All in all we did enjoy our day in the Gavi reserve. The jeep drive up the hill to the lake was good ...and our driver really did try to find elephant for us. We did find out "we should have been here yesterday" as a mother with her baby startled visitors by charging through the jeeps as they parked on the side of the road. But unfortunately they did not show for us.
We arrived at the reservoir early morning and watched the mists rise from the water before being served a hearty breakfast of idly, accompaniments and chai. We opted for a 3 hour walk, that took us through (because of recent rains) leech infested forests, over bolder strewn streams and gentle lakeside paths. Visitors to Gavi are limited to 100 per day so you do get a sense of remoteness in the jungle path even though you can still hear the sounds of village life across the water. A tastly thali lunch was served and after we took a brief row boat ride across the water to the waterfall. Returning back mid afternoon we then walked to the top of the hill behind the Gavi Hotel to take in the views of the reserve.
On our way down to Kumily we did see 2 huge buffalo in the forest. These beasts are as large as the what remained to be our elusive female elephant.
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