Gavi Forest

Gavi Forest, Thekkady: Address, Phone Number, Gavi Forest Reviews: 4/5

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Anand M
Kochi (Cochin), India2 contributions
Great drive through the forest
Sep 2021 • Family
Entry into Gavi starts at Angamoozhy check post, from where you have to enter before 11 am. The drive through the forest is an exhilarating experience that lasts for around 5-6 hours, all the way to the Vandiperiyar checkpost. There’s nothing in particular to do at Gavi unless you book for for packages provided by KFDC beforehand, and will consist of plantation visits, jungle safari, etc. If they had some activities that can be provided on-arrival, I would have given a five star rating (I really wish I could do the Jungle safari). There are also a number of views, plant and animal wildlife whilst on the way to Gavi. Overall a great experience!
Written 17 September 2021
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Shine Mathew
Alappuzha District, India1 contribution
More of route and less of Gavi itself
Sep 2021
We had the trip to Gavi during a very rainy day of Spetember. The roads are fine and you can take even a small car without fear of hitting the underbody. You need to get an online pass and show it at the entrance. Since there are no hotels inside, we had booked lunch from a person at the entrance checkpost (Thulasi - 9744875970). The lunch was good, packed in banana leaf as typical kerala lunch. Make sure you get food or else it will be too hectic. The route is good with lots of greenery and waterfalls and people would enjoy the long drive through the forest with almost no other traffic. My only gripe is that once you reach the destination there is nothing much to do unless you have a package which is very expensive (rs 1650 per person)and needs to be booked beforehand. So you reach Gavi and other than a small dam, which is infact much less majestic than the Kakki dam on the way, you feel like the whole drive was for nothing but the drive itself. So Gavi is the long journey through the forest and not the end destination.
Written 7 September 2021
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Kp_acrosstheglobe
Bengaluru, India39 contributions
Family trip to Gavi during Covid
Oct 2020
We started our journey to Gavi from Angamoozhy forest checkpost . Staff are very friendly and supportive. They even arranged home cooked meals. Shops / restaurants not available once you enter the forest area due to Covid. There are multiple hydroelectric power stations , dams  on the way. Few of us were very lucky to spot a leopard and others saw monitor lizards , wild buffaloes on the route. Gavi is an experience for true nature lovers  .
Written 30 October 2020
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Sumith D
Ernakulam, India634 contributions
Disappointment.
Feb 2020 • Family
Had big expectations as have been seeing a lot of photos and especially after Gavi became famous after it got featured in a malayalam movie. I think the Rainy season would be much better. Summer has started so it was very dusty and dry all around. The road were also bad intermittently. Had a lot of anticipation and had booked my entrance ticket online many days before. But we did not see even one animal. Will like to go back when it rains. But if they do not repair the roads it will not be easy even in the rains.
Written 2 March 2020
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Viveksanju
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates11 contributions
Excellent
Jan 2020 • Solo
Travelled by KSRTC bus from pathanamthitta to kumily.excellent trip through forest.6 dams on the way.can see wild animals.
Written 29 January 2020
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AnneliH
Bedford, UK92 contributions
Wildlife jeep safari to Gavi - great for kids
Dec 2019 • Family
We arrived in Thekkady with 3 kids under 12 and were disappointed that they could not take part in any activities other than a bullock cart ride. This wasn’t made clear in the original booking. But fear not... we booked onto a jeep safari to Gavi and got a three in one experience.

Ok it’s an hour’s journey from Thekkady with an early start but the kids loved the off road jeep experience. Once we arrived at the reserve, they had their heads out of the root, looking at the monkeys, squirrels and birds of prey. There was a hot breakfast once we got to the forest centre. We then did the 3 hour bushwalk through the forest with a guide - the kids loved it despite the heat. Not much wildlife by then but a nice walk with stunning views. Full curry lunch included. We then had a boat trip across the lake fished by a dip in the waterfalls. We got all activities and meals included for the same price as one trip in Periyar so much better value for money.

One thing we wished we had done was stay overnight in the reserve - the accommodation is basic but that way you wake up in the bush and have greater chance of seeing elephants and other wildlife.
Written 5 January 2020
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Ian
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KFDC Gavi National Park Vist plus Trekking
Dec 2019 • Family
My family and I booked up a day trip to Gavi National Park. Before you go you will be offered a magnitude of different options for Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi and others. We opted for the day jeep safari. Prices varied significantly.
Worth shopping around.
We paid 2800 Rps for a jeep for the day. It was a larger jeep than the four of us required, but it was private and spacious. The jeep safari itself is more of a jeep taxi that drops you off in the park. We had to pay 500 Rps per adult for entry to the park itself. Plus 80 Rps for the jeep entrance. Our two children were free. 5 and 8 years old. (I think we should have paid half price for the 8 yr old so this was a plus). You pay this at a small house/shack before you get to the main KFDC ticket office/lake. Then we paid a further 2363 Rps for breakfast and lunch (buffet style) for two adults and half price for our 8 year old. 5 year old did not have to pay. This was very expensive for what we ate. It was ok food but prices were very steep. We then also paid 1785 Rps for the guide/trekking. Again reasonably expensive. For this we had a guide and about a one and a half hour trek. He was good, but sadly we did not see any elephants. After the walk we took a small rowing boat and same guide took us to a small waterfall. This was pleasant, nothing too amazing. Then back to the main office and our jeep returned us home. All in all an ok day but nothing wildly special. Quite expensive if on a budget. I wrote to KFDC to find out if we could have opted for the trekking and entrance only skipping the breakfast and lunch. At this point after a week of waiting I have still not had an answer to that question. It would have been a lot cheaper if we brought our own food and I do feel somewhat this was a bit of a scam. Worth asking before you go if you can opt out of the food if you so wish. I cannot see why you could not. Attached are my receipts. This is the only reason I noticed the high food prices otherwise I would have been none the wiser. Last tip when booking ask the operator to break down the costs. Try and avoid a bundled price as I gurantee it will be more expensive with hidden costs. Hope this helps!
Written 5 December 2019
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Madhur441
Mundra, India147 contributions
Attractive place
Oct 2019
Good time to visit this place is just after monsoon. This area is fully covered with big trees. Nice place for picnic. We have took many beautiful pictures here.
Written 22 October 2019
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Preets0204
Chennai (Madras), India89 contributions
Beauty at its best
Sep 2019 • Friends
I travelled to gavi with a group of acquaintances. 5 girls only trip. We reached madurai from Chennai and took a cab from madurai. It's about 180 KMS from madurai. One can also reach gavi from Kottayam station. Please obtain permit as you will be entering through tiger reserve. Private cars cabs are allowed. You will be instructed at the checkpoints regarding safety. Ground clearance of the vehicle must be approved. I don't know why it was mentioned as we saw autos inside the forest reserve. The whole journey from madurai to gavi was beautiful. You will see beautiful mountains, Water bodies pump set water flow etc. If you are fascinated, stop over to click some pics. From the moment you reach kumuly the mobile networks will disappear, only bsnl will be working. No wifi no data. One can forget the phone for few hours and enjoy nature. The road from kumuly yo gavi is around 25 KMS but the roads are really bad at few stretches. You will see some scenic views from the hills while driving. Do stop and take some great pics. We stayed at gavi eco-friendly resort. We paid 3900rs per head for the stay, guided sight seeing, trekking and 3 meals. We set off to boating to see the beautiful waterfalls. It's a beautiful refreshing cold water pouring from the hills. We owned the waterfalls for a while enjoying every bit. Bon fire was arranged after dinner. You will be instructed not to leave the tent after 9 pm due to elephants loitering. The next day we left early to visit elephants and gavi hill view. It's a beautiful place and if you are lucky you can spot tigers and elephants. We did trekking after lunch which was about 5 KMS and the view is simply good. You can see the sabarimala temple at a distance. The trek path is adventurous too. It's an upcoming tourist spot. One can cover gavi in a day or two.
Written 15 October 2019
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Kevin
Kochi (Cochin), India5 contributions
Gavi - A small forest paradise
Mar 2019 • Family
Gavi is not what you call a trekker's paradise. Because there are serious limitations on what part of the forest one can explore.. And unless an advance booking has been made with the KFDC, the trip will not be worth the pain to reach the place. And if all the bookings have been made then there are not many places to rival Gavi.. If you are visiting the place, stay there.. Spend the night in the forest camp. Experience life in the forest.. The sheer variety of trees and birds in itself is enough to leave even the staunchest of urban dwellers with a feeling of satisfaction. Here people coexist with animals. If you feel like you need to experience kerala, not visiting Gavi will always leave you with much to desire.
Written 9 October 2019
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