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Entry Fee : Entry fee: INR 25,
Vehicle entry: INR 50,
Camera: INR 25

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Gavi, Idukki Overview

One of the most beautiful places in India, Gavi is a small village tucked between tea estates and wide and dense forests. A unique project in itself, the place is a model of eco-tourism site bringing to the world its spell binding abundance in flora and fauna. Gavi is situated some 14 km away from the famed Periyar Tiger Reserve and is heaven on Earth, quite literally. This ambitious eco-tourism project of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation, Gavi has caught the eye of the world for its excellent model and use of local people for conservation & tourism.

A place which is full of breathtaking sceneries, wildlife, amazing people, and great activities is the epitome of everything that tourism in Kerala represents. The road that leads you to the Gavi village takes you through small streams and tea estates. An early morning ride through this road is one of the greatest experiences you can have. The eco-tourist lodge at the village is located conveniently in front of a magnificent lake providing great views of a lake and the adjoining forest. The place is great for nature and adventure lovers with so many activities that allow you to get close to the amazing forest. One can enjoy trekking, camping, canoeing and other activities or just sit back near the lake and be blown away by the beauty of the place. Gavi is a place that should not be missed no matter where you are.

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Best Time To Visit Gavi

The best time to visit the village is from October till February as the weather is pleasant with temperatures in day time hovering around 28 degrees and 20 degrees during night time. Casual clothing, cotton clothes with may be a jumper should be enough to protect you.

Stay Near Gavi

Gavi has its own Jungle Lodge for tourists but one needs to book in advance as they run out of rooms quickly. Other options include tree houses which provide an amazing experience as well as camping in the jungle under Swiss tents. For those with tight budgets Kumily village near Periyar Tiger Reserve would be a nice option with many accommodation options.

Activities At Gavi

Trekking, Wildlife Watching, Camping and Night Safaris and Canoeing are the activities one can indulge in here.

Shopping At Gavi

Kerala is a hub for spices especially cinnamon. You can find great spices and home-made chocolates at Kumily.

Local Experiences At Gavi

A visit to the tea plantation to experience life in these plantation can be a fascinating and enriching experience.

Food At Gavi

Try local Keralan cuisines such as tapioca, fried sea fish and papa.

Restaurants Near Gavi

KTDC has a restaurants within the premises of the reserve which offers authentic Keralan delicacies.

Sample Itinerary For Gavi

Take a day trip to Gavi, from Kumily. Spend the day trekking, boating and exploring wildlife. Follow it with the Periyar Tiger Reserve the next day.

Tips For Visiting Gavi

  • Do not LITTER. Carry lunch as the local canteen is pretty expensive.
  • One can hire vehicle till Gavi from Vandiperiyar or Kumily.

How to reach Gavi

  • Air: Nearest Airport is at Trivandrum (250km) and Madurai (195km).

  • Rail: Nearest Rail head is at Kottayam from where you can get KRTC buses till Gavi check post or hail a cab to the Gavi check post.

  • Road: Vandiperiyar is 28 km and Kumily village is 14 km from Gavi. Both these places are well connected to other major destination by KRTC buses.

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