Aranya Niwas is a mid budget property run by Kerala Tourism Development Corp. It is located 4 Kms into the Periyar Sanctuary on the banks of the Lake. Its locale is amazing. The hotel has a swimming pool, a beer parlour and restaurant. The rooms of the hotel are spacious.The food quality is so so.. One thing that the visitors here need to know is that the gates of the sanctuary close at 6pm and the access to the hotel shuts off. So, choose this hotel only if you are ok with the said restriction. Also, when in the hotel, keep the windows shut... else you may find a monkey wanting to give you company like we did :) The staff is helpful, albeit grudgingly... like any other govt. organisation. Apart from the swimming pool, there is a library and carrom & TT.. keeps kids engaged as you cannot go anywhere post 6pm. Boat bookings for an excursion into the periyar lake are done from the hotel itself... thus you avoid the long ques...
- 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