Gavi Eco Tourism – A Different Tourist Experience
Flaunted as one of the must see eco tourist spots in India, Gavi of Kerala has been catching attention in the tourist map for all the good points it has. To reach Gavi you have to take a 40 km drive from Kumily through the breathtakingly beautiful roads across the lush green tea plantations. The best transportation would be to select a Jeep ride; it will help you to explore every nook and corner of Gavi. What is appealing about Gavi is its pristine natural charm untouched by the mass tourism trails, verdant forests, rolling grass lands and waterfalls. It is the home of 260 avian species and is a haven for bird watchers.
The Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd sponsors the Gavi Eco tourism programme. It aims to promote sustainable tourism without spoiling the tranquility of the tropical forest of the Western Ghats. Gavi is not only a destination popular among nature enthusiasts; it is a favorite place of adventure tourists and research tourist who come here to explore the rare flora and fauna of Gavi.
Take a stroll around, merge and feel the oneness with nature. Peripheral areas will give you glimpses of rare species of animals of Gavi like Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaue, and bird species such as Great Pied Hornbill, Woodpecker, Kingfishers, etc.
If you can take a short trek along the hill, you will reach Sabarimala Ayyappan Temple, one of the most-visited and famous pilgrimage centers of India.
The Paradise Cove at Ninnumulli is the delight of nature lovers, so make a point to visit it. Some other places that can fascinate you near Gavi are Kuttikanam, Peerumedu, Vandiperiyar and Cardamon factory visits.
Things To Do
Bird watching are not the only activity in Gavi, the place is great to go for trekking, hard-core trekker will find the best trekking trail here. They can explore the deep jungle trekking through Pullumedu Peak (the way to Shabarimala shrine) the much acclaimed and chosen. Waters of Gavi and Kochupamba is the best place to go for boating and canoeing. If you are looking for some extra adrenaline rise, a night’s stay at huts in tree top, jungle night safaris through jungle roads and night camping in intense forest are some of the choices you can make.
The place is located at the easternmost extreme of Pathanamthitta district of Kerala and is 3400 ft above sea level.
During summer it is warm with temperature raising to a maximum of not more than 25 degree Celsius, here the monsoon temperature settles at 10 degree Celsius and is colder.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Gavi is summer, although tourists haunt the place in monsoon too.