Aranya Nivas is situated in Periyar Tiger Reserve and it is with the idea to spend a night in the jungle we(I and my wife) reserved a Premium room in the Hotel. I had intended to purchase boat tickets for boating in Periyar lake and this hotel had the best location beside the ticket counter(just 200 metres) .. this was an added incentive to look for accomodation here.
The Hotel despite being run by KTDC which gives one an impression of a typical Govt. run hotel was quite unlike it. Very well maintained and good service.
We had arrived from Munnar and had checked in the hotel for one night. The hotel reception greeted us very well and the checkin was in a jiffy once I produced the copy of Makemytrip voucher.
We had been alloted a premium room that was beside the swimming pool and offered a very good view. The room was very spacious and well maintained. There was wooden flooring and nice wooden furniture. The bed sheets were clean. There was TV in room that carried many channels. The bathroom was clean with good fittings and toiletries offered complimentary.
The room does not have AC but considering climate of the place it is not necessary.
The hotel has a restaurant and a recreation room with carrom,TT table,snooker table. As the hotel closes after 6 pm as it is in the wildlife sanctuary, one can spend his/her time playing in recreation room. The hotel also has a big lounge with WiFi enabled.
As the dinner was pricey - Rs. 350 per head buffet, we decided to skip it. We had the chance to sample the breakfast as it was inclusive and regretted skipping the dinner the night before - the food was very delicious and had variety. We were late to breakfast as we had gone for boating in morning, the restaurant staff made efforts to serve us all the breakfast items.
The swimming pool is available in fixed timings and clean.
All in all an excellent one night experience in the jungle.
- 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. Entry to Periyar Sanctuary will be closed by 5.00 pm. Hence please ensure to reach inside the sanctuary before 5.00 pm. ... 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