In a simple sentence GAVI can be described as , totality of various species of animals, plants, microbs inhabiting in an ecosystem.
Gavi is a beautiful forest heaven spreads along the banks of periyar river. it is a part of pathanamthtta district at a height of 3400 ft.It is an evergreen forest with rich flora and fauna. Various categories of wildlife including elephants, tiger, leopards,gaur, bears,deers,sambar, monkeys etc can be seen here. An endemic species of Gymnosperm namely Nageia Wallichinia seen only here. if you are a bird watcher, Gavi offers 300 different varieties of birds, including sunbirds, hornbills, woodpeckers, myriads,kingfisher, cuckoos, dongos etc.
Climate in GAVI
SUMMER- February to March, during summer temperature may reach 28 C
WINTER-october to january
Monsoon-June to september
* Bird watching
* Wildlife watching
* Stay in tree huts
* forest journey
*Sabarimala temple view
* Boating in the Gavi and kochupampa lakes
* Trip to cardamom factory
GAVI ECOTOURISM PROJECT
For the growth of tourism in Gavi, kerla forest development corporation implemented a new project known as GAVI Ecotourism project.After the first phase of project ,the tourism department observed a big hike in number of tourists . Thousands of tourists are reaching Gavi every year, most of them are either nature lovers or adventure tourists. The big advantage of gavi ecoproject is local support. LOcal peoples involving the activities likes cooking , gardening ,guiding etc.
How to reach GAVI ?
Gavi is about 28 km away from Vandiperiyar , a small town in N H 220(Kollam -Madurai).For enjoying the real beuty of Gavi , you have to cover a lot of forest paths so that the best vehicle is jeep.You should obtained the entry passes from the forest check post, located at Vallakadavu.The better choice is advance booking with KFDC, kerala forest development corporation ltd.
Nearest airport is trivandrom international airport about 195 km away .Nearest railway station is at kottayam about 120 km away
Buses are frequenly avilable from kochi and thiruvanthapuram
Parumala church is one of the major pilgrim spot for Christian belongs to orthodox category. The pilgrimage centre parumala is located in pathanamthitta district in kerala. The church is about 10 km away from Thiruvalla town.
The annual festival in this church is known as Ormaperunnal which means ‘commemoration day’ . it is a festival of commemoration of “ Mar Gregorios Metropolitan” . it is celebrated in November 1 & 2 every year.
Geographically parumala is a small island in pampa river. Parumala thirumeni (saint gregorios ) was the first declared saint of malankara orthodox. He was passed away on November 1902.
The world famous ayyappa temple at sabarimala opens for its monthly rituals. The five day ritual starts on 15 th may , Sunday. Usually , these rituals are held in Edavom, Malayalam month. Ezhikokde sasi namboothri , the head priest opened the temple on Saturday , may 14. Thousands of Ayyappa followers waiting for their Darshan. Kandararu Rajeevaru , the chief priest in sabarimala , will begin the Edavom ritual by doing Ganapathi homom. The regula puja’s such as padipuja, sahashabhishekam, udayasthamaya puja, pushpabhishekam etc. A special puja, Laksharchana will do on may 16 and 18.
Omalloor temple located in pathanamthitta district of kerala. The temple is dedicated to Sree Raktakanta swami . The kodiyettum ceremony of annual festival on may 13 , Friday . The temple rituals starts with Ganapathi homom. The Arat procession , will take place all ten days , during the festival. About 30 elephants will participate in Arat procession. The festival ends on may 22 .
Gavi , a beautiful place is kerala best known for ecotourism. It is located in pathanamthitta , a district of kerala. The prime attractions in gavi are ponds and pamba biological garden, moozhiayar and seethathodu dams . the facilities are provided by kerala forest department . As said early , gavi has dense forest with rich flora and fauna. Another attractions are boating , trekking , night safaris etc.
How to reach Gavi ?
Gavi is located about 100 km away from pathanamthitta town. Bus services are available frequently. Tivandrom internation airport is about 250 km and kochi international airport is about 200 km away.