Blanketed by tea plantations, Gavi, near kumily in Idukki District, is a picturesque destination. A haven for bird watchers with more than 260 species of birds,Gavi has been devoleped into an exclusive ecotourism centre. Active involvement of tribals in its devolepmental activities make Gavi one of its kind in the country. The two-hour jeep ride to this quiet haven passes through tropical forests, sprawling grasslands and cardamom plantations. The Bamboo Grove in the middle of Anavachal in Gavi has eco-lodges and a centre for experiential learning. Trekking, bird watching and boating options are also made available.
Kerala Forest development Corporation provides tented accommodation and boating facilities.ph:0481-2581204.
Pathanamthitta:A hilly territory of pristine beauty, Pathanamthitta is popular as the headquarters of pilgrim worship in Kerala. Three rivers course through its rich terrains comprising natural divisions of the lowlands, the midlands and the highlands. Dotted with temples, rivers, mountain ranges, coconut groves, more than fifty percent of the total area of this region is covered by forests. Hailed as a heritage village, it attracts visitors from India and abroad for its spectacular water fiestas, religious shrines and cultural training centres. Pathanamthitta is also home to the unique Aranmula kannadi-metal mirrors that are painstakingly handcrafted and the Vaasthu Vidya Gurukulam, a heritage village which practices the ancient Indian school of architecture, vaasthu Vidya, in its purest form.
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AIR: Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram(119km)
RAIL: Nearest Railway Station: Chengannur (28km),Thiruvalla(30km)
ROAD:Pathanamthitta is well connected by an excellent network of roads to all major towns in Kerala.
TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES:
Tourist information office ph:0468-2326409
DTPC Office Ph:0468-2229952
Tourist Information Office
Department of Tourism, Thekkady
Summer: February-April, daytime temperatures up to 28 C. but can drop to 20 degree C at night.
Monsoon: June – August, daytime temperatures up to 25 C but can drop to 10 degree C at night