Trip To Gavi, Pathanamthiita


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Trip to Gavi

Gavi [official web site] [Gavi Kakki Eco Tourism]
Date 20-Aug-2019 (one day trip) [7am to 7pm]
Route Map Attached. Pathanamthitta, Angamoozhy, Gavi, Vadiperiayar, Paruthumpara, PineForest, Valanjavattom Waterfalls, Pathanamthitta.
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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. A splendid spot to be visited at least once for all those who love nature.
Lot more photos, and travelogues are available about Gavi. Why we can't explore it ? Gavi is having the cleanest and best air in India (as per survey).We decided to explore it on Tuesday, 20th August 2019, a days trip. We took a package tour, as we are not familiar of the forest procedures, check posts, terrain, sight seeing places, locations having wild animals etc.

Forest Range Office,
Goodrickal Forest Range,
Angamoozhy P.O,Pathanamthitta,
Kerala
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collect the Entry Tickets from the Forest Range Office at Angamoozhy.
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Packaged Tour provides Breakfast at the following center.
Vehicle Ready.
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Team Ready.
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Set to Go.
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Main attractions of Gavi Tour.
  • Dams
  • Animal Sight seeing
  • Echo Point
  • Boating
  • Off Road Driving
Dams on the way (from Pathanamthitta to Vandiperiyar Direction)
  • Mozhyiyar Dam
  • Kakki Dam
  • Anathodu Dam
  • KochPampa Check Dam
  • Gaviyar Dam
General guidelines
1. Only Day trip, no night journey
2. BSNL coverage on certain areas only
3. No photography allowed at Dam Sites
4. Strict monitoring of plastics. Must give the count of plastics at first check post, and must be presented while exiting through last check post.
5. Only 30 vehicles allowed per day.
6. Small canteen facility available but need to inform them in advance.
7. Outside food not allowed. Must be eco-friendly and must not have any plastics. Kudumbasree is offering breakfast and lunch in eco-friendly banana leafs is advised.
8. Two KSRTC buses from Pathanamthitta to Kumily , and Kumily to Pathanamthitta are in operational. One round trip starting from 6.30 am at Pathanamthitta, and same time from Kumily.
9. Must be careful about Leech. Shoe recommended. Keep little salt if needed.
10. Multiple check posts, and must enter your details in respective check posts.
What you enjoy
  • Drive to Gavi is the main attraction.
  • Different Dams
  • Boating
  • Sighting some wild animals (if you are lucky)
  • Leech Bite if you are lucky
  • Calm cool greenery and fresh air.
These dams are part of Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), and generating a major role of electricity for Kerala. Water is transferred from kakki Dam to Moozhiyar Dam in penstock pipes, almost 25Kms, of which 5Kms through underground Tunnel.
 
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GREEN MANSION
Green Mansion, aptly named is a mansion in the lap of nature bounteously blessed with greenery has 9 rooms ranging from 2 bed to 6 beds. From the Green Mansion, one can savor the spectacular view of the Gavi Lake and the adjoining forests. After Registration at Gavi go for a relaxing row boat ride and then proceed for a visit to the cardamom plantation and inhale aromatic whiffs of cardamom and then to the curing house. Sabarimala viewpoint is the next spot in the itinerary, the scenic beauty spot to capture the panoramic view of the Sabarimala hills and the pilgrim spot. Return to the Green Mansion for night stay. Sleep in the serenity of the woods away from the fast life of the city. Wake up early for a Vehicle safari through the forest for 2 1/2 hours to catch a glimpse of wildlife and exotic birds. After the safari has a delicious breakfast and goes for the trekking through safe trek paths in the jungle. After the vegetarian lunch checkout from Gavi.
Green Mansion is at Gavi, near Gaviyar Dam. As in the URL mentioned in the first thread, State tourism is offering different packages, including guided Trekking. Kindly follow the guidelines of those forest trained Guides. Recently, a member of a team killed by wild elephant on their trekking.
September to February is the most suitable time to visit Gavi. June to September is Monsoon time, and can enjoy Gavi during Monsoon.
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Boating at Pamba Dam.
Boating services are available at this check dam. 50rs per person. Very responsive and cooperative staffs.
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