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Aranya Nivas KTDC
Ranked #20 of 41 Hotels in Thekkady
Bengaluru, India
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“Highly recommendable place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2012

We went in the off season and in the monsoon time of July. This place is the only place which is situated right inside the periyar wildlife sanctuary and hence the setting is great. Situated right near the boat jetty and almost overlooking the Periyar River, this place looks like an ancient heritage building. We got upgraded into a spacious suite room and it was very comfortable and spacious room with a huge balcony. Since it was almost deserted during the monsoon we got a good deal. The staff is friendly and the food was excellent. They have a swimming pool and the whole place was well maintained.
Most recommended place to stay in Thekkady !

Room Tip: Try visiting in monsoon time..
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

The reason we took this place was to stay inside the forest....
It was of no use, We could have booked a far greater place for the money spent. You cannot go out after 6PM, There are monkey's all over, The swimming pool is more like a dirty pond. The food was the only thing which was OK. The rooms smell of insect reppelent, the rooms were unkept, Worse no A/C and you have to keep your windows closed all the time. Only consultation was THEY SERVE BEER. Probably only place there which serve beer otherwise you go to town and buy from a local shop. Which looks like a rationing shop with long que's. We had to go for safari in the morning 6:00 Am we asked the hotel to arrange for some toast and milk as they dont serve breakfast before 7:30 which they did. And yes we skipped the breakfast that day....Next day same thing we had to go for the boat ride again they did serve us some toast, however we did come back before the end of breakfast to which they said you will not get it as we have already served you in the morning. We had to convince him that the other day too we had gone without breafast and today we are in time for breakfast but you will not serve us ? This went on for sometime after which they allowed us to have the breakfast. I Think its better to stay outside in town and enjoy the hotel in the evening rather that waste your time and money here.

Room Tip: If they offer you A/C Rooms I think only then go for it. The only thing you get here are Boat ticket...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Kolkata, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

First of all apologies for being so late in uploading my reviews. Stayed at Aranya Nivas on 5th and 6th of October, 2011. I had read mixed reviews about this property on Tripadvisor. However, the property turned out to be much better than my expectations. The property is nicely located inside the reserve forest, so you get the feel of living in a forest. The lady at the reception was really helpful as she called me to find out if we would be keen to take the afternoon ferry ride. We were late in reaching the hotel and the booking had to be done by 1.30. So, she kept three tickets reserved for us. I would suggest that you should stay inside the forest, particularly in the busy season, if you are keen on a ferry trip. There is a long queue right from the morning and morning rush to get to the booking counter as the gates are opened is a spectacle. The hotel arranges for the tickets so you need not worry. I would suggest that you should take either the early morning trip or the last trip which is of two hour duration. The afternoon trip is better as the animals come to drink water. We liked the trip so much that we went on the same trip next day also. The first day was a real feast with lots of animals – gauds, deers, elephants and lots of birds. Second day we saw a few wild dogs, a wild boar and a deer from really close. We found the food to be slightly pricey and ok, not great. The room was really large and spacious with a large veranda. We could watch quite a few monkeys from the veranda in the morning. Highly recommended for an overall enjoyable experience.

Room Tip: Forest facing rooms on the 1st floor.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2012

I stayed there with my husband & parents in the year 2008. I forgot about this one when I claimed Mayura River View, Srirangapatna was the first & only state tourism property we ever stayed.
The first complain would be- It is unfair to collect entry fees from the people who have reservations in the property! Considering the tariff, a complimentary boat ride for 2/room would have been a fair deal!
All the points goes to the rooms (& bathrooms) & the ambiance. Both the rooms were very well done, clean & had pool view. Let me take the liberty to claim that we all enjoyed the colonial hangover in the property!
The restaurant was shabby. When I pay such exorbitant amount for food I expect a neat & clean & well-laid out table with decent crockery & cutlery. Which, obviously not what we got!!!! Food tasted good when we did not think about the price! We took Ala-cart lunch & Buffet Dinner (One cannot go outside the campus for dinner since the entry-exit points are closed after 7:00pm approximately). I must mention that the service was satisfactory!
They have facilities to play TT & carrom.
The experience was nice yet I would not pay such huge amount again for repeating that! That does not mean I regret it! I would suggest to go there once for a overnight stay; 2D-1N is enough. You can accommodate your night vigil/jungle walk & boat ride if you reach there early.

Room Tip: Take a pool facing room.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2012

This place would have been great if it was half the price. It does have an ideal location, but the service is miserable. Since it's a KTDC hotel, you would think that they would be able to book KTDC tours. However, they actually charged us a Rs. 50 auto fee to go get our tickets. Considering we were paying nearly rs. 4000/night for a non-AC room, this seemed completely unnecessary. They will try to nickel and dime you, so beware! If I could do it again, I would stay somewhere outside of the actual reserve.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights at this beautiful location. We really enjoyed it bcause of the sounds of the jungle and the closeness of the wilderness. However it is 4 km from Kumily town and every time you leave the hotel to go on any trip you have to pay an entrance to he park of 200 or 300 ruppes per person sorry that should be foriegner. This includes the trips on the boat or nature walks within the park. This looses any financial advantage to the traveller and is an irritation when you are staying for more than 2 days.

This is not made clear in any available literature or website. Please can some pass be given to guests. With some TLC it could be marvellous! Kitchen very clean and food really good.

Room Tip: There is only one a/c but that didn't worry us.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2012

We spent 2 nights here. I guess 30 years or so ago it was very smart but needs a little TLC. Handy for the early morning boat trip, but you can`t go out at night. There was a very strong curry smell everywhere, especially the "Beer parlour". Very hard mattresses. Pleasant staff. pool area was rather grubby. More information about booking treks and park activities would have been helpful.

Room Tip: We were above the restaurant, hence constant smell.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aranya Nivas KTDC
Address: Kumily, Thekkady 685536, India
Location: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Spa Hotel 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. 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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