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Aranya Nivas KTDC
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kumily, Thekkady 685536, India   |  
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Ranked #15 of 34 Hotels in Thekkady
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“EXCELLENT STAY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

our was premiem room which was very spacious and clean, staff was very co-operative, though some of them was not knowning hindi or english but was ready to serve, swiming pool was clean overall very excellent

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The property is located in the sanctuary creating a forest atmosphere in the night. The rooms are big and spacious. The food and service are pretty average. The boat safaris can be booked in advance at the reception. We sighted most of the wild life in the afternoons. There are lots of other activities to cover like bamboo rafting, trekking, spa. All in all good place to visit …

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Best place to stay within the national park. Didn't expect a govt. hotel to be so well maintained. Only drawback is the food, but again the rooms and the comfortable stay made-up for it. They will help you with the tickets for early morning boat ride into the national park. They also have some trekking options available so keep atleast 2 days.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Awesome experience at Aranya Nivas KTDC located well within the sanctuary. Govt properties are always beautifully located, but I did not think that something from Govt departments in India could also be so well kept and could have such a courteous staff.

Great location ofcourse - right by the boat landing sight, within a couple of minutes walking to a great lake view, all ticketing and guide arrangements at hand through the counter itself and we got a great room with a huge living area and a fantastic balcony. There are monkeys at day time and that is a menace if you leave your doors open for them ... but we were pre-warned. The food is awesome and an evening stroll when everyone else is gone from the sanctuary is a great experience in solace.

The only thing better in Thekkady is perhaps the Lake Palace in the middle of the lake also maintained by the KTDC.

Remember to refresh your sanctuary entry tickets every morning!! :)

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

A well located, well managed and very liberal management. They upgraded the rooms without our asking, food was good and they took care of the driver's stay and food also. A government property but very friendly. They provide all excursions from the reception itself. Good place if one is interested in wildlife. Could spot only sambhar deers and bisons.. Not even elephants, forgt about tigers.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

The bath towels were very old and thin, the bed was very hard, the shower was pathetic and the drain was at the high point in the bathroom so having a shower flooded the bathroom floor. The hot water ran out before the bath tub was half full.

I can't recommend Aranya Nivas. It has not been updated since the 1960's. It is shabby. There is no WiFi (in 2013!). There are no hair dryers in the bathrooms. I recommend you go to a modern hotel.

You have to be back in the wildlife park by 5 pm but there is nothing much to do until dinner at 7pm. It would be a nice time for a massage but that closes at 5. I found I was often bored without options like wandering down the street or trying different restaurants. I felt stuck at Aranya Nivas. It might be better to book a nice hotel in Thekkady for the same amount of money.

It is really not up to the stars it claims. But if you want to make a film set in the 1950s/60s, it's perfect because so little has been updated.

Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The KTDC Aranya Nivas is very well located, its right next to the lake and also the only property inside the reserve. The rooms are nice and clean. We did not use the pool but looked good. The staff is very helpful and warm. Beware of the monkeys here - you cannot open your room windows or eat outside!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kumily, Thekkady 685536, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thekkady
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 34 Hotels in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Aranya Nivas KTDC 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aranya Nivas is the only premium jungle lodge of its kind situated inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve(Thekkady). The resort provides avenue for close interaction with the tropical rain forest and wild life. The resort is located on the banks of Periyar lake. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aranya Nivas Ktdc Hotel Thekkady
Aranya Nivas Idukki
Aranya Nivas Hotel Idukki
Aranya Nivas KTDC Thekkady, Kerala

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