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Aranya Nivas KTDC
Ranked #14 of 45 Hotels in Thekkady
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Aranya Niwas is situated inside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary where visitors are allowed only if they are staying in one of the properties there or have a boat ride pass.
We were upgraded to the Premium Room which was quite spacious. The room was neat and clean but bathroom was bit dirty and the tap was broken, which we complained and it was immediately repaired.
The best part of our stay was that we could go for walks around the property and the hotel also organised a walk inside the wildlife sanctuary for a couple of hours accompanied by the guide. Monkeys are seen everywhere and it is advisable to keep the room windows closed during daytime.
People staying in Aranya Niwas are given 1st preference for the Periyar Boat Ride with the best seats and the dock is just 5 mins walk from the Hotel's back entrance. Otherwise, for outsiders it is a long walk of at least half an hour to the dock, as cars are allowed only upto a certain point.
The food was quite average and service also left a lot to be desired.
However, one can see the forests up close from any side of the property. A Great option for someone wanting to experience forests and some wildlife up close. However, the hotel gates closes at 6 in the evening so one has to be back by then. The recreational facilities in the hotel is not worth mentioning but it does hav a library and a bar with sports playing on T.V. for passing time.

Room Tip: Premium rooms on the 1st floor are very spacious.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Beautiful would be an accurate description. This is a government run hotel right in the middle of Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary, and you are out in the jungle as it were, because of the bars on the windows to stop burglar monkeys.

BIG, very big luxurious rooms, furnished to a high standard, and a great restaurant serving excellent food.

Frankly I cant fault this one!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

I along with my parents are staying at aranya ktdc..well before selecting this place,I did a thorough search on trip advisor..despite knowing that we can't move out after 6pm in evening and there is nothing else to do inside the reserve after eve, we still decided to come here to experience staying inside the forest..to begin with,the rooms are fine,ambience okay..though the rooms promise a forest view,except a few trees nothing can be seen, swimming pool is empty...the worst part of the hotel is its service in restaurant..god knows for what reason every waitor wants to pick up your plates while you are still eating..it feels like committing a crime if you take 10minutes to finish your soup...we feel stucked here..wish we could still change our hotel...a true holiday spoiler it is! By the way,they charge 20% extra for room service and the food tastes bw okay to bad! My suggestion- stay at lake palace ktdc or rather stay outside the reserve!!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Hotel location is very good. we really got the feeling that we are in a jungle. Staff was polite and helpful. Apart from regular service for room cleaning etc. we got service whenever requested. Linen was clean. Food was good though spread was limited and repeated. Since this hotel is inside the wildlife sanctuary it has added advantage. You can spend time at Jetty and linger on in the evening once boat timings are over and may end up seeing wild life. We could see a group of Elephants and wild dogs killing a sambar. we felt part of wildlife staying there. DO NOT CARRY ANY EATABLE IN YOUR HAND WHILE ROAMING AROUND. THERE ARE LOTS OF MONKEY AROUND. KEEP YOUR MOVIE CAMERA READY.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms in the north wing facing jungle.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Gurbinder
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Thekkady (Idukki district) is the location of the Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in the Kerala state of India. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 km2 (300 sq mi), of which 360 km2 (140 sq mi) is thick evergreen forest. The Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. Sanctuary can be accessed through a nature walk & boating . Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

Aranya Nivas by the side of the placid Periyar Lake is a veritable destination for wildlife enthusiasts and eco-tourists. Located inside the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, this is an authentic jungle lodge. This was opened by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.

Myself alongwith friends & their family stayed over there for 2 days . Boating in Periyar Lake is start in front of the Lodge and tickets are available from the reception Swiming Pool is good . Foods were not delicious as other property of KTDC .

Room Tip: Ist floor Rooms with jungle view are good
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

I along with my family stayed over there in may 2013. The boating in Periyar lake was directly accesible from the hotel. The hotel authorities also booked tickets for us. They had a good library. The view from the rooms was also nice. Their swimming pool was big and ideal for swimming. The food was also nice.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

i stayed at this hotel during april 20l3 with my family its situated within the sanctuary and u are expected to reach there before six in the evening as the forest deparment will be closing the entry. hotel from outside itself provides a feeling of jungle charm .the securitystaff at the entrance greet u warmily and the reception staff also provides necessary tips to do in and around tekkady they will also arrange for ur boating .the rooms are well kept and clean.bathroom fittings require some repairing.the restaurant is fabulous with ever attentive staff and delicious items arrayed in buuffet.the only annoyance that u may feel here is the monkey menace u cannot open ur windows during day time as these omnipresent monkeys may make their entry and u will be in serious trouble if u try to scare them they will attack u .also when u waik outside during daytime dont carry a bag especially plastik bags.the pool is well maintained and the kids can also enjoy the swim as they have seperate shallow pool area.

Room Tip: rooms facing woods provide a serene athmosphere
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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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: $84 - $152 (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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Aranya Nivas Idukki
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