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Stop At: Gavi Forest, Thekkady India
In that wild nature, is the spring of wonder”
If the above lines echo loud, it would be in the forests of the western Ghats. Wooded thickets, lush foliage, vivid flora, diverse fauna make it nature and wildlife enthusiast’s haven. Capturing a unique snapshot of these ghats are the forests of Gavi, a popular eco-tourist attraction in the Periyar Tiger reserve, in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district. Experience the wild and wilderness of Gavi forests as you take to this full day Jeep safari and discover the wildest spirit of adventure in this ride.
The meeting point of the 12-hour safari will be Gavi gate resting place and you will be picked up from your stay in Thekkady to reach the venue by 5:30 am. With a guide and a driver to lead you on this trail of adventure, watch the sun rise, the shafts of light piercing through the mists slowly lifting cover. You will be on-road winding past tea plantations, tropical forests, grasslands, cardamom plantations, gurgling waterfalls as you go deep into the forests of Gavi. A halt at Gavi dam followed by breakfast and a boating in the Gavi river would keep you kicked in with the fresh breather. A bit of off-roading stretch will thrill you to the bump and bounce, in the open jeep. Not to mention the lash of the wind against your face would send that tingle of excitement to make you experience the spirit of the wild.
The drive will take you through Gavi village, Kochumba etc and a breakfast halt en route will keep you on high octane to match the spirit of your vehicle all raring to wade through the thickets. You will come by some rare species of flora that would be worth numerous snapshots from different angles. Competing them with them would be the exotic species birds like pied hornbill, woodpecker, kingfisher and endangered species of animals like Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed Macaque. With around 25 km of trekking trails in and around Gavi, you can get on foot for an up, close and personal encounter with the wild. You will enjoy an opportunity of some rare wildlife sightings and at the same time discern the ecosystem held in a delicate balance that makes the region a biodiversity hotspot.
A peek into the raw and wild of nature in this jungle safari would leave you exhilarated, enthused and inspired too…for the beauty that abounds in the forests of Gavi, and the lushness that surrounds, you would want to preserve every bit of it and do your part to sustain a future worth living for!
Duration: 5 hours