My wife and I visited this hotel in January to explore Periyar National Park. The hotel is situated quite conveniently about half a mile walk from the jetty for the lake boats. The staff are friendly and took us for an evening walk from the hotel through the local forest and past the lake shore; we saw otters, wild boar and hornbills. Short walks in surrounding woodland is possible to search for the local birds. They also arranged transport for us to move on at the end of our stay.
From the lake jetty Reception, we were able to arrange a guided early morning walk in the nearby forest. With the cries of the birds and other wildlife sounding around us, this was magical, made the more so by the assistance of the knowledgeable guide, and we were shown many bird species.
The scenery from the boats, with mountains and forest reflected in the water, was magnificent; although we saw some wildlife - Indian Bison, wild boar, sambar - elephants were absent - seen later in the year.
Catering, buffet style, was in the main for Indian tourists, and the food was good, although non-buffet service could sometimes be slow.
Our room was clean and airy; hot water OK although the shower could be temperamental, and there was the odd power cut - but candles were available. Being within woodland, the windows were barred to prevent monkeys from entering.
Internet connection available,
Although not cheap (£29 for double room per night), this was a very convenient and comfortable hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Ktdc Periyar House Hotel Thekkady
- KTDC Periyar House Thekkady, Kerala