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“Convenient accommodation in a beautiful woodland setting” 3 of 5 stars
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KTDC Periyar House
2.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Dist. Idukki, Thekkady 685536, India   |  
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Ranked #32 of 84 Thekkady B&B and Inns
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“Convenient accommodation in a beautiful woodland setting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2008

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.

  • Liked — Proximity to the lake, woodland and wildlife; comfortable accommodation.
  • Disliked — Service sometimes slow.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2008

The Periyar House is a simple two storey stone clad structure within the Periyar Tiger Sanctuary. Room rates vary from INR 1400 to INR 2200 for two inclusive of buffet breakfast and dinner. The rooms are large, basic but spotlessly clean. The superior room comes with a large sit out visited by babblers and tree pies looking for crumbs in the mornings, and monkeys during the day. The huge trees within the compound are regularly visited by the Giant Malabar Squirrel and troops of Nilgiri Langurs. Sambars and wild boars are often sighted just outside the hotel. The setting of the hotel is superb with exotic sounds of the forest at night. Breakfasts are good but dinner was rather nondescript and requires improvement. Having said that, the staff are cheerful, courteous and ever ready to assist as best they can. The hotel arranges tickets for the KTDC Boat Rides and can organise bookings for the Eco based forest department programmes, or you can do these yourself from the Eco Centre at the Boat Jetty, a pleasant 1km walk away. There are several trails just opposite the hotel which lead to the lake shore through dense forests of very tall trees. Early morning walks through these are bound to reward with good sightings of birds, wild boar langurs, squirrels and sambar. Elephants and bisons are usually sighted from the boat ride. There are several overnight, full day and half day treks and programmes offered by the Forest Department and the Periyar House is an excellent modestly priced hotel to be based in if these are your interests. Best sightings from December to May. The 7am boat ride and a full days bamboo rafting plus trek are most rewarding. Watch out for leeches once it rains. It is never unpleasantly hot even in the height of May due to the 880m altitude at the Lake level. I would definitely return for a longer stay of at least 6 days the next time.

  • Liked — The location within the sanctuary
  • Disliked — No bad experience
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about KTDC Periyar House

Address: Dist. Idukki, Thekkady 685536, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thekkady
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — KTDC Periyar House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 44
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