(Last Updated on : 21/03/2014)
Leisure tourism in Pathanamthitta district is a visual treat. The district is close to the Western Ghats mountain range
and is endowed with scenic landscape comprising of low undulating hills, extensive stretches of lush forests, rivers and charming countryside. It is also known for exuberant fairs and festivals. There are a number of places of historical interest situated in the Pathanamthitta district. The major places of tourism are situated in the Pathanamthitta district are discussed below.
A most unique institution dedicated to ancient Indian architecture and mural paintings is the Vasthuvidya Gurukulam
. Instituted by the Cultural Department of the state, it is a school located at Aranmula, 16 Kms away from Pathanamthitta town. The primary intent behind the formation of the Gurukulam is the preservation and promotion of vasthuvidya and mural paintings.
lies 13 km. from Pathanamthitta, on the left bank of river Pamba. It is a trading centre and flourishing market for agricultural goods.
located 13 Kms away from Adoor, is the place where Veluthampi Dalawa, the renowned freedom fighter of Travancore, spent his last days. Also located here is the ancient Bhagavathy temple, which has some exquisite stone sculptures. The annual festival is held in February or March. The Kerala
Institute of Folklore and Folk Arts also functions here.
, 12 Km from from Pathanamthitta town, is the memorial to Muloor S.Padmanabha Panicker(1869-1931), a renowned social reformer and poet. It is located at Elavumthitta. His home at Elavumthitta is preserved as his monument by the Department of Culture of the State Government.
is a small charming hill town, resplendent with lush meadows and hills. It stands on the banks of the Achankovil River
. The town is famous for timber trade and wild elephant training centre situated here. Elephants that have been trapped from the forest are trained here. The town is surrounded by clove and pepper plantations.
The sight of the Perunthenaruvi Water falls
is a most spectacular one. The waterfall plunges down from a rocky height of 60-100 feet into a ravine. The place is accessible from Kollam.
Thus discussed are the various place of leisure tourism in the Pathanamthitta district.