Gavi Pathanamthitta, Kerala

Gavi is a village in Pathanamthitta district, Keralaa. It is located 28 km southwest of Vandiperiyar, a town in Idukki on N.H 220, the highway connecting Kollam and Madurai.

Gavi is 28 km south west of Vandiperiyar, 14 km from Kumily, near Thekkady.

Spread across the beauty of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is a quiet, beautiful and pristine forest haven. It is at the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta District at 3400 ft above MSL. These evergreen forests are abundant with magnificent Wildlife including the tiger, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, barking & Mouse deers, lion tailed macaque, other varieties of monkeys, Nilgiri Marten and a lot more.

For the nature explorers Gavi offers the complete acquaintance with the flora around including Nageia Wallichinia (Podocarpus Wallichinia), a highly endemic species of the Gymnosperm family seen only around Gavi in the whole Western Ghats !

If you are a birder, the forests around Gavi are home to over 320 species of birds - the great Indian hornbills, sunbirds, woodpeckers, kingfishers and myriads of mynas, dongos, cuckoos and bulbuls-truly any birder's dream!

The sheer beauty of this place is indeed worth a closer look ! Here is nature at its unadulterated best. Gavi often serves as a base camp for deep jungle trekkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers, research students and the like.

The rough journey to Gavi may better be made on a sturdy vehicle like jeep which are available on hire either from Vandiperiyar or from Kumily. Entry passes must be obtained from the Forest Check Post enroute at Vallakkadavu. Advance booking with the Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd. is highly appreciable wherein such formalities will be taken care of by the Company itself. Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger reserve, and the route can be covered by car from Vandiperiyar. The entrance fee is 25 rupees per person and 50 rupees per vehicle. Cameras are 25 rupees and video cameras are charged 100 rupees. Both day and night stays are available. Forest tent camping is available from November through March.

SummerFebruary - April, daytime temperatures up to 28 C. but can drop to 20 degree C at night.
MonsoonJune - August, daytime temperatures up to 25 C but can drop to 10 degree C at night

Wildlife watching
Stay at top tree huts
Outdoor camping in forest around
Safaris through jungle roads
Visit to paradise cove at Ninnumulli
Boating in the Gavi& kochupampa lakes
Leisurely walks through spice gardens
Visit to cardamom factory
Climb to Sabarimala temple view

How to Reach Gavi
By Air:
The Kochi International Airport (200 km), Trivandrum International Airport (250 km)and Madurai (195 km) are the nearest airports.

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is Thiruvalla (120 km) and is well connected with Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.

By Road:
Regular buses are available to Vandiperiyar from Kottayam, Kochi & Thiruvananthapuram. A small bus rattles even up to Gavi from Vandiperiyar. KSRTC service is available both from Kumaly and Pathanamthitta(Pathanamthitta-Perunad-Muzhiyar-Kakki-Gavi-Kumily).

KSRTC is operating an Ordinary Bus from Pathanamthitta to Kumali via Gavi and vice versa.

Green Mansions, Idukki, Kerala
Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd.,
Gavi Via Vandiperiyar, Kerala - 685533
Phone NUmber: +91-4869-223270, 481-2582640, 9447201386
Tariff: Rs. 4400 to Rs. 4400

Gavi, Kerala, Moozhiyar Gavi Rd,
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