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Old 24th September 2009, 10:13   #1
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Has anybody done any recent trips to GAVI ?, An Eco tourist place near Thekkady. I heard it is nice place to visit. I have a plan to visit Thekkady, Ramkkalmedu, Gavi. Please suggest the driving directions, and Road conditions in this area. I have 3 days and planned to stay in Kattappana on both days.

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Gavi, 28kms off VandiPeriyar.Vandiperiyar is a town on the Kottayam-Kumali Road and around 14kms before Kumali. Vandiperiyar to Gavi Road was bad, better have a Jeep or an SUV. The Road info is nearly one year old (and unlikely to be any better). You need to book and take a pass from the Gavi booking office in Thekkady, 0486923270 before you can go to Gavi from the Vandi Periyar side (If you take the Pathanamthitta Gavi route and you can make a payment at Gavi itself, but this make sense only if you are coming from south Kerala). They have a one day programme as well as a programme for over night stay.
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Have been making plans but none of them have materialised yet ! Take a look at this website too - :: Gavi Eco Tourism :: About Us
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I have done this trip. but had to avoid Gavi, due to bad weather. We were at Thekkadi at 30 sept. and am starting a new thread for that in the travelogue.
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we have finalized a trip to gavi on christmas - stay at the place and all. anyone else visited the place recently?
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Hi archangal,
have you done this trip? if yes how was it (road condition, journey and stay)?
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Spent coupe of days in Pachakanam which is just before Gavi. We stayed in a estate bungalow, did see some wild buffalo and monkeys.

The road was very good right from Vandiperiyar to Pachakanam but you need to be careful as it is narrow in most places.
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Spent a day at Gavi on 30th Jan. Beautiful place. Roads are very good via Vandiperiyar route. Route to Gavi via Pathanamthitta is closed to normal traffic for 3 months as a precaution against forest fires. Only the pathanamthitta - Gavi KSRTC bus and forest dept vehicles are allowed to pass through. So only approach to Gavi is via Vandiperiyar side.

Wild life spotting is not that great during this time, saw a small herd of elephants on a hill top during our trekking there. Wild life is said to be plenty along the forest reserve enroute to pathanamthitta, which unfortunately is closed now.

I may have a google kml file for the route if somebody is interested ..
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I started the thread last year, when I had a plan to visit Gavi. But unfortunately that didnt happen. So am planning again this year. What are the places we can visit in Gavi ? I am not planning for a stay there. As am coming from Thiruvalla, I will be taking the pathanamthitta - Gavi Route. and going back in the same day through the same route.

I have got a link from picasa, Any body intrested can visit
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with only a day at your disposal, you may not be able to do any thing other that the routine schedule at gavi.

but any way check PeerMade.info® | Nature & Environment| Photography & Media | Travel & Adventure| Computers & Technology | for other points of interest.

After you go, please comment on the pathanamthitta - gavi route.
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Old 7th January 2013, 10:55   #11
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Hai Folks,any updates on the road conditions and entry restrictions to Gavi. Also how is the Green mansion which seems to be the only stay option in Gavi.
Would love to have some updates to plan a weekend trip from BLR.
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I plan to visit Gavi. Is private cars allowed on Vandiperiyar-Gavi route? I may enter from Vandiperiyar side and exit through Erumely. Is it feasible in one day?

And most importantly, any latest updates on road conditions?
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Mod Note : Please use the EDIT or MULTI-QUOTE buttons instead of typing one post after another on the SAME THREAD! To know how to multi-quote, click here (How to MULTI-QUOTE (when replying to a thread) on Team-BHP).

Stayed in eco lodge gavi for four days in October. Brilliant place to stay. Very economical too. Just that the food menu keeps repeating itself.

Pictures up here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/shyamk/tags/gavi/


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Yes, private cars are allowed on that road, provided you book at the eco lodge. One cannot take private cars beyond Gavi. There is a forest checkpost beyond gavi where they will stop you. However, public buses ply on towards the sabarimala dam. There are jeep tours from gavi itself which can take you deep inside the woods.

Further, we opted for two night stay on the banks of the river in a tent. The highlight of the stay in that tent was the blood curling cry of the great indian hornbill during evenings.

Overall, I would strongly suggest a visit to gavi. There are bus loads of tourists who make a single day trip to that place. That is not worth the journey at all.

One should stay there for a day or two to experience the birds and the wildlife as they come out early in the morning, much before the tourist buses come in.

Shyam

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Thank you Shyam for the info. So one can't pass thru Gavi :( I thought it is possible to enter through Vandiperiyar side and exit through Angamuzhi side.
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