We stayed at Aranya Nivas for a day. Location is very good. Rooms are good with all necessary amenities. You can spot some animals from the forest viewing rooms (which can be exciting if you have kids with you). Bathrooms are clean.
Food is good, just a little expensive. But the price is justified given the fact that you are in the forest where nothing else is available.
Pool is clean and well maintained. One tip. Do not keep towels/clothes on the benches beside the pool, if you are alone. You may have them tampered by monkeys passing by.
Staff is friendly and make prompt arrangements for boat rides and other things. We had a very good experience with the staff. We had small kids with us and they had billed us for them as well at the time of online booking. But while checking out, they themselves refunded the proportionate amount and adjusted with other miscellaneous expenses. That was a very good gesture from KTDC and true indication of their professionalism.
I just found one area of improvement. The mens room near the reception had the basin tap broken. That needs to be repaired. Other than that, it was all quite fine. Ideal for a one day stay 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