തേക്കടി മുതൽ ഗവി വരെ | Thekkady to Gavi Road Trip | Jeep Safari to Gavi | Gavi Tour Woodnote Resort

Today we are in Thekkady. But this video is not about Thekkady This is about a journey from Thekkady to Gavi We are starting early in the morning It is a little cold in Thekkady in the mornings Not little, it is somewhat cold only. Time is 5 in the morning I am with my family. All of us are there Kids got up early in the morning. You know for what? We are planning to go to Gavi. We have been thinking of this for a long time But our plans were disrupted many times Actually, I wanted a bike ride to Gavi But bikes are not allowed there Today, we are going with this friend Hi, my name is Shahul Hameed I have been travelling in this forest for the last 18 years I have been going to Gavi. So today, I am coming with the jeep Shahul is there with us. And Dennis is also there We have come to Thekkady many times Whenever we came, it was mostly a boat trip, A boat trip is part and parcel of Thekkady tour We have gone for boat rides in Thekkady And we have gone to Cumbum from Thekkady In Cumbum, we have seen vineyards, and we have tasted grapes also This time, we will be seeing Gavi more than Thekkady We will be enjoying the journey to Gavi We reached here yesterday evening We are staying in a resort called Woodnote This is not very far from Thekkady town Not Thekkady, this is not far from Kumily town When you come here, you can take their Gavi package I don’t know which is better, going to Gavi from Thekkady or Pathanamthitta I haven’t gone from Pathanamthitta. From Thekkady, I am about to go It is the first time that I am going to Gavi. So I am thrilled So let us watch the journey to Gavi I told you, Dennis also will be with us. This is Dennis He is the Managing Director of the resort So I and my family are going to Gavi with Dennis Let us start We have started from Kumily, Thekkady But we are not directly coming from Kumily through forest We came a little further from there We are taking a deviation a little before Vandipperiyar, to go to Gavi From Thekkady, it is only forests We don’t have permission to go there We can go by KSRTC buses also When we go by KSRTC, we don’t need to take permission of Forest Department Anyway, we are going by jeep We have plans to go slowly, enjoying the way While going to Gavi, people always think of spotting wild animals It is good if we can spot animals. Otherwise, we can enjoy the journey It is journey through forests We can see some tea gardens in the starting Let us see what all we can see after that Let us go We have taken a deviation from Vandiperiyar Here, we can see water flowing from the spillway of Mullaperiyar Dam This is going to Idukki Dam It is part of Periyar River. We can see it here. There is less water now

We stopped our jeep once again On the other side, we can see Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Here, water is flowing from the spillway. Very little water In rainy season, there will be more water On this side of this river, there are places where people stay. We can say villages On the other side, it is Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary It is spread over more 1300 sq. kms Some part of it is in Tamil nadu, and some part is in Kerala More of it is in Kerala Meghamalai in Tamil Nadu is a part of it. We have gone there Out of the 1300 sq. kms, around 900 sq. kms is tiger roaming area There are 45 to 55 tigers in this area The person who is with us has been going there for 18 years But he has spotted tigers only 7 times So we should not insist on spotting tigers The journey through this forest Now mist has started to cover the place It is a wonderful feeling to go through the mist-covered forests Kerala is so beautiful Rains have started. It is only a drizzle, still it is rain We are near the gate of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary It is a check-post. Here, we have to get our tickets verified They will check and let us enter It is another 20 kms from here to Gavi. Journey has just started A rain-soaked journey..Let us go The road that you see behind me is the way to Mullaperiyar Dam We are not allowed to use that road It is only for authorities. It is almost two and half kms from here to Mullaperiyar We are in the midst of jungle We have just entered the forest. We have not seen any animals yet Journey through this forest is really enjoyable Mist has not covered us. So we can see properly Gavi is a place where Srilankan refugees settled, in the 1970s There were around 300 families Now there are around 200 families Their main source of income was cardamom plantations In 2000, when there were heavy rains, cardamom crops were destroyed Now their main income comes from these jeep rides Forest authorities share it with them When we pay for the jeep rides, a portion of that goes for their survival There is a small stream nearby I can hear the gurgling sound of water We have to travel a little more through the forest Reaching Gavi is not the important matter What matters is the journey through this road We have opened the top cover of the jeep Dennis has not opened his head cover It is alright Rains have stopped. We are moving happily Jeep goes a bit slowly inside the forest Not little, it is going very slowly We are seeing whether we can spot any animals I am standing in the jeep, as the cover is opened Like this, I can cover as much as possible We didn’t spot any elephants or bison till now But we saw wild hen, and black monkeys We can see lots of black monkeys This is the road to Sabarimala

If we want to see Pulmedu, we have to go through this road I think it is not allowed now It is allowed only in the Sabarimala season Now it is not open That time, we will get the permission of authorities. Then we can go by walk to Sabarimala It is shortcut. Those coming from Kumily side can go this way So we could spot at least some bisons There are a few of them. Five to eight. They are slowly moving Bisons are known to travel a lot They walk from end to other, in search of food Elephants also walk a lot in search of their food We haven’t seen any till now. Let us see if we find any on the road ahead In the rainy season, there will be plenty of leeches on the grass Once it catches you, it will suck out the blood One has stuck to my jeans. So it might be okay. I will show you The area behind me is a place where we can spot elephants Elephants and bisons can be spotted. I didn’t find any deer We spotted only bison, not elephants We didn’t see deer also. Can they be spotted? No idea We have come little more through the forest Gavi is in Pathanamthitta district But Kumily is in Idukki district. We are still in Idukki district Here, we can see a temple It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. You can see It has no roof. When roof was built, elephants destroyed it So there is no roof But there is an idol Srilankan refugees come here for praying Employees of Forest Department also pray here This is the history of this temple Lion tailed macaques are eating jackfruit Seeing them eat jackfruit, I am also tempted to eat In this season, I haven’t got a single jackfruit Yes, I had. It was in a bullet train in China But it was not very ripe They are enjoying jackfruit Mist has slowly started covering. Let us continue our journey to Gavi I don’t feel like going. But they won’t give me any jackfruit So we had a long drive in the forests of Idukki district

Now we are entering Pathanamthitta district Before entering Pathanamthitta, there is a check-post If we come driving, they will check our license and other things We can enjoy more if we come by jeep, in stead of driving This is my opinion Because we can sit peacefully and enjoy They stop in between They know the places where animals can be spotted We will stop there, and see if we can spot any animals The roads are in a bad condition Why should we damage our vehicle by driving on these roads? As it started raining again, we put the top cover Where we stopped just now was Pachakkanam Right now wr are passing through Seethathodu Grampanchayath I am walking across Gavi Dam It is a road suited for jeeps Our jeep crossed to the other side I stopped as I wanted to take some snaps of the dam We will see more of Gavi Now, I am very hungry. First, let us have breakfast When I was capturing the beauty of the dam, I saw a group from Kuttanad, Alappuzha Let us ask them about their experience in Gavi Hello, how was your experience? We had a wonderful experience It is cold here. There is a waterfall, we went there It was good. We saw elephants and bisons You saw elephants? Yes, elephants and bisons. We enjoyed it I could see only bisons Bisons and black monkeys We couldn’t spot elephants. It would be wonderful if we can see on our way back Shall I leave now? Is there a rogue elephant? Where? It is roaming in this whole area. Be careful When we come with Gavi tour package, there is a Green Mansion Jungle Lodge here We have to register here. Breakfast is available there Breakfast is included in the package We will have breakfast After that, they will provide a guide. We can go for trekking with him He will be in charge of everything First we have to register You can ask there Is this for registration? He is the Field Officer, Rajesh How many visitors come here daily? Now the season is over As it is rainy season, visitors are less During vacations, we get around 50 to 100 people per day 100 is the maximum per day? This is a buffet system We can call it a local buffet It is not exactly local. Bread and jam are there Idly is there, upma is there And sambar, chutney, banana, tea, coffee Let me taste upma first It can’t be called very delicious But it is not bad. A decent breakfast Red chutney, white chutney and sambar are there

I didn’t take sambar I feel like taking it now. We can take it later also We can take whatever we want I like to eat upma with sugar and banana As sugar is not there, I dropped that idea I will eat with chutney After breakfast, we will see more of Gavi attractions and activities Let me eat first If you want to stay in Gavi, there are options This is a jungle lodge. It is called Green Mansion. We can stay here It costs Rs.3000 plus GST, for one person There are tent accommodations also, for those who wish Jungle camps are also there All these are in 24 hrs packages We have taken a day package In this, we can see the attractions of Thekkady Then take a jeep from Thekkady to Gavi, and enjoy the attractions of Gavi Before the trek, we will first see the museum It is a skeleton museum After seeing this, we will go for trekking It is a small museum. There are not many things inside But our guide will explain many things to us Mostly, it is about animals, jungle, and the rules of the jungle You should visit the museum for hearing that You can hear it outside also. But when we hear that in the proper ambiance, it is a special feel I am not explaining more You can come hear and listen to him Let us continue our trek We walked only a little We can see hills and traces of mist If it covers completely, we won’t be able to see anything The mist, green hills, and the light green color that comes with the sunshine Altogether, it looks superb We came a little further. From here, we can see Sabarimala We can see it very clearly See this In the midst of that long row of hills, we can see Sabarimala It is not just Sabarimala There are green carpeted hills also When we see all this, it is heavenly We reached the top of the hill. I am panting, But this call of the jungle But the chirping of crickets, soothing of winds, and the green covered Sahya mountain ranges, everything looks so wonderful My heart is telling me to stay on here The light rains have gained strength now Fog is about to cover the whole mountains We will walk a little more, and return When I say jungle, it is not any dense jungle

It is a small forest, but gives us a good feel As I told before, we can walk slowly enjoying the sounds of the jungle We shouldn’t walk in a hurry. It can be slippery We are not wearing trekking shoes. I am wearing a pair of sandals If you are not wearing trekking shoes, you should walk slowly Why should we fall down and be injured? So we are back Rain stopped again It is time to go for boating. After that, we will return Lunch is also there in between Boating is in a small lake It is the catchment area of the dam This is where we can go on boats On the other side, there is a waterfall. We will see that and come back We are at the starting of River Pamba As this is the catchment area of the dam, water is there In summers, water will be less Not because of summer, during the Vishu festival, shutters are opened The last month, they closed it again After a while, when it starts raining, there will be plenty of water We can see the actual level of water over there. The black mark is the water level When we got into the boat, I said the rains have stopped Now it has become cloudy again It is a specialty of Gavi. It can rain any time On these shores, the local people do fishing in the evenings We can use only fishing rods, not net They come in the evenings, and catch fish with rods The climate is also good for eating roasted fish Just catch the fish, and roast it Anyway, the weather has started changing There is a waterfall nearby. We have to see that before going back After going back, we will have lunch We are near the waterfall We could walk all the way to the waterfall But it may not be possible always In August, the water will be more If it is not safe, the guides won’t let us come here But that time, boats can come close to the waterfall So you can come by boat, and see the waterfall Now we have to walk to reach the waterfall The waterfall is not a huge one It is just trickling down like a spring If we come here, we can experience this waterfall Look above, you see the blue sky There is the green forest below, and the black rocks with white water flowing over it Now we are going back to have lunch We are very hungry. We have walked a lot, and enjoyed cool winds We will go fast, and not catch fever The rain so far was so less when compared to this. It is raining heavily now We are getting drenched in rains We will have to eat food like this We are back. This is where we will have lunch Heavy rains I was thinking of concluding this video after lunch But there is heavy rain. We are all drenched For lunch, we have sambar, rasam, avial, and cabbage thoran We are going to have all these I will just show you the food. With this, we are ending the video The next video will be coming soon It will have some tasty grilled items For now, goodbye