Anyone will fall in love with colour green after a date with the natural green wonders of Gavi, a sought-after eco-tourism center at Pathanamthitta in Kerala. The wilderness of this tourist spot is breathtaking and the journey to Gavi through the road in the middle of the verdant forest is an out-of-the-world experience. The arch-shaped canopy provides the perfect protection from the scorching summer sun and one could spot birds, elephants and wild buffaloes at will on the way. The milky brooks also add value to the trip to Gavi.
Malayalam flick ‘Ordinary’ played a pivotal role in attracting more travellers to Gavi as the film was canned at this picturesque place. The Gavi journey through the lap of Mother Nature can be rejuvenating for each and every traveller. With the tourist footfall increasing manifold, the Kerala Government has put in place many facilities at this eco-tourism center for the visitors. Now travellers can go on a trekking spree or stay in a tent in the midst of the forest, that too under the watchful eyes of the forest department, and much more.
As the lush green forest of Gavi is situated close to 3,000ft above sea level, it has a pleasant cool climate compared to the searing heat of the plains. Myriad of birds and scores of different wild animals would be a visual treat for any traveller. The forest houses more than 300 species of birds, including the Great Indian Hornbill, and is a treasure trove for bird enthusiasts, and the flora is equally alluring. As per the latest stats, nearly 60 different species of wild animals, including elephants, leopards, tigers and bears, can be found at the forest. Moreover, the forest is also the natural habitat of 45 different species of reptiles. The pristine lake adds charm to the whole natural settings of Gavi.
If you are longing to stay in a tree-top house, then this eco-tourism center is the right place for you. You can also spend a night or two in a tent in the middle of the forest and get a feel of the wilderness. And if you are into trekking, a guide will take you through the heart of the jungle on foot. The boat ride and nature’s magic during sun set are simply surreal.
The rolling hills, thick forest and sparkling waterfalls make Gavi a must-see destination for all travellers. This eco-tourism center is a paradise for both ornithologists and bird watchers. The jungle is home not only to the endangered Lion-tailed macaque and the Nilgiri tahr but also to three varieties of hornbills.
As the sudden surge in the number of people visiting Gavi has affected the ecological balance of the forest, the authorities concerned have capped their number. Now those wishing to visit this beautiful spot should pre-book to enter Gavi.
How to reach Gavi
Gavi is 109km away from Pathanamthitta. The state-run KSRTC is running bus services from Pathanamthitta to Kumili through Moozhiyar, Kochu Pampa, Pachakkanam and Gavi. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport and if you are coming by train get down at Chenganur railway station and travel by road for 133km to reach Gavi.