Periyar Exploration - Gavi Trip
Gavi is a quiet and pristine forest located at a distance of 40 km from Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is located at the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta district at 3400 ft.
These evergreen forests are home to wildlife including the tiger, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, barking & mouse deers, lion tailed macaque, other varieties of monkeys, Nilgiri Marten and a lot more.
For the nature explorers, Gavi offers a complete acquaintance with the flora around including Nageia Wallichinia (Podocarpus Wallichinia), a highly endemic species of the Gymnosperm family seen only around Gavi in the whole Western Ghats.
For bird lovers, the forests around Gavi are home to over 320 species of birds –the great Indian hornbills, sunbirds, woodpeckers, kingfishers and myriads of mynas, dongos, cuckoos and bulbuls.
Gavi often serves as a base camp for deep jungle trekkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers and research student.
There are number of eco-tourism related activities that are conducted by the forest authorities around Gavi area and are popular with tourists.