TRAILS OF KERALA

Gavi

Spread across the beauty of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is a quiet, beautiful and pristine forest haven. It is at the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta District at 3400 ft above MSL. These evergreen forests are abundant with magnificent Wildlife including the tiger, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, barking & Mouse deers, lion tailed macaque, other varieties of monkeys, Nilgiri Marten and a lot more. Getting There : Gavi is 28 kms south west of Vandiperiyar, a town in N.H 220 the highway connecting Kollam and Madurai, which itself is 14 kms from Kumily,near Thekkady. Let 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 enroute 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.
 

By Air : The Kochi International Airport (200kms) ,Trivandrum International Airport (250kms)and Madurai (195kms) are the nearest Airports.
 

By Rail : The nearest railway station is Kottayam (120kms) and is well connected with Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.
 

By Road : Regular buses are available to Vandiperiyar from Kochi & Thiruvananthapuram . A small bus rattles even up to Gavi from Vandiperiyar.
 

Nearest Hotel : Green Mansions

Ranipuram

Ranipuram is located 750m above sea level on the Western Ghats in Kasaragod district. Covered with evergreen shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands, this beautiful land is known for its trekking trails. The main attraction here is the Ranipuram National Park, which is filled to the brim with rare species of flora and fauna, with beautiful and serene surroundings and the clean mountain air.


Ranipuram By Air : 
The nearest airport is Mangalore, and the airport lies around fifty kilometers away from the town of Ranipuram. Buses to Ranipuram can be taken up once you have landed in Mangalore.

Ranipuram By Bus:
Buses are frequently available from the town of Ranipuram to all the surrounding areas, including small towns and major cities. These buses ply quite regularly, and catching a bus for travel should not be that big an issue. Bus fares will range around Rs 50 to 150, depending in the distance covered. Buses need not be booked in advance, and this is a major advantage of travelling through bus.

Nearest Hotel : Nirvana

Nelliyampathy

From the town of Nenmara in Palakkad district, the cloud-caressed peaks of the majestic Nelliyampathy hill ranges are a sight to behold. The height of the hills ranges from 467 mts to 1572 mts. To reach Nelliyampathy, one has to take the road starting from Nenmara that proceeds to the Pothundy Dam. There are about 10 hairpin bends that have to be negotiated on the way to Nelliyampathy, which itself has plenty of interesting sights to offer.

Transport Terminals
Nenmara (40kms away)

Getting There

Nearest Railway Station - Palakkad, about 52 kms from Nelliyampathy

Nearest Airport - Coimbatore, about 55 kms from Palakkad

Nearest Hotel - Ciscilia Heritage

Paithalmala

Paithalmala, a stunning hillstation, is 4,500 ft. above sea level, stands close to the Karnataka border and is very rich in flora and fauna. Paithalmala is ideal for trekking and adventure tourism. It has been fast emerged as ecotourism destination.

It is the highest peak in Kannur, located about 65 kms north-east of Kannur city and 35 kms east of Thaliparambu. North of Paithalmala is the Kudaku forest. It is part of the Western Ghats, spread over 500 acres of land provide panoramic views of the surrounding hills and dense forests . From one corner of the hill one could even see the Arabian Sea far away.

Nearest Bus Station - Kappimala
Nearest Railway Station - Kannur railway station , 61 kms away
Nearest Airport - Karipur International Airport – 93 kms away

Nearest option for stay is at Iritty. Some hotels at Iritty are Hotel Falcon Plaza,