Gavi, the heaven of Misty Paradise with forests, lakes, waterfalls, etc, in the Western Ghats, situated in Kerala State, India. Gavi is re-opening its doors to tourists from December 2018, after the recent floods damaged the infrastructure facilities, including roads and electricity lines.
Gavi – The Gateway to the World of Wilderness
Alistair International‘ has listed Gavi as the leading Eco-Tourism center in India and a must-see place in India.
Gavi offers an unparalleled experience for a tourist. Unadulterated Nature at its best!”
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, Wildlife watching, etc, are there. Treetop accommodation and Boating inside Gavi lake on small Coracles (bowl-shaped boats) are available. You may visit the cardamom factories in the area. There is a spot where one can view the world-famous Sabarimala temple clearly. Local people are involved as guides, cooks, gardeners, etc. That way, they earn their livelihood from nature and became more involved in protecting nature.
The scenic route passes over the Five dams namely; Moozhiyar, Kakki, Anathode, Pampa and Gavi Dams. Gavi Kerala Tour package is one of the Best Kerala tourism packages available.
Mega Hit Malayalam Movie Ordinary – Shooting Location
The mega-hit Malayalam movie ‘Ordinary’ (an Indian regional language film) was shot here, which was released in 2012.
How Do I Go to Gavi?
If you are coming from Pathanamthitta, You have to book a Gavi entry pass. The entry fee is Rupees 60 per person for Indians. Those below 13 years of age do not need an entry pass. Foreigners are charged Rupees 120 per person. (revised fare as on last quarter of 2018.) Only 100 people are allowed per day.
Two-wheeler entry is prohibited. Those who are coming by two-wheeler need to park their vehicles near the Angamuzhy Forest Range Office and go by bus.
50 vehicle passes are issued daily, from November 2018. 75 % of vehicle passes are reserved for those holding online booking. The remaining 25 % of vehicle passes are for those who come straight to Goodrical Forest Range Office with vehicles.
Entry for private vehicles is allowed from 8.30 am to 11 am only. The entry point is the Ticket Counter at the office of Goodrical Forest Range Officer at Angamuzhy (around 45 kilometers from Pathanamthitta). You have to pay the entry fee and get the actual pass, after producing the online booking acceptance details (applicable to those with online entry pass).
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.
If you are coming from Vandiperiyar, the entry pass can be collected from the Kerala Forest Department office at Vandiperiyar.
KSRTC Buses to Gavi and from there to Kumali and Vice Versa.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses are also available to those who prefer to go by public transport. The bus journey does not require entry passes.
KSRTC bus timings are given below. It is as on 11t March 2019, as published at the FB page of KSRTC Pathanamthitta
KSRTC Bus route along with the expected time at major stops for the fist bus from Pathanamthitta to Kumali is as follows. Pathanamthitta 6:30 am (starting point), Mailapra, Vadasserikara, Perunad, Chittar, Seethathodu, Angamuzhy 8:30 am (check post), Moozhiyar dam, penstock pipe viewpoint, Kakki dam, Anathode dam, Gavi (11 am), Pullumuedu, Vallikadavu, Vandiperiyar, Chelimada and then Kumali 12:30 pm (Ending point). The second bus from Pathanamthitta to Kumali is at 12.30 pm. It reaches Gavi by 5 pm and Kumali at 6:30 pm.
K.S.R.T.C. Buses from Kumaly to Pathanamthitta (via Gavi) are at 5.30 am and 1.10 pm. The first bus reaches Gavi at 6:45 am and Pathanamthitta at 11:30 am. Second bus reaches Gavi at 2:20 pm and Pathanamthitta at 7:00 pm.
KSRTC bus charges are 77 rupees per ticket (This is subject to change and please check the charges at your end).
Please check the bus timings and bus fare with the respective KSRTC bus stations, a day in advance of your planned travel. Timings may change seasonally and on many other conditions.
Contact numbers of KSRTC bus stations are as follows;
KUMILY – 04869-224242 (office)
PATHANAMTHITTA – 0468-2229213 (office), 0468-2222366 (station master).
Is Accommodation Available at Gavi?
Gavi Forests are part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Kerala government undertaking, Kerala Forest Development Corporation, provides accommodation in Eco tents, as part of Kerala Tourism packages. KFDC Gavi Ecotourism website gives all the required details on this.
It is advisable to carry food for those on day trips, 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 come first.
Are you interested in going to Gavi and enjoy the beauty of nature? It is advisable to combine your Gavi trip with a night’s stay at Thekkady and explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary there, on the next day. Please leave your comments.