Gavi, a picturesque village in Pathanamthitta district, is a favourite destination for scores of tourists. People started flowing to Gavi after the ecotourism spot was featured in Malayalam flick 'Ordinary.' The Kerala government had put in place curbs on the number of people visiting Gavi, which comes under the Ranni forest division, as the steady flow of tourists to the hamlet was adversely affecting the wildlife habitat. With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the tourism industry, the tourist centers in Gavi are wearing a deserted look too.
As the footfalls have dipped drastically, wild animals and birds could be found everywhere especially near roads and small brooks. The pristine beauty of Gavi has only increased manifold with the rains tapering off in the past few days. The wild animals have started moving from the forest interiors to the roadsides with the forest area going silent, except for the sound of wilderness, as the entry of visitors is restricted due to the epidemic.
With mist clearing and rain keeping off, the road is pretty clear. Elephants, wild buffaloes, and deer could also be seen loitering on the verdant meadows, say forest wardens.
One can reach the forest check post, which is the gateway to Gavi, after travelling 2 km from Angamoozhy. Many wild animals could be spotted from the forest check post to the Gavi border.
The journey to this charming village is equally amazing. Those who are into adventure travelling will love the long drive through the dense forest. Moreover, once could also see elephants and wild buffaloes in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you can also catch sight of the rare Nilgiri tahr and lion-tailed macaque. As this scenic village is situated 3,400 ft above sea level, there will always be a nip in the air with the temperature hovering around 10 degrees Celsius. The other main attractions of Gavi are grasslands and bare hills.