Gavi is a village in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, India. It is located 28 km southwest of Vandiperiyar. Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger reserve, and the route can be covered by car from Vandiperiyar.Forest tent camping is available from November through March.. Its been said that most enjoyable route to Gavi is the way from Pathanamthitta. Botanists have confirmed that “Gopher Trees” can be seen in Gavi. In Gavi’s forest area,there are two Gopher trees and they are believed to be the only two gopher trees in India. The tree, which is identified as ‘gopher’, is known as ‘Nirampalli’. Gopher wood or gopherwood is a term used once in the Bible.
Gavi is an eco-tourist spot in Kerala which has widely become popular after ‘Alistair International’ the world acclaimed tourism major listed it among the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the must-see places in India. A must visit place for all nature lovers as Gavi is preserved in its natural scenic beauty untainted by the mighty hands of modernity.
Gavi is mainly known for its wildlife. Endangered species including the Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. Kerala’s very own treasure elephants can be sighted abundantly. If you are the bird watcher, Gavi is the place for you. With more than 260 species of birds including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and kingfishers, Gavi is a heaven for birdwatchers.
Visitors to Gavi can indulge in trekking, bird and animal watching and boating or canoeing in the placid waters of the Reservoir. Trekking trails to Pullumedu Peak offers a panoramic view of the famed Sabarimala shrine. Visitors can also take along a local guide and an experienced ‘elephant chaser’ and then hike to Meenar, Chenthamara Kokka and Valley View that gives a spectacular view of a deep ravine and the forest below. Outdoor camping and night safaris are organised to Kullar, Gavi, Pullumedu, Kochu Pampa, Pachakanam or Anathodu. A unique feature of Gavi is night-camping in the forests, where it is possible to pitch a tent in the camping site – a rarity in many Indian forests. Gavi also has a treasure trove of birds for all those avian enthusiasts.