Kerala’s Adavi-Gavi tourism circuit a haven for visitors
“the God’s Own Country” has been a major tourist attraction since time
immemorial for its palm-fringed beaches, Western Ghats hills, forests and
state has also included Konni in Pathanamthitta district in the tourism circuit
of the Central Tourism Department through ecotourism in Adavi in Thannithode Panchayat
departments of Forest and Tourism have launched many travel packages on the
my tiny native village, Thannithode, after a long time, recently, with family
members was a real experience beyond expression. My joy has increased in leaps
and bounds to know that the murky village, where I spent my childhood, is now
on the tourism map of India. The village and its surroundings, where people
from small towns of Kerala itself dare not to go even now, because of the fear
of wild elephants, has become a much sought-after destination for tourists from
within and abroad also.
to Forest Department sources, the Central Tourism Department has included the
Konni-Adavi-Gavi stretch in Kerala in the Tourism Circuit.
Elephant Camp at Konni had been identified as the eco-tourism hub in the region
and steps would be taken to provide better amenities there. The park at the
camp would be kept open from 8 am to 9 pm. A modern restaurant would be opened
jointly by these departments.
eco-tourism centre, located 13 km from Konni town in the deep forests, is fast
turning into an important tourist destination. An aggregate number of four lakh
tourists, including hundreds of foreigners, have already visited the flora and
fauna of the unique tourist centre. Located on the banks of the Kallar river,
the coracle or bowl boat (Kuttavanchi) ride introduced in the recent past along
the Mundommoozhy-Thannithode stretch of the river Kallar at Adavi has been
attracting tourists across the world in a big way.
a capacity to accommodate five people, including a child, the oarsmen of the
traditional craft will offer a 30-minute ride on the river. With the arrival of
13 additional bowl boats from Okkanakkal in Tamil Nadu, the total number of the
boats stood at 23.
the completion of the six tree-huts, built on tree branches at a cost of Rs 36
lakh by the public sector Bamboo Corporation by July 15, Adavi is all set to
attract more tourists.
the Forest department would be setting up a rehabilitation centre for elephants
in 160 hectares of forests on the banks of the Kallar. The centre, modelled on
the one at Pinnawala in Sri Lanka, would have a 5-km river frontage.
herbal garden, bamboo park, arboretum, elephant breeding places in natural
settings, honey bee park, and a butterfly park would be the other attractions
at the Adavi ecotourism centre.
people with the wild through such projects would be of great help in checking
anti-forest activities, the DFO said.
Eco-Tourism, a project of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation has caught
the attention of tourists, mostly from European countries. The project is
exclusive in many respects and the majority who visited was nature lovers and
adventure tourists. Over a short span of time visitors to Gavi gradually
increased, especially after 'Alistair International' the world acclaimed
tourism major listed it among the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the
must-see places in India.
a village in Pathanamthitta district of
Kerala, is located 28 km southwest of Vandiperiyar, on N.H 220, connecting
Kollam and Madurai, offers its visitor activities like trekking, wildlife
watching, outdoor camping in specially built tents, and night safaris.
road leading to the picturesque Gavi is blanketed by tea plantations, which
itself is a refreshing experience. En route to Gavi are places of interest like
Mundakayyam, Kuttikanam, Peermedu and Vandiperiyar from where the road deviates
you reach Gavi the serene eco-lodge 'Green Mansion' awaits you like a fairy to
embrace you in its protective fold. From the 'Green Mansion', one can savour
the spectacular view of the Gavi Lake and the adjoining forests. Besides the
accommodation provided in 'Green Mansion' visitors can also try out the tree
houses here and can even pitch tents amidst the wild. Here one can have outstanding
trekking experiences, which are overseen by trained local people. Those who
would love to be left alone can do so in the tranquil environs of Gavi or may
even go canoeing in the placid waters of the lake or enjoy a breathtaking
place is rich in flora and fauna. There are hills and valleys, tropical
forests, sprawling grasslands, sholas, cascading waterfalls and cardamom
plantations. Endangered species including the Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed
macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. With more than 260 species
of birds including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and kingfishers, Gavi
is a heaven for birdwatchers.
of the breathtaking viewpoints at Gavi like the Valley View offer spectacular
view of a deep ravine and the forest below. From Kochu Pampa, a point near
Green Mansion eco-lodge one can track the grazing Nilgiri Tahrs.
famous pilgrim destination, Sabarimala is a short trek from Gavi. For those
interested in observing the nocturnal wildlife, night safaris to Kullur, Gavi
Pullumedu, Kochu Pampa, Pachakanam provide ample opportunities for wildlife
unique feature of Gavi is camping in the forests. One can pitch a tent in the
camping site, which is a rarity in many Indian forests. As the dusk stretches
into the silence of the night, one can feel the presence of wildlife in the midst
of nowhere, an experience that cannot be explained in words. There are also
tree top houses where one can enjoy the avian life to the fullest.
involvement of tribals in Gavi makes it a unique venture of its kind in the
country. Traditional knowledge of the forest and its way of life helps Gavi to
sustain its surroundings in its original state.
is bound to cast its magical spell on every visitor and is surely a place that
should not be missed in one's lifetime. Gavi is pristine, and it belongs to the
wild, which is a reminder that visitors are responsible for their intentions
and actions, which will have a bearing on the upkeep of Gavi for a long time to
across the beauty of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is a quiet, beautiful and
pristine forest haven. It is at the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta
District at 3400 ft above MSL. These evergreen forests are abundant with magnificent
wildlife including tiger, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar,
barking & Mouse deers, lion tailed macaque, other varieties of
Kumarakom-bird Sanctuary monkeys, Nilgiri Marten and a lot more.
the nature explorers Gavi offers the 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
the bird-lover, 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-truly any birder’s dream.
sheer beauty of this place is indeed worth a closer look. Here is nature at its
unadulterated best. Gavi often serves as a base camp for deep jungle trekkers,
birdwatchers, nature lovers, research students and the like.
to Gavi can indulge in trekking, bird and animal watching and boating or
canoeing in the placid Kumarakom-bird Sanctuary waters of the Reservoir.
Trekking trails to Pullumedu Peak offers a panoramic view of the famed
Sabarimala shrine. Visitors can also take along a local guide and an
experienced 'elephant chaser' and then hike to Meenar, Chenthamara Kokka and
Valley View that gives a spectacular view of a deep ravine and the forest
below. Outdoor camping and night safaris are organised to Kullar, Gavi,
Pullumedu, Kochu Pampa, Pachakanam or Anathodu.