The village of Gavi is rapidly becoming a major ecotourism destination in the state of Kerala.
The village of Gavi, located in the Pathanamthitta district in the state of Kerala in India, is situated near the Periyar National Park, the Periyar Tiger Reserve, and the Ranni Reserve Forest. Its unique location in nature makes it host to a variety of wildlife, a plethora of flora, and hundreds of species of birds, making Gavi an ideal destination for ecotourists. There is also much to do, including trekking, bird watching, camping, and more.
Gavi could soon be receiving Rs.25 crore ($5 million) from the Union Tourism Department. These funds are part of the Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive) Schemes. Both schemes were introduced by the Ministry of Tourism in 2014-2015 to help develop tourism infrastructure in India. Swadesh Darshan tackles the “integrated development of theme-based tourist circuits.” During the 2015-2016 year, RS 600 crore and Rs 100 crore have been budgeted for Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD, respectively, to further develop tourism various tourism destinations in India.
“The Union Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to State Governments/Union Territory Administrations, including the places of religious importance, for various tourism projects in consultation with them subject to availability of funds, inter-se priority, liquidation of pending utilization certificates and adherence to the scheme guidelines.” – Government of India, Ministry of Tourism
Representatives from the Central Tourism Department, the Ministry of Tourism, Kerala Tourism, and the Departments of Tourism and Forests recently visited Gavi, as well as Angamoozhy, the Sabarigiri dams, Moozhiyar, and Seethathode, to assess its potential as an ecotourism destination.
The team of representations was presented with numerous projects proposed by the Kerala Tourism Department. Included in the proposals were plans for tree houses, bamboo huts, bamboo stands, and more. The team of representations also toured the Seethathode-Moozhiyar-Gavi route, where environmentally-friendly infrastructure is to be developed for tourism.
Photo Credit: “Gavi elephants 2” by Arun Suresh – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gavi_elephants_2.jpg#/media/File:Gavi_elephants_2.jpg
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