Gavi Tourist Attractions
Gavi - The ecotourism experience
It is a thick forest in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. It lies 40 km from Thekkady. From Kumily, it takes two hours by jeep to reach the picturesque tea plantations of Gavi. To entice more nature lovers and adventure tourists to the site, the recently introduced ecotourism project by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation provides incredible wildlife and jungle experience. Among the visitors to the place are deep jungle trekkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers, researchers, and those seeking a break from their daily routines.
During the two-hour jeep ride to Gavi, one has to drive past hills, valleys, tropical forests, grasslands, shoals, gushing waterfalls, and cardamom plantations, where one can enjoy nature at its best.
Gavi visitors must pass a large area of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The major highlight of the journey is the spectacular view of greenery and wildlife. Pamba Reservoir and Pullumedu peak are on the way.
Taking a dip in bubbling brooks among thick greenery and breathing fresh air scented with cardamom is a magical experience found only in Gavi. Known for its wild animals and its diverse avian fauna, the region is ultra beautiful.
KFDC offers three different tour packages at Gavi.
The first is a daytime package from 8 am to 4.30 pm.
The overnight package includes accommodation at Green Mansions, an ecotourism center near the lake.
Another package includes an overnight stay at a jungle campsite, where guests will go in jeeps.
Activities involved in the project
The ecotourism project has come up with various activities including
Treks through thick jungles
Night safaris, outdoor camping
Stays atop tree-huts
Visits to Paradise Cove at Ninnumulli
Boating in Gavi and Kochupampa lakes
Lodgings at the eco-lodge overlooking Gavi Lake
A leisurely walk through spice gardens
Visits to cardamom factories and so on.
A team of KFDC men supervises several tour packages available to visitors. On treks and jungle expeditions, visitors are guided by trained guides capable of protecting them in any situation.
One can trek to Meenar, Chenthamara Kokka, and Valley View from Gavi. Treks through patches of dense forest is part of the course. Besides guides, a local 'elephant chaser' will accompany visitors on treks into the dense jungle. They use their ingenious noise-making device to protect the team from dangerous encounters with wildlife.
The Meenar offers tranquility and pristine natural beauty, while Chenthamara Kokka gives a panoramic view of the deep ravine with dense forest below.
Ninnumulli's Paradise Cove boat ride is another impressive experience. There are many beautiful wildflowers in the Cove, and one can also hear the chirpings of birds in the background. At Kullur, Gavi Pullumedu, Kochu Pampa, and Pachakanam, the KFDC offers outdoor camping and night safaris. During these safaris and camps, visitors can experience the nightlife in the jungle and the dark beauty of the tropical rain forests. If you are very adventurous, you could also try night camping in the woods, an unforgettable experience. There are also treehouses available for campers to use. There is also a spice garden near Gavi and a cardamom factory that guests can visit.
The KFDC at Gavi has built an eco-lodge, Green Mansion, in addition to treehouses and tents in the jungle. A stay at the Green Mansion is an unforgettable experience. The surrounding forest and Lake Gavi are a sight to behold. From Green Mansion, you can trek to Kochu Pampa, where you can see endangered Nilgiri Tahrs.
The ecotourism project is planned in such a way that it supports the KFDC's conservation efforts. This project avoids any disturbance to the ecosystem and creates awareness among visitors about the importance of protecting the forest and wildlife. This eco-friendly, exploratory, and educational experience is commendable for its eco-friendly measures.
Involvement of local populace
At Gavi, the ecotourism project involves the local community. In addition to serving as guides, cooks, and gardeners, tribal inhabitants actively participate in tourism projects. That helps them earn more money and support their families. Since they have profound knowledge of the forest, they can guide visitors through its nature trails while imparting their knowledge of flora and fauna.
Programs in Gavi:
The below given tariff at the time of preparing this page. You can avail of updated tariff at below-given address
KFDC Ecotourism GAVI- Kumily
Tourist Facilitation Center KFDC, Gavi Eco-Tourism
LAKE ROAD, Near Periyar Tiger Reserve Entrance Gate.
Thekkady-Kumily, Tel: 04869 253270, Mob: 9947492399/8289821306.
Program no. 1
Day Trip: 1250 INR / head | Children 6 to 12 years: 675 / head.
This program includes guide service, breakfast, a plantation visit, vegetarian lunch, a rowboat ride, a visit to the cardamom plantation, the curing house, Sabarimala viewpoint, and the Museum of animals' skeletons.
After an enjoyable day of sightseeing, return to the registration spot in the evening. Before dispersing at 4.30 pm, enjoy a refreshing tea break.
Program no. 2
Boat ride at Kochupamba lake: 600 INR / 4 heads | 300 INR / 2 heads
Take a boat ride on Kochupamba Lake to take home memories of a life that remains as clear as the water. Kochupamba offers row boating facilities. Tourists must wear life jackets. It's refreshing to row along the emerald-hued backdrop of nature. Get an adventurous spirit at Kochupamba.
Stay over Program
Green Mansion Jungle Lodge: 2200 INR / head | children 6 - 12 years: 1100 INR / head
Check-in: Preferably by noon by 2. pm
Check-out after 24 hours or 2 pm on the following day, whichever is earlier.
After lunch, it is time for a rowboat ride, then visit the cardamom plantation, where you can inhale aromatic whiffs of cardamom, and then to the curing house. Sabarimala viewpoint is the next spot on the itinerary, the scenic beauty spot to capture the panoramic view of the Sabarimala hills and the pilgrim spot.
Stay the night at the Green Mansion. Away from the fast pace of the city, sleep in the serenity of the woods. Wake up early for 2 ½ hours' vehicle safari to catch a glimpse of wildlife and exotic birds. Check out after the safari.
Program No. 4
Swiss Cottage Tent: 3000 INR / head | Children 6 - 12: 1500 INR / head | full board
Stay in permanently pitched cottage tents in the forest with an attached bathroom.
Check-in is preferably by noon by 2. pm and check-out after 24 hours or 2 pm on the following day, whichever is earlier.
After lunch, go for a relaxing rowboat, visit the cardamom plantation, inhale aromatic whiffs of cardamom, then the curing house. Sabarimala viewpoint is the next spot on the itinerary, the scenic beauty spot to capture the panoramic view of the Sabarimala hills and the pilgrim spot.
Return to the Swiss Cottage Tents for a night's stay. Away from the fast pace of the city, sleep in the serenity of the woods. Wake up early for a vehicle safari through the forest for 2 ½ hours to catch a glimpse of wildlife and exotic birds. Check out after the safari.
Jungle camping: 12000 INR / 4 heads | Children 6 - 12 years: 1500 INR / head | extra person: 3000 INR / head
It is an adventurous program, spending a night in a small portable tent in the deep forest. Guides and helpers will accompany the guests. Your hot and delicious dinner will be prepared at the camp and served.
The program also offers a relaxing rowboat ride, a visit to the cardamom plantation, then to the cardamom curing house, and a visit to Sabarimala viewpoint, the scenic beauty spot to capture the panoramic view of the Sabarimala hills and the pilgrim spot.
Not desirable for ladies and kids.