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“Very Good Place for a Weekend Jungle Stay”
Review of Aranya Nivas KTDC

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Aranya Nivas KTDC
Ranked #18 of 43 Hotels in Thekkady
Bengaluru, India
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26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Very Good Place for a Weekend Jungle Stay”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

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.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

I booked AC room thru online. Somehow, the payment was success, but I did not get the receipt. Called the customer support and they co-ordinated well. By end of the day, I got the response from their central reservation system.

The place is very nice, though no kids activities. It is surrounded by tall trees. Lots of monkeys you could see. Sometimes, they may invade if you keep the french windows open. We can directly reach the boating/lake from here - within seconds.They will ensure the boating tickets by your convenient time - We got the uppder deck of the boat.

The food was really good and fresh. Staff was courteous. They can make Eco friendly - with out TV and AC. That is my suggestion.

We will suggest this hotel, if you plan to stay in Thekkady.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Boston, England
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Location is fantastic, set in grounds with the monkeys, giant squirrels & other wildlife. Perfect place to get the early morning lake cruise from, just 30 seconds walk from the front door. the rooms were alright, well equipped (flat screen tvs etc) but just in need of some TLC. Maybe it was the end of the season but they were a bit tired - but clean. Food at the hotel was alright, main restaurant buffet style but there was a room service menu.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

The place does justice to the price tag for double rooms.

We got Dinner + Breakfast with the rooms deal.

The pool is also another attraction and a good way of passing enjoyable time.

They get the boat trip scheduled at your convenient time. And the Boat are boarded from a walking distance from the Hotel.

Staff was good.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Once I stay and feel the experience of this hotel. One of the excellent 3 star accommodation in Thekkady and really we are getting excellent feedback from our valuable guests also...... We are happy to say this and we are suggesting to our guests.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

We had very nice stay in Aranya NIvas... The feel of staying in Jungle amongst the animals and thick forest is something else. Food was good too :) The way to the periyar river is inside from hotel itself though there is chaos surrounding the boat tour.... River itself is located amidst the jungle and you can sight some animals in near the bank. Best time to visit is early morning...

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pune
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Aranya Niwas is located in the Thekkady forest area, and offers an exclusive location to stay. No other hotel is even close to the forest. They also offered assured tickets for the boat ride in the Mullaperiyar backwaters, and the service level was excellent. The kids enjoyed the swimming pool a lot. Apart from the pool, there are no other recreational activities available. They did not have a buffet on the offer for dinner or breakfast, so we had to order from the menu. The service was prompt, and food was good, too. The rooms are not air-conditioned, but the weather was cool enough, so we did not miss it much. However, the windows don't have bars, so you have to keep them closed all the time, else monkeys will make the room their home!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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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:
#10 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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Aranya Nivas Hotel Idukki
Aranya Nivas KTDC Thekkady, Kerala

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