Hi, I hope some one can help resolve the contradictory advice I am getting.
I will be in Periyar in December, and plan to stay in Aranya Niwas. I really want to do the night jungle patrol offered by Periyar Eco Tourism group, 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.
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.
Obviously, I don't want to get stuck outside the gate all night, so I don't know what or whom 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.