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Gavi is an eco-tourist spot in Kerala which has widely become popular after ‘Alistair International’ the world acclaimed tourism major listed it among the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the must-see places in India. A must visit place for all nature lovers as Gavi is preserved in its natural scenic beauty untainted by the mighty hands of modernity. Gavi is mainly known for its wildlife. Endangered species including the Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. Kerala’s very own treasure elephants can be sighted abundantly. If you are the bird watcher, Gavi is the place for you. With more than 260 species of birds including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and kingfishers, Gavi is a heaven for birdwatchers. A splendid spot to be visited at least once for all those who love nature.
Gavi is 14 km south west of Vandiperiyar, 28 km from Kumily, near Thekkady. Gavi is inside the Ranni reserve forest. Gavi is a part of Seethathode Panchayath in Ranni Taluk. Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, and the route can be covered by car from Vandiperiyar. The entrance fee is 60 rupees per person and 80 rupees per vehicle. Cameras are 40 rupees and video cameras are charged 150 rupees. Both day and night stays are available. Forest tent camping is available from November through March.. It has been said that most enjoyable route to Gavi is the way from Pathanamthitta. The rough journey to Gavi may better be made on a sturdy vehicle like a jeep which are available on hire either from Vandiperiyar or from Kumily. Entry passes must be obtained from the Forest Check Post en route 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.
The tree standing at Gavi forest is of robust stem and lush foliage. According to state Forest Department officials, though the fully-grown gopher in Gavi is the only such tree sighted in the periphery of the jungle, possibly there could be more such trees still surviving in the inner forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala.
Thiruvanathapuram (185 km), Cochin (190 km)and Madurai (186 km) are the nearest airports. The nearest railway stations is Chengannur Railway Station (115 km through keekozhoor- mannamaruthi-koottickal-azhutha-vandiperiyar-gavi) and Thiruvalla (110 km) and Theni(99 km) under BG conversion Gavi is situated around 180 km from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Popular route is through the Main Central Road(MC Road) till Valakom, and then to Pathanapuram, Konni, Seethathode, Angamoozhy to Gavi. Other routes from Gavi are as below: – Chittar – Seethathodu – Angamoozhy – Moozhiyar – Kakki Reservoir – Anathode Dam – Pamba Reservoir – Kochu Pamba – Gavi – Pachakanam – Periyar National Park – Kozhikanam – Vandiperiyar There is a demand for another road connecting Gavi with Pathanamthitta, Vadasserikara, Perunad, Laha Plappally, (near Sabarimala), Angamoozhy, Moozhiyar, Kochu Pamba – Gavi. KERALA STATE ROAD TRANSPORT CORPORATION – KSRTC is OPERATING REGULAR 2 SERVICES in this Route from Pathanamthitta and kumily. Route: Mylapra , Mannarakulanji , Kumplampoika, Vadasserikkara, Madamon, Perunadu, Puthukkada, Chittar, Seethathodu, Angamoozhi, Moozhiyar Dam, Upper Moozhiyar, Penstock View Point, Kakki Dam, Anathodu Dam, Pamba Dam, Meenar Kullar Dam, Gavi, Gavi Dam, Pullumedu, Vallakkadavu, Vandiperiyar, Chelimada. (Service-1)Pathanamthitta- 6:30am_Angamoozhy- 8:30 am_Gavi – 11 am_Kumily – 12:30 pm (Service – 2)Pathanamthitta – 12:30 pm_Angamoozhy :- 2:30 pm_Gavi – 5 pm _ Kumily- 7:30 pm
KUMILY – GAVI – PATHANAMTHITTA KSRTC BUS TIMINGS (Service – 1) Kumily – 5:30 am _ Gavi – 6:45 am _ Angamoozhy – 9:35 am _ Pathanamthitta – 11:30 am (Service – 2)Kumily – 1:10 pm _ Gavi – 2:20 pm _ Angamoozhy – 5:15 pm _ Pathanamthitta – 7 pm. For more information contact Pathanamthitta KSRTC – 0468-2229213 , 0468-2222366(SM),Kumily KSRTC-0486-9224242 Regular buses are available to Vandiperiyar from Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram. A small bus rattles even up to Gavi from Vandiperiyar.
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