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.
- 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