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What travellers are saying
- This guys are soo good...
Just wow moments there we have enjoyed..
Please go and must visit..you are not going to regret..Written 4 December 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Mr. Benny took such a pain to explain us so much about spices and medicinal properties. In the process we smell and taste. The place doesn't look commercial rather a educational hub. Highly rated for curious.Written 8 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Boat trip was enjoyable through the forest. We could see deers and Bisons from the boat. Very relaxing journey in the lake.Written 2 May 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Nice place to visit… gives u the feel of Kerela.. a bit expensive though but would still recommend especially for childrenWritten 4 December 2023
- Good national park with wild life intact. Elephants and Tiger can be spotted, if you are lucky.
Needs proper planning and online booking.
Recommended to stay in Park if you are jungle lover. It has good accommodation and restaurant and bar alsoWritten 21 December 2022
- We did the jungle night trek (10pm-1am) and the following day did the half day bamboo rafting which included a 1h30 trek towards the lake and then 1hr30 trek back after doing the bamboo rafting.
The jungle night trek was worth it mainly because we saw an elephant, porcupine, deer, monkeys, boars and an owl. It felt thrilling to be in the middle of the jungle walking around in pitch back. We had two rangers with us, each who carry a gun. They were very good at guiding us. The day trek the following day was good, we saw fresh tiger prints but no elephants this time around so we were thankful to have seen one the previous night. The guides this time were very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information with us. We each got given a tiffin (packed lunch) and ate that on a veranda before doing the bamboo rafting. The bamboo rafting itself was tranquil but I felt 45 minutes was more than enough. Don't think I could have done it for any longer. They give you leech socks for protection as there are many many leeches. The socks provide good protection and if you get worried, the rangers are very quick at removing them off your clothing if they get on there.
Do not go with the expectation of seeing tigers as it's very rare. Even the elephant sighting during our jungle night trek was based on luck.Written 11 November 2023
- Excellent explanation of the process. Very warm and friendly. Let's you taste pure honey right out of a honeycomb!
Must visit!Written 30 November 2023
- We watched both shows, the kalari arts and kathakali. Honestly, we haf low expectations as we didn't know what to expect. However, both the shows were quite exciting. The kalari show would race your heart as you watch the performers do their dangerous routines. The kathakali show wad unexpectedly funny in the first half. The later half was more of a story telling performance which is true of the art form. I believe, the show organizer have adapted the format to suit the casual, multi cultural audience that comes for the shows.
The venue itself is a bit traditional. Expect the company of your dear forest friends, the mosquitoes.
Overall, well worth the time and the moneyWritten 31 January 2020
- 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
- Be prepared for chaos at the ticket line before the park. Boat tour tickets (which you can buy online) and bus tickets are separate. You buy the bus ticket first, and then boat tickets at the dock within the park. There are plenty of boat tickets, even though people are rushing. There is a bit of waiting and crowds, and the monkeys will jump on you if you open your bag/have food. The people on the boat ride before us (1:30 session) came off unhappy and said it was boring (this was during the heat of the day when the animals are resting). I went on the 3:30 session and saw plenty of beautiful elephants, birds and deers. The guide told me that the first morning session is the best chance to see tigers. I went on the boat at the end of the dock, these ones seemed to have more western tourists, and life jackets were not compulsory. We seemed to have more space on the boat, and the guys working on the boat were wonderful, they even took my phone to get some great photos.
In summary, it’s chaotic and you’re not guaranteed to see anything (that’s nature for you), but if you get lucky, it’s so so worth it!
Tip: Take binoculars!!Written 13 February 2023
- Even thought we visited after the main harvest season, there were plenty of plants still available to look at.
Our guide was so wonderful and really knew her stuff.
We got to smell & taste a lot of different spices/ fruits.
Absolutely worth it!Written 4 April 2019
- The eco park at the view point was quite an experience! A visit is a must to this site. Not very far too.Written 12 May 2022
- good place to know about the spices, various medicinal trees & a tree house good for kids to enjoy. only thing we felt the oils & spices were a bit costlier but otherwise good place to be in.Written 29 October 2019
- Mangala Devi Temple is one of the famous temples in this zone. The architecture is a old one and lot of devotees visit this place.Written 28 September 2018
- Mullaperiyar Dam is spread across quite a large area. Nice place to relax in the cool breeze blowing across the waterbody.Written 28 September 2018
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