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Gavi, Pathanamthitta



Gavi is inside the Ranni reserve forest. Gavi is a part of Seethathode Panchayath in Ranni Taluk. Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger reserve, and the route can be covered by car from Vandiperiyar. The entrance fee is 25 rupees per person and 50 rupees per vehicle. Cameras are 25 rupees and video cameras are charged 100 rupees. Both day and night stays are available. Forest tent camping is available from November through March.. It has been said that most enjoyable route to Gavi is the way from Pathanamthitta. The rough journey to Gavi may better be made on a sturdy vehicle like jeep which are available on hire either from Vandiperiyar or from Kumily. Entry passes must be obtained from the Forest Check Post en route at Vallakkadavu. Advance booking with the Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd. is highly appreciable wherein such formalities will be taken care of by the Company itself.


Botanists have confirmed that "Gopher Trees" can be seen in Gavi, Kerala. Gavi's forest area, there are two Gopher trees and they are believed to be the only two gopher trees in India. The tree, which is identified as 'gopher', is known as 'Nirampalli'. Gopher wood or gopherwood is a term used once in the Bible.
The tree standing at Gavi forest is of robust stem and lush foliage. According to state Forest Department officials, though the fully-grown gopher in Gavi is the only such tree sighted in the periphery of the jungle, possibly there could be more such trees still surviving in the inner forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Kerala.



How to Reach? 

Air

Trivandrum [TRV] (185 km) 
Cochin [COK] (190 km)and
 Madurai [IXM] (195 km) are the nearest airports.

Rail

The nearest railway stations is Chengannur Railway Station.
(115 km through keekozhoor- mannamaruthi-koottickal-azhutha-vandiperiyar-gavi) and Thiruvalla (120 km) and Theni(99 km) under BG conversion

Road

Gavi is situated around 180km from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Popular route is through the Main Central Road(MC Road) till Valakom, and then to PathanapuramKonniSeethathode, Angamoozhy to Gavi.
Other routes from Gavi are as below: -Perunad- Chittar - Seethathodu - Angamoozhy - Moozhiyar - Kakki Reservoir - Anathode Dam - Pamba Reservoir - Kochu Pamba - Gavi - Pachakanam - Periyar National Park - Kozhikanam - Vandiperiyar
There is a demand for another road connecting Gavi with Chalakayam near Sabarimala. - Chalakayam - Kochu Pamba - Gavi
Regular buses are available to Vandiperiyar from Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram. A small bus rattles even up to Gavi from Vandiperiyar. KSRTC service is available both from Kumaly and Pathanamthitta (Pathanamthitta-Perunad-Muzhiyar-Kakki-Gavi-Kumily bus route from chengannur-pathanamthitta-Perunad-Muzhiyar-Kakki-Gavi(direct buses not available) KSRTC is operating an Ordinary Bus from Pathanamthitta to Kumali via Gavi and vice versa.  
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