Managing locations of scenic importance in forest areas frequently visited by nature enthusiasts with the active involvement of local population is a new trend in tourism management, popularly known as 'eco tourism'
Developing visitor locations in the forest tracts of Konni-Achencoil forests and developing Konni Elephant Camp as a facilitation center is the concept behind 'Konni Eco Tourism Project'. Elephant is at the nucleus of the entire project.
The project is conceived and developed jointly by Kerala Forest Department, Kerala Tourism Department and Konni-Achencoil Forest Development Agency.
The facilities developed at Konni include elephant viewing, elephant feeding, elephant ride, watching elephant bath etc. An elephant museum, which is planned to be developed as a complete natural history museum based on elephant, also is set up.
The project site is designed to be a zero waste center. The elephant dung is converted into biogas and the fiber in the dung is converted into hand made paper, which is an eco friendly product. The plastic waste is planned to be converted into recycled product. Outlets for sale of non-wood forest products and other eco friendly materials are also provided in the center.