Gavi, a heaven of Misty Paradise with forests, lakes, water falls, etc, in the Western Ghats, situated in Kerala State, India. Gavi offers unparalleled experience for a tourist. “Unadulterated Nature at its best!”
Mushrooms on grassland in Gavi.
Tiger, leopards, bear, elephants and many other inhabitants of the beast can be seen on your jungle safari drive to Gavi. There are 3 dams and a check dam, on your way to this place from Pathanamthitta town.
Facilities for Trekking, Bird watching, Wild life watching, etc, are there. Tree top accommodation and Boating inside Gavi lake on small Coracles (bowl-shaped boats) are available. You may visit the cardamom factories int he area. There is a spot from where one can view the world famous Sabarimala temple clearly. Local people are involved as guides, cooks, gardeners, etc, which made they earn their livelihood from nature and they became more involved in protecting the nature.
The mega hit Malayalam movie ‘Ordinary’, released last year, was shot at here. ‘ Alistair International’ has listed Gavi as the leading Eco Tourism center in India and a must see place in India.
The scenic route passes over the Five dams namely; Moozhiyar, Kakki, Anathode, Pampa and Gavi Dams. Gavi Kerala Tour package is one among the Best Kerala tourism packages available.
How Do I Go to Gavi?
You have to book Gavi entry pass online. Entry fee is Rupees 30 per person for Indians. Those below 13 years of age does not need entry pass. Foreigners are charged Rupees 60 per person. Only 100 people are allowed per day.
Two wheeler is not allowed. Those who comes by two wheeler need to park the vehicle near the Angamuzhy Forest Range Office and go by bus.
Entry for private vehicles are allowed from 8.30 am to 11 am only. Entry point is the Ticket Counter at Angamuzhy Forest Range Office (around 45 kilometers from Pathanamthitta), where you have to pay the entry fee and get the actual pass, after producing the online booking acceptance details. Private Vehicles must cross the Anathode Forest Check post before 2.30 pm on the same day and should leave through Vallakkadavu Check post before 6 pm, the same day.
It is best to go from Pathanamthitta by a Jeep. Car journey, especially small cars, is not advisable as the ghat roads are often damaged.
KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) Buses to Gavi
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses are also available to those who prefer to go by public transport. Entry passes are not required for this bus journey. The first bus starts at 6.30 am from Pathamanthitta K.S.R.T.C. Bus station. It reaches Gavi by 11 am. Charges are 77 rupees per ticket (This is subject to change and please check the charges at your end). The same bus goes to Kumali from Gavi and returns to Gavi in the afternoon. This bus then goes back to Pathanamthitta. The second bus from Pathanamthitta to Gavi is at 12.30, in the afternoon. It reaches Gavi by 5 pm.
Buses from Gavi to Pathanamthitta are at 7 am and 2.30 pm.
K.S.R.T.C. Buses from Kumaly to Gavi are at 5.45 am and 1.20 pm.
Is Accommodation Available at Gavi?
It is advisable to carry food, as there are very few options available. There is a small restaurant run by K.T.D.C. at Kochu Pampa, 10 kilometers ahead of Gavi. Some other small eateries / food stalls are also there at different places en-route. But availability is limited to those who comes first.