Gavi- Gods own country

Gavi Eco Tourism

 

Experience the soothing song of nature in Gavi
Kerala– the land of distinct culture and traditions, with its amazing natural green forests makes an ideal tourist destination in Kerala. The vast expanses of forest lands in Idukki and its border regions are home to different varieties of flora and fauna.
Gavi, a beautiful green village, situated about 40 km from Kumily at the border region of Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts offers a wild view of nature and culture. Spread across the beauty of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is a green home located at an altitude of 3400 ft above sea level.
The place is rich in amazing varieties of flora and fauna. The evergreen forests around Gavi are home to over 320 species of birds – the great Indian hornbills, sunbirds, woodpeckers, kingfishers, mynas, cuckoos and bulbuls. Gavi, thus serves to be a place of sheer interest for the bird watchers. Endangered species including the Nilgiri Tahrs, the lion-tailed Macaque and other animals such as tiger, elaphants, leopards, bear, Indian guars, sambar, barking deers are often spotted at Gavi forests.
Sprawling grasslands, tropical forests, sholas, hills and valleys, waterfalls, tea and cardamom plantations makes the place popular among the nature lovers as well as adventure tourists. The place is also notable among the research students who come to explore the flora and fauna of Gavi. Nageia Wallichinia (Podocarpus Wallichinia), a highly endemic species of the Gymnosperm family ca be seen only in the parts of Gavi.
The spectacular view of valleys, forests and the wildlife is a refreshing experience for the tourists. Besides trekking and wildlife watching Gavi offers its visitors opportunities for outdoor camping in specially built tents and night safaris. There are also tree top houses where one can observe the ambience of the wildlife to the fullest. Night camping in the Gavi forests is a unique experience that cannot be explained in words.
The Gavi Eco Tourism project sponsored by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation has promoted the tourism, mostly from the European countries. Majority of visits are made by nature explorers and adventurous seekers. Active involvement of the locals is the main highlight in promoting the Gavi Eco Tourism project. The guidance of the Gavi tribals help to create an awareness among the tourists on the conservation of nature.
Gavi is one of the leading eco-tourism centres, which awaits with its charming beauty to welcome the human hearts. Gavi offers its visitors challenging and adventurous treks as well as breathtakingly beautiful sights of mist covered hills and valleys. It is also so special to watch the colourful view of sunset in Gavi. On the way from Kumily to Gavi, one can experience the lush green tea plantations and spectacular view of forests.
There are eco – lodges providing good food and accommodation facilities to relax watching the Gavi lake and the adjoining forest. Enjoying a wonderful night at the tents with the song of the wild is a memorable experience that no one should miss in a lifetime.

How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airports are at Kochi(200 kms), Trivandrum(250 kms) and Madurai(195 kms).
By Rail: Kottayam railway is the nearest railway station, about 120 kms from Gavi.
By Road: Regular buses are available from Kochi to Vandiperiyar. Taxis are also available on hire.

Contact:
Gavi Ecotourism Office Tel:04869223270
District tourism Promotion Council Off: Pathanamthitta.
Tel: 04682229952.

Courtesy: Godsownidukki.com

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