Can I do the Night Jungle patrol in Periyar while staying inside the park?

#1 Oct 21st, 2013, 21:33
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Hi, I hope some one can help resolve the contradictory advice I am getting.

I will be in Periyar in December'13 (in my rented car), and plan to stay in Aranya Niwas which is inside the park. I really want to do the night jungle patrol offered by Periyar Eco Tourism, which lasts from 7-10pm. According to these guys, I will not be able to do this tour because the sanctuary gates close at 6pm, so there is no way to get back to my hotel inside.

But according to staff at Aranya Niwas, as long as I have my own vehicle, exception is made for those people who go on these night tours to enter the road after lock up, because the eco-tourism tour is also done through the forest office.

I don't know which of these guys to believe. Can anyone provide their experience?

The alternative is to stay in a hotel outside the gate, but we then have to spend extra time in the morning to get to the boat ride, and all the hassles of getting our boat tickets ourselves.
#2 Oct 22nd, 2013, 17:01
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As per their website, http://www.periyartigerreserve.org/e...activities.php, there is something called jungle patrol, but it is an all-night thing.

Why don't you ask the folks on this link? I am sure their answer is the final one. Trips such as this may change from time to time, so anecdotal evidence does not mean that the program is currently on.

http://www.periyartigerreserve.org/contactus.php

Sometimes, one incident is enough to freeze some plans before alternates are implemented.

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