The lush green forests in and around Konni, Kerala, India, is a heaven for wild elephants. An elephant training center is there to take care of the training of this wild beast of the forest.
There are huge wooden cages made of Hopea paliflora woods (Kambakam woods) to house elephants. Each cage can accommodate 3-4 elephants. Baby elephants that roam in the forests, or those which are wounded or those separated from their herd are brought here and tamed. Visitors are allowed to go near those tamed elephants and observe them closely. Mischievous Baby elephants are popular among the tourists to the Konnai Elephant training center. In the past, Konni elephant training center was used to house wild elephants from forests, to be tamed and trained for work.
Konni has become a center for trekking and elephant safari as Konni is the gateway to the forests.
Adavi Eco-Tourism at around 7 kilometers from here offers boat ride facilities in coracles (‘Kutta Vanchi’ in the local language, Malayalam) for tourists. The most scenic route to Gavi is from Pathanamthitta.
How Do I Go to Konni Elephant Training Center?
District headquarters, Pathanamthitta, is just 10 kilometers away from Konni. Tourists can come to Konni Bus station (situated on the maid road) and then hire a Taxi or auto to go to the elephant training center.
Konni is well connected by roads. Kerala State Highway 8 or Main Eastern Highway, i.e. Punalur-Pathanamthitta-Muvattupuzha Road, passes through Konni.
The scenic road, Konni – Achankovil – Tenkasi Road, is a new road, which connects Konnai to Tamilnadu.
Punalur is the nearest railway station at around 25 kilometers distance on the Kollam – Punalur line, part of the Kollam -Shengoottai line (Punalur- Shengotai line is closed now for Gauge conversion works). Chenganoor is the nearest major railway station which is 34 kilometers away.
The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport at 100 kilometers distance. Cochin International airport at Nedumbrassery is at around 125 kilometers away.
Hotels at Konni and Nearby Cities
There are a few medium-ranged hotels at Konni, Pathanamthitta, and Punalur. 5 stars, 4 stars or 3 star rated hotels are not there at these cities. Home-stay at Pathanamthitta is available for tourists visiting Konni. Star rated hotels are there at Thriuvanathapuram, Allapuzha, Kumarakom, and Kochi. These cities are around 2 hours drive from Konni.