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Review of Gavi Forest

Gavi Forest
Ranked #5 of 36 things to do in Thekkady
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed June 5, 2014

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.

5  Thank Sue T
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

This has boating,water falls and thick forest.Nice people,government run,very cordial.
One can go through the thick forest in jeep. Certainly breath taking views be seen. Another advantage,one can visit other places like vagamon,Idukki etc.Good food and rooms. Off course not a star hotel. But very comfortable. A must place to see

2  Thank PSR2010
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Reviewed May 2, 2014

I started from Trivandrum (Kerala) at 4 AM and reached Angamoozhy town at 7.15 Am. Find out the forest range office and got a token (no. 8) for entry pass, my travel day was a Saturday (all Saturday, Sunday and public holidays they will permit 30 nos of vehicle to Gavi other days only 10 Nos.) 8.30 Am they issued entry pass Rs.30 per person. Then we drive to Angamoozhy check post it is 1.5 Km far from town. Started the drive to Gavi began.. Thick forest, Dams, Birds, Some Animals etc with too bad road of 50 Km with pieces of tar road and small rocks. Before Gavi the police/forest people will write our information in 4 places. One check post will collect the vehicle entrance fee(Rs.50 for car) and Rs.25 for camera.1.30 Pm we reached Gavi town. We take Lunch from a small hotel at Gavi. after lunch we continued our journey to vandiperiyar and reached at 4 Pm. vehicles which is entered from Angamoozhy will exit only through vallekadav check post to vandiperiyar and stayed in Kumily for Thekkady.

11  Thank Renjithdas
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Traveled to this forest arranged by the Forest Department. Very nicely arranged by the Department. Well maintained and very good guides. They takes through the forest for exciting trek for 3 hours and Boating. Enjoyed the fresh air. Vegetarian breakfast and Lunch is provided. Overall had been a lovely experience.

5  Thank ErodeRadhakrish
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

We planned on a day package at the Gavi forest. Now the new rule is they will not allow more than 100 people on any given day inside Gavi forest. Getting the day pass was a tedious process. I tried to secure one from Trivandrum, but was told the day package pass can be got only from Vandiperiyar near Gavi. That too I have to secure the pass on the previous day of my trip. The day package is Rs. 1000 per head and includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Evening tea. Food is vegetarian, but Breakfast includes Egg as well. Food was good and filling. The package also includes a guided trek for 3 hours into the forest area and back. In the afternoon you can go boating in the Gavi lake. As forest dept do not want to pollute the lake all boats are row boats, but then again the guide rows the boat for you.
We opted out of the trek as requested for a jeep drive through the forest as we wanted to take some photos of animals. As it was the onset of summer they guide told us it best to stay overnight as animal sighting can be made early in the morning or late in the evening. We plan to go back and stay the night in forest tents in December. The animals we were able to spot were Lion tailed Macaque, Barking deer and the Malabar squirrel
Thinks I did not like. Had to travel 230 kms th previous day to get the day pass. For overnight stay online booking is available. Its a smoking free zone, yet nobody stops foreigners and other people from smoking. Jeep safari was not included in the package only when I inquired they informed that yes there is an option but you need to pay extra. Additional cost for entering the forest area Rs. 25 per head and Rs. 50 for car as of March 2, 2014. Can't wait to spend the night in December

4  Thank joshcharly
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