Gavi Kerala Tourism
Ecotourism programme of Gavi is being sponsored by the The Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd, with the aim to promote sustainable tourism without tampering the beauty of the tropical forest of the Western Ghats.
Gavi attracts not only nature enthusiasts but also adventure tourists and research tourists who come here to explore the rich flora and fauna. Terrain consists of hills and valleys, tropical forestes, sprawling grasslands, shoals, cascading waterfalls and cardamom plantations. Endangered species such as Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque can be sighted at the outskirts. Forests of Gavi and the surrounding places are the habitat of over 320 species of birds – the great Indian hornbills, sunbirds, woodpeckers, kingfishers and myriads of mynas, dongos, cuckoos and bulbuls, truly a haven for bird watchers. Gavi offers some spectacular views like deep ravine and forest below. You can track the Nilgiri Tahrs from the point near Green Mansion near eco-lodge.
An important factor of the Gavi eco project is the involvement of local populace in its activities as guides, gardeners and cooks. It provides livelihood to the locals and also helps in creating awareness on nature conservation. Visitors have opportunity to try their hand in trekking, wildlife watching, outdoor camping in specially built tents, and night safaris. There is active involvement of tribals in Gavi making it a unique venture of its kind in the country.
Sabarimala, the famous pilgrim destination is only a short trek from Gavi. People interested in observing nocturnal wildlife, they can select night safaris to Kullur, Gavi, Pullumedu, Kochu Pampa, Pachakanam which will provide ample opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Gavi Kerala Places To Visit
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 Macaque, 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, Peermedu, Vandiperiyar and Cardamon factory visits.
Climate – Gavi Kerala Temperature
Summer: Starting from February – April, daytime temperature to 28°C, but can come down to 20°C at night.
Monsoon: June- August, daytime temperature can reach up to 25°C but may drop to 10°C at night.
From Kochi : 170 KM
From Thekkady : 40 KM
From Munnar : 130 KM
GREEN MANSION – KFDC Gavi Hotel – Green Mansion Gavi, Kerala ( Gavi Stay Packages )
SWISS COTTAGE TENT
- Check In and Check Out : Preferably by noon at 2 PM and check out after 24 hours or 2 PM on the following day, whichever is earlier.
- Food & Beverages includes Evening Tea, Dinner, Breakfast & Vegetarian Lunch
- Children up to the age group of 6 years have free entry and those between 6 and 12 half of the tariff.
How to Reach Gavi
Location of Gavi is 28 km south west to Vandiperiyar, 40 km from Kumily, Thekkady. It would be rough journey to Gavi, so better make it on a sturdy vehicle like jeep which can be hired from Vandiperiyar or from Kumily. There is a junction called KakkiKavala just before reaching Vandiperiyar, you turn left here to go to Gavi. If you take this road for another 10 km, you will reach Vallakadavu checkpost.
Entry passes are issued from the Forest Check Post enroute at Vallakkadavu. It is 25 rupees per person and 50 rupees per vehicle. Cameras can be used by paying 25 rupees and video cameras are charged 100 rupees. Gavi is 12 km far from the check post.
After Vallakadavu check post, on the way you will come across two or more check posts but these check posts does not need your entries. Here at the last check post the road forks, the road straight to Gavi, the one on the right goes to Pullumedu, this route is restricted and is open to the believers in Sabarimala season only.