Gavi, a beautiful village in Pathanamthitta district is an eco-tourist spot. Jeep Safari covering the serene, uneven terrains and boating in Kochupamba are highlights of the place. KFDC’s day tour at INR 1250 per head from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM is an excellent option to cover Gavi. DTPC, Pathanamthitta also offers a Gavi Jeep Safari at INR 1600 per person.
Gavi is an interesting tour package especially designed for people who love adventure. The rides are bumpy and fun. If you're lucky enough, you might be able to see some wild animals too. The entire ride will show you some amazing natural views.
Gavi is a village in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. It is located 28 km southwest of Vandiperiyar, a town in Idukki district of Kerala, on NH220. Gavi, part of Periyar Tiger Reserve is an eco-tourist spot, untouched by the perils of modernity. Gavi eco-tourism is maintained by Kerala Forest Development Corporation (KFDC), a joint venture between Central and State Government. There is an entrance fee of INR 33 per person and INR 50 per vehicle. Cameras are charged at INR 25 and video cameras at INR 100.
To capture Gavi’s beauty in all its splendour, you should approach it from Pathanamthitta side.
A Jeep Safari through the uneven terrains of Gavi, capturing the breath-taking views is another highlight of the Gavi Trip. Also with no proper roads, the Safari is good for those seeking a little adventure. In addition to elephants, Gavi is also home to many endangered species like Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to catch a glimpse of wild animals during the safari. With over 260 species of birds, including great pied hornbill, woodpecker and kingfishers, Gavi is a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Boat riding on the sparkling waters of Gavi reservoir and Kochupamba, which comes at INR 600 for 4 persons is another activity which you can indulge in. The more adventurous souls may opt for the row boating facility.
You may also visit the nearby cardamom & coffee plantations. Gavi offers an astounding view of Sabarimala, the famous Hindu pilgrimage centre.
A day safari covering the the scenic places, plantations and boating, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, is offered by KFDC, at INR 1250 per adult and INR 675 for kids in the age group of 6 - 12 years. It also includes breakfast, lunch and tea as part of the package. Stay-over packages are also available at an average of INR 2500 per adult and INR 1250 for kids in the age group of 6 - 12 years; but get yourselves a booking in advance.
District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Pathanamthitta also offers a Gavi day tour starting from Pathanamthitta at 6:30 AM and returning back at 8:00 PM. The package covers Angamoozhy, Moozhiyar Dam, Kakki Dam, Eco point, Kochu Pampa Dam, Nature Walk and plantation visits, in addition to Gavi. The rates are INR 1600 per head for Jeep Safari (5 persons in a jeep) and for larger groups (upto 12 persons), A/c Traveller Tempos are available at INR 1600.