Tourist Destinations

GAVI

GAVI ECO-TOURISM

Gavi is a beautiful tourist destination, inside the ranni reserve forest in Pathanamthitta district. It is part of the Periyar Tiger reserve and situated 28 km south west of Vandiperiyar and about 3400 ft above the sea level. These evergreen forest has emerged the most famous wildlife, adventure and eco-tourism destinations of Kerala. It often serves as a base camp for birdwatchers, deep jungle trekkers and nature lovers. Gavi Eco Tourism is a project of the KFDC (Kerala Forest Development Corporation) and all the facilities to the tourists are providing by them . The main attraction of Gavi Eco-Tourism project is the thick forest with the wide variety of flora and fauna. You can see a number of dams on the way to Gavi from Pathanamthitta, they are Seethathodu, Mooziyar, Kochu pamba and Gavi dams. The forest are abundant with wildlife including elephants, Indian gaur, leopards, tigers, bears, barking and mouse deers, Nilgiri Tahrs, lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri marten and other varieties of monkeys. This place is a heaven for birdwatchers. There are more than 300 varieties of birds including the great Indian hornbills, woodpeckers, sunbirds, dongos, kingfishers and myriads of mynas, cuckoos and bulbuls. Here also having different variety of plant species and butterflies.

KUMILY

A very pleasant and warm town, nestled between cardamom hills, Kumily is an interesting tourist destination in Idukki district. Enveloped by tea and spice plantations, this town is a must-visit to understand the rural lifestyle of the region. Tourists can enjoy typical Kerala cuisine also in this town.

MANGALA DEVI TEMPLE

An ancient temple (almost 2000 years old) designed in Pandian style of architecture, this temple is dedicated to Devi Kannagi or Mangala and is at a distance of about 15 km from Thekkady. Situated on the top of a cliff and surrounded by trees, this temple is visited by many pilgrims. Please note that it is necessary to get permission from the wildlife authorities in Thekkady to visit the area.

VANDANMEDU

This town is very popular as an auction center for cardamom spice. The whole town is filled with plantations of cardamom. The aroma of cardamom in the air of this town is exhilarating. Guided tours are available for those who are interested in learning about cardamom cultivation in detail.

PULLUMEDU

Pullumedu or ‘green meadows’, is a small charming town situated on the banks of the Periyar River. As the name suggests this place is filled with scenic green canopy. This is a good spot to go for picnic and relax in peace. The famous Shabarimala Ayyappa temple can be viewed from here. Prior permission from the forest officials is required to visit this place.