Gavi (124 km from Hotel Wyte Portico )one of the largest eco-tourism projects sponsored by Kerala Forest Development Corporation was listed among one of the must see places in India by none other than ‘Alistair International‘ the world famous tourism major.Located 28 kms away from Vandiperiyar, near to Thekkady in Idukki District of Kerala, this place has emerged as one of the most famous wildlife and eco-tourism destinations in India. Your rendezvous with greenery begins enroute to Gavi amidst tea plantations of Kuttikanam, Peeramedu, Mundakayyam and Vandiperiyar.
Thenmala Dam (54 km from Hotel Wyte Portico) is a tourist place near Punalur town, Kollam district in Kerala. Thenmala is the first planned eco-tourism destination in India. The Thenmala dam was built across Kallada River. Thenmala is famous for being the shooting location in Malayalam and Tamil movies.
Thenmala attracts foreign and domestic tourists with a host of attractions. Boating on the lake, a rope bridge, trekking, mountaineering, biking and a musical fountain. Thenmala is approachable both from Trivandrum and Punalur by road. The waterfall called Palaruvi is a prime attraction nearby. Also nearby is a deer rehabilitation center where visitors can see deer in a forest setting and have a peep into a traditional tree house used by forest dwellers to escape harm from wild animals.
Perunthenaruvi Water Falls
Perunthenaruvi Water Falls (25 km from Hotel Wyte Portico) are from Pathanamthitta in Pathanamthitta District, Central Travancore region, Kerala State, India. It is a popular tourist destination.
The name “Perunthenaruvi” means “The Great Honey Stream”.
Located on the Western Ghats of the Sahyadri Range, Perunthenaruvi is famous for the waterfalls there. The waterfalls are known for their wide area, rather than their height. The stream later unites with the Pamba River.
Konni (29 Km from Hotel Wyte Portico)is an important junction on the Muvattupuzha-Punalur route. It is about 11 km from the district headquarters. It is an important center for cash crops like rubber, pepper, coffee and ginger which form the backbone of the agricultural economy of the state. Konni assembly constituency is part of Pathanamthitta (Lok Sabha constituency).
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. Konni is also known for its elephant rides. Konni is the gateway to the forest bordering the district. In the past, wild elephants caught from the forests were brought here and put in wooden cages known as ‘Aanakoodu’ (Elephant Cage) to be tamed and trained for work. In Kerala there are two elephant training centers, the other located at Kodanad.