I would strongly recommend this hotel to those who want to visit Thekkady / Periyar and want to FEEL the jungle, its flora and fauna from within. Aranya Nivas is located right inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, and will sure shot impress any tourist with its (a) Location (b) Facilities (c) Decent Service. I was skeptical about a government maintained property before a colleague of mine, who visited this place in Feb 2012 recommended Aranya Nivas to me. Upon our return from this vacation I thanked this friend of mine profusely for doing what he did (recommend Aranya Nivas).
Best things about this property are (a) its location inside the jungle - with variety of trees, birds, and various wildlife species (including Wild Elephants - we were lucky to see them every day during our 3 night stay) visible at walking distance. (b) We stayed at the Suite which has a drawing room as big as a Movie Hall. The suite bedroom was also very spacious and with all modern facilities like a LCD TV, tea-coffee maker. (c) Room Service was prompt with variety of options in in-room dining menu. Breakfast & Dinner buffet were decent - though we found that the menu items were fairly fixed each day
The toilet of the suite possibly could have had more modern / new fittings etc., but it still had a bathtub, hot & cold water, shaving kit, fresh towels (2 large + 2 small) changed daily. Periyar lake is 2 mins walk from the hotel and the hotel's reception arranged for Boat Ride tickets for us (we just had to deposit the money the previous day & fill up booking request forms). The property also has a swimming pool (we did not use it though)
Overall, the location of the hotel + the magnanimous Suite made our stay very memorable. Luck also favored us as we saw good number of different animal species during our Boat Ride on Periyar Lake
- 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