Thenmala in Kerala is the first planned ecotourism destination in India. This premiere eco-tourism destination, is gaining popularity due to its unique vistas, bio-diversity and functioning. Thenmala, in local dialect, has a very interesting meaning. “Then” means honey and “Mala” means hillock; so together it stands for “honey hills”. Indeed, the honey collected from Thenmala forest region is of superior quality and of great medicinal value. (more…)
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Paithalmala, a stunning hill station, is 4,500 ft. above sea level, stands close to the Karnataka border and is very rich in flora and fauna. Paithalmala is ideal for trekking and adventure tourism. It has been fast emerged as ecotourism destination.
It is the highest peak in Kannur, located about 65 kms north-east of Kannur city and 35 kms east of Thaliparambu. North of Paithalmala is the Kudaku forest. It is part of the Western Ghats, spread over 500 acres of land provide panoramic views of the surrounding hills and dense forests . From one corner of the hill one could even see the Arabian Sea far away. (more…)
Matsyafed, the organization which has proved to be the lifeline of poor fisher folk in the State, is diversifying its activities by exploring the tourism potential of the organization. Matsyafed entered the field of Aqua Tourism in Narakkal, Vypeen, Kochi, Kerala, where it has brackish Water Fish Farms, each 20 hectares wide with a 6 hectare culture pond in each Farm utilized for irs projects. Apart from the Matsyafed Aqua Tourism Centre, Narakkal is now also setting up a Matsyafed Milky Way in Malipuram with access to the mangrove forest and beach nearby. (more…)
Mr.Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, minister for Kerala Tourism officially launched an eco-tourism project at Ranipuram in Kasaragod district. The function was presided over by Mr. Benoy Viswom, Kerala Forest Minister. (more…)
Rhodovalley in the Munnar is preched at 6,000 ft above sea level in the Western Ghat at the confluence of three rivers. Adjacent to it is Anamudi, which at 8,841 ft is the highest peak in South India. Named after the beautiful wild rhododendrons that carpet the hillsides, Rhodovalley’s spectacular scenery is complimented by cool mountain air, lush grasslands and gushing brooks. Kerala Ecotourism camping packages are the highlight here. There are several trails that traverse these mountain paths. (more…)
Thenmala, India’s first planned Kerala Eco Tourism project, is s tiny village at the foothills of the Western Ghats, situated halfway between Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam.Thenmala lies at a distance of 66 km from Kollam town. The Thenmala town is surrounded by dense forests and a number of rubber and tea plantations.It is better known for its eco- conservation efforts and home to India’s first planned ecotourism project. The Eco Tourism promotion society offers visitors to explore the forest area with a battery powered mini bus. (more…)
Gavi Eco Tourism
Gavi Eco Tourism project is an inspiring ecotourism project from Kerala Forest Development Corporation ( KFDC). The pristine nature of Gavi has inspired KFDC to create it an exceptional concept in eco-tourism including adventure experiences. Alstair International listed Gavi as the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the must-see places in India. As a result, Gavi is seeing high influx of visitors especially it attracts European tourists.
Gavi is a picturesque village in Pathanamthitta district. It is a part of Periyar Tiger Reserve and take prior approval from Forest department to enter the forest as they are organizing accommodation and trekking programs here. The highlight of Gavi ecotourism project is local community participation. It enhances and supports their livelihood. Gavi has many tribal pockets and settlements . These tribals and their way of life helps to preserve the state of the Gavi surroundings in its original character for the generations to come. The way to Gavi is carpeted with lush greenery of plantations. Gavi is home to exotic flora and fauna. It is the base camp for deep jungle trekkers, bird watchers, and research students.
Things to do in Gavi
- Trekking – Sabarimala is a short trek from Gavi and climb there and have the Sabarimala temple view
- Wildlife Watching – One can spot elephants, the lion-tailed macaques, barking deer and sambars. Nilgiri Tahrs can be seen at Kochu Pampa.
- Birding – 260 species of birds including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and Kingfishers.
- Night Safari to witness nocturnal life of wild animals – Gavi Pullumedu, Kochu Pampa, Pachakanam give exciting opportunities
- Camping in the forests – Stay at top tree huts
- Visit to paradise cove at Ninnumulli
- Boating in the Gavi & Kochupampa Lakes.
- Leisurely cruise through spice gardens and cardamom factory
If you want to visit somewhere off the beaten track, then Gavi is waiting for you – a preserved virgin forest provide a natural sanctuary for many species of birds and wildlife. An intricate web of well-established and maintained trails. Have your camera ready for the breathtaking natural beauty you will encounter on this once in a lifetime adventure.
Gavi Tour Pictures
Janakikad Ecotourism is yet another ecotourism project developed near in the Kuttiady range of Kozhikode forest division which comes under Vadakara taluk of Kozhikode district. Janakikad is situated in the Marothongara panchayat, 7 km from Kuttiadi in the Nadapuram Assembly constituency. Janakikad eco park get its name from renowned statesman V. K. Krishna Menon’s sister Janaki. (more…)
Arippa is situated 52 km northeast of Thiruvananthapuram city along the Thiruvananthapuram-Shencottai State Highway (SH – 2). Unexplored, less travelled path towards Arippa forest ,gives unseen visuals and unheard sounds. The forest span over 1000 hectares. You must stay a night in the silent forest environment, sweet slumber and you will be waken up in the morning by the sounds of the chirping birds. (more…)
Sasippara Eco Tourism is now positioned in Kerala travel and Kerala tourism map. Sasippara is situated in Kanjirakolli village, Payyavoor Panchayath, Kannur district. Kanjirakolli , this highland ranges, located on the foot hills of Western Ghats, and bordered by the Coorg range of Karnataka evergreen forests. This region is an emerging tourism centre in Malabar, Kerala. (more…)
An adventurous Journey through pristine beauty with cool springs, dense green jungle, and finally reach Vellarimala – abode of clouds. Vellarimala is a part of Western ghat mountain ranges ,and it is also known as Camel’s Hump Mountains. It is situated 6333ft above sea level. Most of the hill range comes under the Meppady Forest Range of South Wayanad Division with some parts falling Thamarassery Range of Kozhikode Division. One can see Kozhikode plains on one side and greenery of Wayanad on the other side while looking from the Vellarimala hilltop. Vavulmala with a height of 7678 ft is the tallest peak in this range. (more…)