This sleepy eco-tourist spot a part of Pathanamthitta district is slowly becoming a tourist favourite place in Kerala. It is a must visit place for honeymooners as well as nature lovers. The cool climate, scenic beauty, deep ravines and calmness of the hills have a great hit among the newlyweds.
Gavi is known for its thick green forests and exotic wildlife and also is a home to about 260 species of birds; some of them which belong to the rare category.
It is a place away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The place has been highlighted by the renowned tourism major Alistair International as one of the must-see eco-tourism places in India. Famous pilgrim centre Sabarimala is about a short trek from Gavi.
Unlike other popular tourist places, you will need the prior permission to enter Gavi. You need to get prior permission to cross Vallakkadavu check post (it is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve) located about 8KM from Vandiperiyar and also from the Angamoozhy side. Only 10 vehicles are allowed entry during weekdays and during weekends only 30 are allowed entry. It is done to limit the environmental damage the influx of tourists would cause. Vehicles are only allowed entry between 6 am to 12 pm.
The drive through the forest land itself provides excellent opportunities to watch the wildlife up close.
If you are visiting Gavi the activities that shouldn't miss include boating, especially coracle boating, early morning jeep safari through the nearby villages, waterfall, plantation visit, trekking through the jungle, overnight camping with expert guidance only etc... There is a wildlife museum at Vallakadavu which you could visit.
For the visitors' safety outdoor activities post 6 in the evening is not encouraged by the authorities. The ideal time to visit Gavi is between September - February, but the climate will be chilling so do remember to carry warm clothes.