A hilly, forested village in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, Konni is situated on the banks of the mighty Achencoil River. Konni is slowly emerging as a popular tourist destination, since the vast expanse of forests of the Western Ghats crisscrossed by numerous streams and rivulets gives it a picturesque setting. The lush green village has been prominent as a haven of wild elephants and as an elephant training centre.
Places to Stay
The place offers accommodation from Rs.1000 onwards. Some places to stay are the Surya Hotel and the Contour Hill Resorts (Rs.1500 onwards).
Other than the temple festivals the village is popular for its school and youth festivals.
Malayalam is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The places of interest include the Konni Elephant Training Centre, Achankovil River, the two ancient temples Achankovil and Aluvamkudi, Konny St George Orthodox Church and the Kumbhavuruthy waterfalls. All these places are located at a distance of 1-2kms from the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (about 99kms) and the Cochin International Airport (124kms).
The railway stations close to Konni are at Chengannur (34kms), Thiruvalla (41kms) and Kottayam (60kms).
Both the state run KSRTC and Private Luxury Bus are available to Konni. Private bus operators like Kallada Travels G4 are popular here. If you get cheap bus tickets online you can save a lot of money while travelling.
Dharmapuri is a town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town is located near the border of neighbouring state of Karnataka to the west. The nearest major urban agglomeration is Bangalore, at a distance of 142 km to the north-west. Temple and cuisine-lovers can visit this place.
Places to Stay
The best place to stay in the region for the night is Bangalore city. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places of Interest
There are many places to visit in the area. Some of the places which are worth visiting are Thowheeth Mosque, Ahle hadees Pallivasal, Hogenakkal Falls (46 km away), Adhiyamankottai (named after the ancient Thahadoor rulers – the Adhiyamans who made it their capital in ancient times), Mount Carmel Church and others.
How to Get There
The Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore is the nearest airport at a distance of 178 km.
Dharmapuri has a railway station connects this town by a network of rails to cities like Kannur, Tuticorin, Coimbatore to name a few.
There are regular buses to Dharmapuri from Bangalore and Krishnagiri. Parveen Travels is a popular bus operator in the area. State-run buses are also available. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient.