Tucked away in the pristine wilderness of the Periyar Tiger Reserves is a small and wonderful place called Gavi in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. Connoisseurs of travel say that it is as wonderful and enchanting as Kashmir and Switzerland. The evergreen tropical forests are abundant with magnificent wildlife including the tigers, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian Gaur, sambar, mouse deers, lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri Marten and lot more. The road leading through the place meanders through tea plantations and forest lands with deep ravines and mountains. It is said that a visit to Gavi is a must for all lovers of nature as the beautiful place is sure to cast its magical spell on every visitor and will linger in their memories. The forest around Gavi is virgin and not interfered by human. It reminds one of the needs to conserve such forest lands in all its spirit for the future.
The forest department sponsors some unique tourist packages that include elephant safaris and trekking in the deep jungles of Gavi near Kumily/Thekkady, which is otherwise inaccessible to the public.
Another attraction there is the Pamba biological garden and the pond formed during the construction of Gavi lake. The famous pilgrim destination, Sabrimala is a short trek from Gavi.
It is situated 3400 ft above sea level.
Climate: Summer: February–April, daytime temperatures up to 28 C. but can drop to 20 degree C at night. Monsoon: June – August, daytime temperatures up to 25 C but can drop to 10 degree C at night
Summer is the best time to visit Gavi, although, tourists visit in monsoon too. A great destination for the adventurous honeymoon couple.
Getting there: Gavi is around 40 km from Kumily/ Thekkady. Entry passes must be obtained from the Forest Check Post enroute at Vallakkadavu. Advance booking with the Kerala Forest Department is recommended.
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