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“Fantastic Location inside Periyar Tiger Reserve”
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Aranya Nivas KTDC
Ranked #14 of 45 Hotels in Thekkady
Reviewed July 3, 2012

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

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

We, four friends stayed over here for 2 days and 1 night. Close proximity to the wilderness. Rooms were good, well prepared, service was good, swimming pool was nice. On the whole, you can cherish the memories for a long time..

Pros:
1. Easy access to boat ride tickets as the Hotel guys arrange it for you.
2. Situated inside the Periyar Sanctuary.

Cons:
1. Only buffet..no ala-carte.
2. You cannot come-in or come out of the sanctuary after 6 PM as the resort is situated inside the sanctuary.
3. Lack of Kerala cuisine.

Room Tip: Go for a pool facing room
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

I stayed at the resort fo 2 nights. I had booked a bigger oom as i had 2 kids along with me. the ooms were very spacious. The bathroom was very big but had a design fault in the sense when u take a shower the whole bathroom floo would get wet and messy.
The food was lovely, nice spread for beakfast, Lunch and dinner.
Staying here u get preference for boat ride tickets. We also went for jungle safari . They take u in a open jeep inside the jungle. there they seve breakfast. After breakfast u can opt for long/short trek further inside the jungle. Beware of leeches during monsoon. Ordinay but tasty lunch is served.Then one can go for boating, sabimala view point spice factory etc.After evening tea u woulf be diopped back to Aanya Nivas.
The swimming pool inside aranya nivas is also nice.
Since it is a govenment poperty not much of flexibility is there. We reached the esort on 24th may early morning due to bandh. We had beakfast. On the day we went for junglr trip we did not have breakfast. This simple adjustment was also not made by the staff. They go absolutely by rule book.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

A family holiday to Munnar - Thekady & Allepey, we stayed at Aaranya nivas. A beautiful setting in midst of greenery. The rooms were good, service was good, room service was decent, a lovely swimming pool facility until 6pm. The best part of this place is not much to do as by 6pm you are in your room this gives you so much time with the family at liesure. One word of caution if you are staying here please ask for a package with all meals as its expense as they have only a buffet arrangement no ala carte.. . advanatage of the boat ride tickets available at the reception other wise you go through a long queue

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank Nitinr
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

Folks, First of all get your expectations correct.
1. This is a government run place, they go by the rule book
2. It's INSIDE the sanctuary. Respect the jungle, remember they are not the intruders, you are.
3. Tigers stay deep inside the jungle, you would be lucky to spot elephants. Hornbills ..... they are a plenty.

If you think you can deal with the above, great, book asap.

The property itself is well maintained quite unlike other govt run places. The suite room is the pick of the lot. The rooms are big and furnished nicely. The living room has a wide glass area which is a treat.
All the rooms in the main building are equally good, can't comment on the other block.

Dinner and breakfast buffet were adequate, although the spread could have been more inviting. Quality was good though.

Service was good, didn't have any complains. But then we were not too demanding either.
As mentioned before, you don't have to take part in a 500m dash early in the morning to book your boat trip tickets, it can be pre-reserved while check in.
Also, we got a good tip from the reception on a elephant ride the next day, that turned out to be quite an experience for us city dwellers.

We did get to take a night stroll around the property, although the security did come running after us to draw up the "lakshman rekha" :-)

If i were travelling with my wife or friends only, would have taken the day excursion/trek inside the jungle - arranged by the forest department. But we had a 3 yr old with us !! Something to come back again for.

One more thing, don't go to this sanctuary only for the boat ride. Stay and enjoy the jungle setting.

Room Tip: Suite room (101), that's the best and nicely spread out. It's worth the 600/- you would spen...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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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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1  Thank Srikanth_Iyer1201
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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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1  Thank amrishvora
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Additional Information about 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:
#9 Spa Hotel in Thekkady
Price Range: $91 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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