Gavi is located around 40 kms away from Kumili and is covered by tea plantations. On the way to Gavi one can enjoy the beautiful scenery of hills, valleys, grasslands, forests, plantations, waterfalls etc. This place is an attraction for the bird lovers as there are about 260 species of birds here. The Pamba reservoir is also near to it. Some of the animals found here include Nilgiri tahr and lion tailed macaque. Gavi has gain wide recognition that it is considered as one of the must see places in India.
The ecotourism activities which the tourists can involve trekking, bird watching, boating etc. The tourists can have a view of the Sabarimala from the Pullumedu peak. The tourists can hike to Meenar, Chenthamara Kokka and Valley View which enables them to have a spectacular view of the forests below. For all these trekkings and hikes the tribes accompany the tourists as guides. An important activit which is liked by all is the night-camping in the forests.
Near to Gave lies the Paradise cove at Ninnumulli. Some other interesting places to watch include Kullur, Kochu Pampa, Pullumedu and Pachakanam. The visitors are also permitted to go to the nearby cardamom factory and take a leisure walk through the plantation.
The accommodations to the tourists are provided in ‘Green Mansion’ which is a lodge that gives a great view of the Gavi Lake and the nearby forests. There are also several treetop houses.
Gavi is situated in around 40 km away from Kumili in Idukki district. The nearest airport is the Madurai Airport in Tamil Nadu at a distance of 140 km. the nearest airport in Kerala is the Cochin International Airport at a distance of 190km. The nearest railway station is the Kottayam Railway station. The roads are connected to Thekkady and the nearest bus stand is Vandiperiyar.
For enquiries & bookings, contact:
Kerala Forest Development Corporation, Thiruvananthapuram, Ph: 0471-2320604, Kottayam, Ph: 0481-2581204 [email protected]
Eco-Tourism Project, Periyar, Ph: 0481- 2581204, 2582640
District Tourist Promotion Council Office, Pathanamthitta, Ph: 0468-2229952