District: Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India
Elevation: 1,036 Meters above sea level (3,399 ft)
Gavi is known for the endangered species of Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque. They are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. Elephants can be seen here abundantly. And Gavi is paradise for bird watchers. With more than 260 species of birds including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and kingfishers are here. It is a great spot to be visited at least once for all those who love nature.Active involvement of local tribal people in tourism as guides, gardeners and cooks makes it a unique venture of its kind in the country. Their traditional knowledge of the forest and its way of life helps Gavi to sustain its surroundings in its original state. This really makes awareness on conservation of nature and provide livelihood for them. Gavi is close to Thekkady and located in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. From Thekkady you can visit here by a day tour also.
An eco-lodge called ‘Green Mansion’ by Government Forest Department.Visitors can also try the tree houses here and can even pitch tents amidst the wilderness. Here you can enjoy outstanding trekking experiences with the help of trained local people, Canoeing in the placid waters of the lake & breathtaking sunsets are also invites tourists here. There are also tree top houses where one can enjoy the avian life to the fullest.
Possible activities: Forest Camping in specially built tents, Trekking, Canoeing , Birding, wildlife watching and night safaris.
How to Reach:
Nearest Railway station: Kottayam, 115 K.ms
Madurai, Tamil Nadu (IXM), 140 K.ms & Kochi International Airport in Kerala (COK) is 190 K.ms away