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Aranya Nivas KTDC
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kumily, Thekkady 685536, India   |  
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Ranked #12 of 30 hotels in Thekkady
Pune
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10 hotel reviews
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“Yes ! It has a bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This place is operated by KTDC & is very well maintained. It is actually inside the reserve & very close to the lake. USP - Paid tickets for boating on KTDC boats are also guaranteed for in living guests so there is no need to wait in queue for the same. Rooms are clean and well appointed & food is excellent. The room service was excellent and the staff was courteous to a fault. The pool looked inviting and so did the beer bar. I chose the latter. It is a little on the expensive side but for all the things thrown in, well worth the price. They have no gym. There is adequate parking for vehicles but no facilities for the driver. The place is locked down from 1800h to 0600h next morning so you cannot go out to see the nightlife of Thekkady. KTDC also organises various wildlife treks if you are up to marches in the leech infested jungles in the dark..

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Reasonably Ok experience in Aranya Nivas managed by KTDC. Although ideal place for beauty of Periyar Lake and forest but beyond that nothing much... Swimming pool was not clean when we reach there. Sports equitments not maintained upto mark. Rooms were clean and food was good.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This place is operated by KTDC & is well maintained. It is truly inside the reserve & very close to the lake. Tickets for boating are also arranged by the hotel (not free..) & there is no need to wait in long queues for the same..
Rooms are neat & food is good. very pleasant experience..

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The ideal location to view and realise the beauty of the bountiful nature of Periyar Lake. It is being within the forest area has restrictions in timing but the staffs are very co-operative and arrangements are good. The forest activities related to trekking, scouting, rafting etc. could be arranged at reasonable price and with proper guidance. The massage centre is also good. The restaurant serves suit to taste varieties of veg and non-veg food, though beverage collection is limited. Though it is difficult to maintain the cleanliness and hygiene in this campus within the forest area but the staff of the hotel does commendable job. The security arrangement within the forest is also proper. The access to boating and other activities are in close proximity. The name justifies its existence.

Room Tip: The upper floor forest facing rooms are suitable for nature lovers
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The best part is the scenic beauty on Munnar Thekkady driveway , around 120 KM , u cant go fast but road was good w/o any pot holes , but need careful driving ,
I didn't enjoyed the one night stay at Aranya Nivas , In a Premium Room , first of all u cant open the big glass windows in the morning because of monkey may come inside your room , and in night its not advisable to make open a big windows and sleep in a jungle area , So for a non AC room you will be suffocative as there are no net windows , and I fine the best time to visit Wildlife is in peak summer where animal can be seen for less vegetation and thrust will bring them into visibility .

Room Tip: Batter ask for any AC room, Or best stay on outside the Tiger reserve main gate , lots of hotel opti...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I was little skeptic because it is govt. property but that was not the case. The hotel is well maintained and inside the tiger reserve unlike others. Food was OK but I couldn't say excellent that I received from holiday heaven munnar. I have to say, the staff was very courteous. I didn't expect that from a Govt. organization. It is quite in the middle of the forest so you can enjoy the true nature.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Stay close to the jungle.....one of my best hotels for stay. Never expected so much of hospitality from a Govt. hotel. Nice food & great location. Monkeys will be all around you.....it was a nice experience...

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Additional Information about Aranya Nivas KTDC

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 #12 of 30 hotels in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Aranya Nivas KTDC 3*
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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