We did not quite know what to expect as Aranya nivas is in the middle of the sanctuary. We expected peace and quiet; but it was quite the opposite. During the day it was as if the entire state of Kerala was inside the sanctuary. The main attraction was the boat ride in the lake and the queues were miles long. Many had to go back disappointed.
We were lucky that we were put up in Aranya nivas. The hotel reception staff called us in the morning on the day of arrival and asked us whether we would like to book tickets for the boat safari. This service is done at no extra cost and done by them so we avoid the queue altogether. We were surprised to get the call and the thoughtfulness of the staff baffled us. The reception is in the old wing and is very beautiful. The staff is extremely polite, considerate and approachable. They gave us the best room available and told us that we are free to look at the others and explained why this room was better.Overall, was very impressed with everything.
The new rooms are neat, clean but lack the character of the old wing. I would have much preferred the old wing with its stone walls ;old world charm. But think those were the pricier rooms.
We went on the boat ride twice without even thinking about the queues as the staff booked it for us. One lady in our boat had to wait for 2.5 hours in the queue.
The nights are the best here; once the crowds leave, the peace of the place cannot be explained in words. We spent our evenings sitting on the banks of the lake and basically doing nothing. Did not feel like moving at all. The place draws you like a magnet and the walk around the place is great.
The giant squirrels visible from our room will always remain a very special memory.
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