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MARCH 2012

Gavi Eco Tourism

To live in harmony with the quintessence of nature is something that we all crave for. If same is the case with you then don't hesitate to spare a few days at Gavi where nature is at its unadulterated best.

Listed as one of the must-see places in India and one among the leading eco-tourism centres by the renowned tourism major 'Alistair International' Gavi, a tranquil, beautiful and pristine forest is at the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta District at 3400 ft above MSL. The affluence of flora and fauna in Gavi makes it an extraordinary experience for tourists from all over the world. There are hills and valleys, tropical forests, sprawling grasslands, sholas, cascading waterfalls and cardamom plantations.

For deep jungle trekkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers, research students and the like Gavi often serves as a base camp. If you are seeking solitude then you can loiter in the tranquil environs of Gavi. Otherwise you can go canoeing in the placid waters of the lake or enjoy a breathtaking sunset. Valley View one of the viewpoints at Gavi, gives you a spectacular view of the deep ravine and the forest below.

None would like to miss a chance to see the endangered species like Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque that are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. The 320 species of birds makes Gavi a fairytale world for twitchers. Not just this you will be also welcomed by animals like tiger, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, Mouse deers, different species of monkeys and many more.

Kerala Forest Development Corporation has recently initiated Gavi Eco-Tourism, a project that has caught the attention of tourists, mostly from European countries. The project is designed in such a way as to cater to people with a quest for adventure eco-tourism. Currently Gavi Eco Tourism hosts memorable wildlife and Jungle experiences in the most remote and virgin areas.

The involvement of the local populace in the project as guides and cooks not only provides a livelihood for these people but it creates a sense of awareness among the people on conservation of nature. In order to maintain the beauty of the wilderness, visitors are usually provided vegetarian food and snacks, which further adds to the eco-friendly ambiance of the place. The project aims to reconnect the people with primeval nature.

For more details please contact
Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd.,
Gavi Via Vandiperiyar,
Kerala, India
Ph: +91 4869 223270, +91 481 2582640

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