Gavi is among the most beautiful of
the Indian locations. The small village is surrounded by the tea estates on one
side and the beautiful green forests on another. Gavi is unique in itself in
more ways than one. With its amazing variety and abundance of flora and fauna,
Gavi is almost perfectly ideal for eco-tourism.
Gavi is located only 14 km from the
famous Periyar Tiger Reserve. The highly ambitious and successful eco-tourism
project by Kerala Forest Development Corporation has gained recognition across
the globe for the exceptional excellence of its model, apart from the
co-operation of the locals for the sake of conservation and tourism.
The landscape and wildlife are
simply breathtaking. The people are so warm-hearted that they are amazingly hospitable.
Besides, there are a number of attractive activities that make Gavi an epitome
of the charmingly attractive Kerala tourism.
Travelling to Gavi is interesting
in its own way. The road leading to the village called Gavi lets you pass by a
number of little streams and tea estates. You can enjoy a beautiful experience
if you opt for a ride early in the morning through this road.
There is an eco-tourist lodge at
Gavi. As the lodge is situated in front of the lake and the neighbouring
forest, the place is a delight for the nature lovers. Besides, the visitors may
enjoy a number of activities including trekking, canoeing, camping etc. If you
do not feel like participating in any of these, you may simply relax by the
lake. Gavi is a MUST visit for all!
More on Gavi
Best Time to Visit Gavi
It is in between October to
February for the weather is pleasantly cool. The maximum temperature during the
day is around 28 degrees. During the nights, the temperature falls to 20
degrees. Thus, you need not pack any
Stay Near Gavi
Though there is a Jungle Lodge
meant for the tourists at Gavi, it is advisable to book in advance for you may
not find a free room over there otherwise. Besides, there are some interesting
options available. Apart from the tree houses, it is a great experience to camp
in the Swiss Tents in the jungle. Thus, the Kumily village is an excellent option
to go holidaying for all those who have a small budget as there are economical
accommodations available here.
Activities at Gavi
There is no dearth of the enjoyable activities
including Trekking, watching wildlife, Night Safaris, Camping,
and Canoeing etc.
Shopping at Gavi
Kerala is known for various spices
including Cinnamon spices. You may also enjoy the home-made Kumily chocolates.
Local Experiences at Gavi
Visits to the tea plantations are highly enjoyable.
Food at Gavi
The local Kerala cuisine including tapioca, papa and fried sea fish.
Restaurants Near Gavi
KTDC is well equipped with
restaurants within the Periyar Tiger Reserve premises where delicious Keralan
delicacies are served to the visitors.
Sample Itinerary for Gavi
It is preferable to visit Gavi from Kumily during the day time. You may go trekking, or enjoy boating or simply explore the wildlife. You may visit the Periyar Tiger Reserve the following day.
Tips for Visiting Gavi
Littering must be avoided absolutely. And
it is preferable to carry your meals as the local canteen over there is
You may hire a vehicle to Gavi from
Kumily or Vandiperiyar.
How to Reach Gavi?
Air: There is an airport
at Trivandrum (250km) and also at Madurai (195km).
Rail: You may
catch a KRTC bus from the Kottayam (the closest
Rail Head) till the Gavi Check Post. You may also reach the Check Post
by means of a cab.
Road: You may
reach Gavi by a KRTC bus either from Kumily village (14 km) or Vandiperiyar