Contact info : Jungle Trails,masinagudi owned by Mark Davidar

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#1 Feb 5th, 2009, 17:30
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Does anybody have contact info for jungle trails (chital walk) owned by mark davidar.either a phone number or a email would do.i am desperate to get a booking at thier place in may.the present number i have is not working 0423-2526256.when i dial its displaying number not in use. any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Try 2526297, it was on an old brochure, not sure if it is correct.
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Originally Posted by snonymous View Post Try 2526297, it was on an old brochure, not sure if it is correct.
Thanks synonymous.Again thew same error message "Number not in use".I made a check in online telephone directory maintained by telephones and it says the number is 0423 2526256.but when i dial it gives me "error number not in use".
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Hi,
your number is the same I got from a traveller who was there a few months ago. he reported the place was pretty much run down, now could it be any possible Mark gave up the business, I wonder..
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No doubt natives know best! Other option could be enquiring from Just Dial.

Last I heard he is still in business!
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Santos, have a look at this post, this person stayed there last year, maybe you can register and get the details [and share them here at IM!!!]. Fantastic photos on that post.

http://forums.nitroexpress.com/showf...52&Main=110989
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i plan to visit him in person next month sometime between mar 6-10 as i travel upto ooty .during the visit if possible (if i meet him) i will try to get the details .

thanks synonymous for the link.
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me too

I have just spent half a day trying to find the name of Jungle Trails. I stayed there in 1989 (!!!) and want to go back there with my children. Only stayed one night, but never forgot the place, just beautiful. Please let me know as well how to get in contact.
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I have been meanwhile. frankly, it would be unfair to reveal the number.. the service is actually unavailable because Mark doesn't want ppl he doesn't know to call. he changed his number for this reason and it's only possible if someone he knows would take you there. Just try and ask around once you're in Masinagudi.
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Originally Posted by Nicc66 View Post .. the service is actually unavailable because Mark doesn't want ppl he doesn't know to call. he changed his number for this reason and it's only possible if someone he knows would take you there. Just try and ask around once you're in Masinagudi.
Strange.

Maybe he had a problem with some of his guests, or equally likely that he does not have all the required licenses in place for running a guest house and does not want to get into trouble.

Looking at it purely from a consumer perspective, I would be offended if I were considering a place to stay and were told that I would have to ask around locally to be given the "privilege" of staying there. I am sure this place is not run as a free of charge charity service.

However, I am sure the proprietor has his reasons, whatever they may be.


So, how was your trip Nicc? Have you posted your report / photos anywhere?
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Originally Posted by Nicc66 View Post I have been meanwhile. frankly, it would be unfair to reveal the number.. the service is actually unavailable because Mark doesn't want ppl he doesn't know to call. he changed his number for this reason and it's only possible if someone he knows would take you there. Just try and ask around once you're in Masinagudi.
Umm I would definitely visit this place,simply because then i could be one of the elites who have visited the place.just kidding.all this increases my desire to go his place.lets see whats in store in his place.
hey Nicc ,
Did you see any wildlife during your stay.whats the cost per day?food? And How long can we stay there to maximise our chance of an viewing some of the animals?is the place affected by recent forest fires?Sorry i am asking too many questions.
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Santos, if you wish to stay at Mark's, consider 1000 Rupies per day and bring your own food. Sleeping bag is a good idea too, be prepared accomodation is simple. You might otherwise eat at the place next door which is a 10 minutes walk.
You have a good chance for elephants from very close. I saw a sloth bear too. There is a foto-album of animals including leaopard and tiger other guests "shot" from a close distance. As always.. for those you'd have to be extremely lucky. Bring your binoculars!

As Mark doesn't like ppl walking around the premises, you might start feeling itchy after stitting on the veranda for 1 or 2 whole days..
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Originally Posted by Nicc66 View Post Santos, if you wish to stay at Mark's, consider 1000 Rupies per day and bring your own food. Sleeping bag is a good idea too, be prepared accomodation is simple. You might otherwise eat at the place next door which is a 10 minutes walk.
You have a good chance for elephants from very close. I saw a sloth bear too. There is a foto-album of animals including leaopard and tiger other guests "shot" from a close distance. As always.. for those you'd have to be extremely lucky. Bring your binoculars!

As Mark doesn't like ppl walking around the premises, you might start feeling itchy after stitting on the veranda for 1 or 2 whole days..
Thanks for reply Nicc.Does Mark turn back his guest.What do you need to do convince him? I heard there is water hole nearby and if i am right a tree top machan from where the water hole can be seen.is it true or i am dreaming things.
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By the look of the photos posted by snonymous nothing has changed in the last 20 years. Mark has created a space where the animals have no fear of humans because he is very careful that the house remains quiet and discrete. No lights, no music etc. If he doesn't want a stream of tourists going there, it is not because it is 'elitist' but too many people would destroy the calm and the 'trust' that he has built up with the wildlife. I would love to go back again, but will write to Mark and see if he will be OK with me coming with children. If he says no - I respect that. His place belongs to the animals...
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Originally Posted by maryji View Post By the look of the photos posted by snonymous nothing has changed in the last 20 years. Mark has created a space where the animals have no fear of humans because he is very careful that the house remains quiet and discrete. No lights, no music etc. If he doesn't want a stream of tourists going there, it is not because it is 'elitist' but too many people would destroy the calm and the 'trust' that he has built up with the wildlife. I would love to go back again, but will write to Mark and see if he will be OK with me coming with children. If he says no - I respect that. His place belongs to the animals...
Elite in the sense i would be one of few who had visited jungle trails.I didnt mean to say he's running it as a business open to few elite.If he say no ,yes we have to respect that.
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