Periyar National Park located in Kerala, India. The main attraction of the park is the Indian the elephants and the tigers.

Beckon Ecotourism and Wildlife in Gavi and Periyar

Updated: 23-Aug-23 Gavi is a favourite offbeat spot in Kerala visited mostly by nature lovers. The project of ecotourism in Gavi has been undertaken by the Forest Department of Kerala. Alistair International, a globally acclaimed tourism major has listed Gavi among the assortments of the leading eco-tourism centres. This pride of Kerala lies in the Pathanamthitta district and is cradled in the Ranni Reserve Forest and Seethathode Panchayath in Ranni Taluk as well. Gavi also happens to be a significant part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri tahr and other endangered species are quite frequently spotted on the outskirts of Gavi. Asian elephants are also commonly sighted at this eco-tourism spot. Furthermore, Gavi is a paradise for birdwatchers as the place provides shelter to more than 260 species of birds. The most commonly found species are kingfisher, woodpecker, great pied hornbill, etc.

The most appropriate time to visit Gavi - In order to embrace the best of Gavi, visit the place anytime between September to February. The time is perfect not only for Gavi but for the entire Kerala tourism. The reason is the pleasant weather, which facilitates a smooth experience in getting indulged in various activities, sightseeing and wildlife sightings. The winter months at Gavi are just awesome.

wildlife in periyar

To reach Gavi -

  • If you are planning to reach Gavi by air, the nearest airports are at Cochin and Trivandrum.
  • The closest railhead to reach Gavi is the Kottayam Railway Station.
  • By road, you can reach Gavi from the well-connected roads of most of the major cities of Southern India. KSRTC bus services are available from most of the cities of Kerala. You can also hire a rented cab or drive your own vehicle to tour Gavi.

Top activities in Gavi

Trekking - Trekking at Gavi is a full-day program, which commences early in the morning. The trekkers trod through the beautiful cardamom plantations, and are accompanied by an experienced and efficient guide for a safe and informative experience.

Boating - On your visit to Gavi, row through the emerald waters of Kochupamba. It is one of the serene destinations for nature lovers. It is a part of the eco-tourism day program. The boating expedition takes you to Kochupamba through the Gavi reservoir encompassing a scenic route.

Camping - On your visit to Gavi, do not miss the opportunity to stay amidst the woodlands of Gavi in tents and camps. Waking up to nature’s music of birds chirping and the distant calls of the animals will be a breathtaking experience for you. All the basic amenities are available for you in the camps.

Plantation visits - There are several coffee, cardamom and pepper plantations in Gavi, where you can take a leisurely stroll. A visit to the plantations is a true treat to the eyes, where the green leaves look like rolling carpets on the fields.

Visiting Sabarimala Viewpoint - The Sabarimala Hills is a part of the Western Ghats and is a visionary feast from the viewpoint. Sabarimala is an esteemed religious destination visited by thousands of plagiarism every year.

Around 15 km away from Gavi, is the Periyar National Park where you can embark on a Periyar Tiger Safari Tour through elephant and jeep safari in the morning and afternoon slots.