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  • AnneliH
    Bedford, United Kingdom107 contributions
    Wildlife jeep safari to Gavi - great for kids
    We arrived in Thekkady with 3 kids under 12 and were disappointed that they could not take part in any activities other than a bullock cart ride. This wasn’t made clear in the original booking. But fear not... we booked onto a jeep safari to Gavi and got a three in one experience. Ok it’s an hour’s journey from Thekkady with an early start but the kids loved the off road jeep experience. Once we arrived at the reserve, they had their heads out of the root, looking at the monkeys, squirrels and birds of prey. There was a hot breakfast once we got to the forest centre. We then did the 3 hour bushwalk through the forest with a guide - the kids loved it despite the heat. Not much wildlife by then but a nice walk with stunning views. Full curry lunch included. We then had a boat trip across the lake fished by a dip in the waterfalls. We got all activities and meals included for the same price as one trip in Periyar so much better value for money. One thing we wished we had done was stay overnight in the reserve - the accommodation is basic but that way you wake up in the bush and have greater chance of seeing elephants and other wildlife.
    Visited December 2019
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 January 2020
  • Petra M
    3 contributions
    Nice place
    Even if we did not spot elephants, we spent an enjoyable family day in Gavi. During rainy season it s presumably more likely to see elephants. We took morning bus from Kumily (5.30 am from Kumily bus station, 66 rupees). The journey there was not exactly comfy, the road is curvy and kids were a bit unwell. But the road seems to be new, i m not sure if it would be much better with an off-road vehicle. In gavi we bought the package : breakfast, trekking, lunch, boating and waterfall, coffee. Our guide Kumar was super sweet and tailored the programme for us - we even had a nice little swim in the lake. Bus back to Kumily was leaving at 4.30 pm, so we had some time left to just hang out near the lake, when other visitors had already left. The bus journey back was also a bit adventurous, but very scenic. Driver stopped a few times to watch animals we met ( gaur, black monkeys).
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 February 2023
  • Shine Mathew
    Alappuzha District, India1 contribution
    More of route and less of Gavi itself
    We had the trip to Gavi during a very rainy day of Spetember. The roads are fine and you can take even a small car without fear of hitting the underbody. You need to get an online pass and show it at the entrance. Since there are no hotels inside, we had booked lunch from a person at the entrance checkpost (Thulasi - 9744875970). The lunch was good, packed in banana leaf as typical kerala lunch. Make sure you get food or else it will be too hectic. The route is good with lots of greenery and waterfalls and people would enjoy the long drive through the forest with almost no other traffic. My only gripe is that once you reach the destination there is nothing much to do unless you have a package which is very expensive (rs 1650 per person)and needs to be booked beforehand. So you reach Gavi and other than a small dam, which is infact much less majestic than the Kakki dam on the way, you feel like the whole drive was for nothing but the drive itself. So Gavi is the long journey through the forest and not the end destination.
    Visited September 2021
    Written 7 September 2021
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Petra M
3 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Even if we did not spot elephants, we spent an enjoyable family day in Gavi. During rainy season it s presumably more likely to see elephants. We took morning bus from Kumily (5.30 am from Kumily bus station, 66 rupees). The journey there was not exactly comfy, the road is curvy and kids were a bit unwell. But the road seems to be new, i m not sure if it would be much better with an off-road vehicle. In gavi we bought the package : breakfast, trekking, lunch, boating and waterfall, coffee. Our guide Kumar was super sweet and tailored the programme for us - we even had a nice little swim in the lake. Bus back to Kumily was leaving at 4.30 pm, so we had some time left to just hang out near the lake, when other visitors had already left. The bus journey back was also a bit adventurous, but very scenic. Driver stopped a few times to watch animals we met ( gaur, black monkeys).
Written 18 February 2023
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phil v
Essex, UK718 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
We booked this trip through tourist information office
We were picked up at 5.15 am and traveled to the reserve, at arrival We had to pay more money to get in.
The jeep took us through the reserve, we saw two monkeys and
1 bison we got to the centre at 7.50 am where we had to check in.
We was told to go to the restaurant for breakfast there was no where to get any thing to drink only water from a water dispenser, we chose not to drink from this as we have seen these plastic containers being filled up from stand pipes so thought best thing to do is give it a miss.
Breakfast was not ready till 9.30am and to be honest it was terrible it was all Luke warm despite just being made. The tea and coffee came out which was very welcome.
After breakfast we were introduced to our guide he then took us on a rowing boat and he rowed around a lake for about half an hour. We never saw anything only a couple of birds.
He then took us to there so called museum very small it had a few skulls in there and an elephant skeleton.
He then took us on a hike, the views were nice but not amazing, I had to cut the hiking short only done 10 minutes as it was to steep for me.
My partner carried on with the guide.
I went back to the so called restaurant and waited for her return which was about half an hour.
So the time now was 11.50 am still nowhere to get a drink.
We waited for dinner which was at 12.30 most people had left the reserve by now. The dinner was barely Luke warm, so that was no dinner for us there was no drinks to be had only water, I asked if I could have tea or coffee and was told no that would be at tea time about 4.30.
I asked what do we do now and was told there is nothing to do only wait till tea time, so they wanted us to wait approximately 4 hours doing nothing for tea, all the guides had gone home and the kitchen staff had packed up and were waiting for their bus home. So even in the unlikely event that we waited there would have been no staff or guides.
There was just 4 couples left who were all complaining about the trip. We went to check in and asked to see someone regarding refund but all of a sudden no one understood English, luckily one of the couples was indian and they were just told the manager is in meeting somewhere else and couldn't be contacted and didn't know when he could be.
So we left and asked our driver to take us to the office where we had booked.
On arriving at office at about 2.50pm I complained about the trip and the jeep driver backed me up, the guy asked us to Wright a short statement about trip so he could submit.
He said he had no money in the office to give me. So he said he would sort it.
he took a photo of my credit card and all my details as we were leaving next day.
But surprise surprise I have heard nothing, I have tried emailing them several times but have not even had an acknowledgement.
This trip cost us about £78 and in mine and the other couples opinion was a complete waste of money.
I feel really sad that these people have to rip people off to get by.
Written 31 January 2023
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Anand M
Kochi (Cochin), India2 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
Entry into Gavi starts at Angamoozhy check post, from where you have to enter before 11 am. The drive through the forest is an exhilarating experience that lasts for around 5-6 hours, all the way to the Vandiperiyar checkpost. There’s nothing in particular to do at Gavi unless you book for for packages provided by KFDC beforehand, and will consist of plantation visits, jungle safari, etc. If they had some activities that can be provided on-arrival, I would have given a five star rating (I really wish I could do the Jungle safari). There are also a number of views, plant and animal wildlife whilst on the way to Gavi. Overall a great experience!
Written 17 September 2021
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Shine Mathew
Alappuzha District, India1 contribution
Sep 2021
We had the trip to Gavi during a very rainy day of Spetember. The roads are fine and you can take even a small car without fear of hitting the underbody. You need to get an online pass and show it at the entrance. Since there are no hotels inside, we had booked lunch from a person at the entrance checkpost (Thulasi - 9744875970). The lunch was good, packed in banana leaf as typical kerala lunch. Make sure you get food or else it will be too hectic. The route is good with lots of greenery and waterfalls and people would enjoy the long drive through the forest with almost no other traffic. My only gripe is that once you reach the destination there is nothing much to do unless you have a package which is very expensive (rs 1650 per person)and needs to be booked beforehand. So you reach Gavi and other than a small dam, which is infact much less majestic than the Kakki dam on the way, you feel like the whole drive was for nothing but the drive itself. So Gavi is the long journey through the forest and not the end destination.
Written 7 September 2021
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Kp_acrosstheglobe
Bengaluru, India39 contributions
Oct 2020
We started our journey to Gavi from Angamoozhy forest checkpost . Staff are very friendly and supportive. They even arranged home cooked meals. Shops / restaurants not available once you enter the forest area due to Covid. There are multiple hydroelectric power stations , dams  on the way. Few of us were very lucky to spot a leopard and others saw monitor lizards , wild buffaloes on the route. Gavi is an experience for true nature lovers  .
Written 30 October 2020
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Sumith D
Ernakulam, India736 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Had big expectations as have been seeing a lot of photos and especially after Gavi became famous after it got featured in a malayalam movie. I think the Rainy season would be much better. Summer has started so it was very dusty and dry all around. The road were also bad intermittently. Had a lot of anticipation and had booked my entrance ticket online many days before. But we did not see even one animal. Will like to go back when it rains. But if they do not repair the roads it will not be easy even in the rains.
Written 2 March 2020
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Viveksanju
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates11 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Travelled by KSRTC bus from pathanamthitta to kumily.excellent trip through forest.6 dams on the way.can see wild animals.
Written 29 January 2020
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AnneliH
Bedford, UK107 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We arrived in Thekkady with 3 kids under 12 and were disappointed that they could not take part in any activities other than a bullock cart ride. This wasn’t made clear in the original booking. But fear not... we booked onto a jeep safari to Gavi and got a three in one experience.

Ok it’s an hour’s journey from Thekkady with an early start but the kids loved the off road jeep experience. Once we arrived at the reserve, they had their heads out of the root, looking at the monkeys, squirrels and birds of prey. There was a hot breakfast once we got to the forest centre. We then did the 3 hour bushwalk through the forest with a guide - the kids loved it despite the heat. Not much wildlife by then but a nice walk with stunning views. Full curry lunch included. We then had a boat trip across the lake fished by a dip in the waterfalls. We got all activities and meals included for the same price as one trip in Periyar so much better value for money.

One thing we wished we had done was stay overnight in the reserve - the accommodation is basic but that way you wake up in the bush and have greater chance of seeing elephants and other wildlife.
Written 5 January 2020
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Ian
7 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
My family and I booked up a day trip to Gavi National Park. Before you go you will be offered a magnitude of different options for Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi and others. We opted for the day jeep safari. Prices varied significantly.
Worth shopping around.
We paid 2800 Rps for a jeep for the day. It was a larger jeep than the four of us required, but it was private and spacious. The jeep safari itself is more of a jeep taxi that drops you off in the park. We had to pay 500 Rps per adult for entry to the park itself. Plus 80 Rps for the jeep entrance. Our two children were free. 5 and 8 years old. (I think we should have paid half price for the 8 yr old so this was a plus). You pay this at a small house/shack before you get to the main KFDC ticket office/lake. Then we paid a further 2363 Rps for breakfast and lunch (buffet style) for two adults and half price for our 8 year old. 5 year old did not have to pay. This was very expensive for what we ate. It was ok food but prices were very steep. We then also paid 1785 Rps for the guide/trekking. Again reasonably expensive. For this we had a guide and about a one and a half hour trek. He was good, but sadly we did not see any elephants. After the walk we took a small rowing boat and same guide took us to a small waterfall. This was pleasant, nothing too amazing. Then back to the main office and our jeep returned us home. All in all an ok day but nothing wildly special. Quite expensive if on a budget. I wrote to KFDC to find out if we could have opted for the trekking and entrance only skipping the breakfast and lunch. At this point after a week of waiting I have still not had an answer to that question. It would have been a lot cheaper if we brought our own food and I do feel somewhat this was a bit of a scam. Worth asking before you go if you can opt out of the food if you so wish. I cannot see why you could not. Attached are my receipts. This is the only reason I noticed the high food prices otherwise I would have been none the wiser. Last tip when booking ask the operator to break down the costs. Try and avoid a bundled price as I gurantee it will be more expensive with hidden costs. Hope this helps!
Written 5 December 2019
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Madhur441
Mundra, India147 contributions
Oct 2019
Good time to visit this place is just after monsoon. This area is fully covered with big trees. Nice place for picnic. We have took many beautiful pictures here.
Written 22 October 2019
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