable for the visitors. A crocodile breeding centre and a lion safari park are also located in the dam site.

The dam is part of the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is set up in 1958 is a colourful canvas of exotic flora and fauna. The Agasthyamalai, 1890 metres high, lies within the premises of the Sanctuary and is home to a wide variety of plant species including rare medicinal plants and brilliantly coloured orchids. Animals like elephants, tiger, leopard, gaur, sloth bear, Nilgiri tahr, Nilgiri langur etc.and reptiles like king cobra and a variety of reptiles inhabit in this forestland.

Thommankuthu

Thommankuthu

Thommankuthu is a popular eco tourism destination with beautiful seven-step waterfall with pools at each step. A 12km trek would take you to the top of the mountain and the journey and the view from the top are equally beautiful. Visitors can enjoy fishin

Thommankuthu is in the Kaliyar Forest Range and it attracts nature lovers and adventure seekers. Nature lovers get the perfect opportunity to feel the coolness of mountain stream, take in the aromas and enjoy the woods. Adventure seekers find avenue for some exciting trekking

Periyar Sanctuary

Periyar Sanctuary

Periyar Sanctuary situated on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, Periyar Tiger Reserve is about 4 km from Kumily town. It is notable as an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve and it lies in the middle of a mountainous area of the Cardamom Hills

Periyar Sanctuary is noted for its geomorphology, diverse wildlife and beautiful landscape. The lake which serves as a watering hole for the animals during summer, harbors within itself a unique aquatic ecosystem. A cruise along it is perhaps the best way to watch the wildlife in the Reserve. Exciting trekking trails and other adventure activities like tracking the tiger, jungle patrolling etc. await the tourists at this enchanting Sanctuary

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

Aralam wildlife sanctuary is spread over 55 sq kms in the southeast protected area of Kannur. Katti Betta is the highest peak there about 1145 m above sea level

The evergreen forest area within the sanctuary includes 490 hectares of teak and eucalyptus plantations. The sanctuary area falls in Aralam, Kelakam and Kottiyoor revenue villages and is located in the Northwest slopes of Western Ghats contiguous with the forests of Coorg (Kodagu) district of Karnataka state.

Konni

Konni

Konni, is a forested village and eco tourism destination in kerala. It is famous for its elephant cages, lush green forests, and natural rubber plantations.

The lush green land is 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. Tourist can enjoy a bowl boat riding or coracle rafting at Adavi Eco-tourism near Konni in Pathanamthitta. Coracle rafting or Bowl Boat riding is an innovative venture, which promises a never-before experience to travellers

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 53 sq. kms. and located on the way to Ponmudi, one of the main tourist destination in kerala

Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the eco tourism destination in kerala. The sanctuary is part of a Peppara dam constructed across the Karamana river. There are 43 species of mammals, 233 species of birds, 46 species of reptiles, 13 species of amphibians and 27 species of fishes are reported from the sanctuary. The common mammals found are Tiger, Leopard, Sloth bear, Elephant, Sambar barking Deer, bonnet Macaque and Nilgiri langur. It's open throughout the year and the best season to visit this place is January to March. Trekking to forest area is the added attraction to this place