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Aranya Nivas KTDC
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We stayed at the sister property Periyar House, but had a lunch at Aranya Niwas so the review is more about the restaurant rather than the hotel.

We had an afternoon boat ride so had time for the buffet lunch in the air conditioned restaurant overlooking old trees and the swimming pool. The food was exceptionally good, and so much better than that at Periyar House. The beer was chilled and perfect for a warm day. For anyone who has travelled in Kerala, the strange attitude of most restaurants towards beer can be very frustrating.

Service was professional and very friendly. We enjoyed so much that after our ride we came back for evening tea.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank worldtravelplus
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights and we really enjoyed it ; all the people who work there are friendly and helpful ; the food is good ; we spent a lot of time walking in the park, watching the animals and though we had to stay inside the park because the drivers and taxis were on strike, we never got bored.
Again, thank you to all the employees of the Aranya Nivas KTDC hotel ; we wish them all a successful 2014 year at work and in their private life.

H.Joire & M.Verollet

Room Tip: overlooking the park
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank huguette j
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Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

I had many expectations from this hotel but the reception staff ruined it all. They were very rude , while answering our queries and were not at all interested in helping us. All we wanted to know was what are the activities which we can enjoy there. Rooms smell a lot specially the bathroom, I could not even get hot water and they did not even send anybody to help us. Only reason you would want to live here is due to the guaranteed boat trip they offer to the residents.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Its in the Periyar reserves boundary walls, in middle of the jungle near to the lake, tracking & other such facilities, apart from it food is quite ok, can be improved. Nice swimming pool & a very peaceful nature loving place.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank SAJagad
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

On the positive side:
... Location within park, frankly not much to see or do in Kumily
... Preferential booking for boat ride
...very large rooms maintained fairly well
...good service
...very good buffet arrangements for food
...the beer from the parlor is actually chilled and nice!

The negatives relate not so much to the hotel but the chaos surrounding the boat ride. There is a sea of people all waiting to get on the boat and no system of crowd management seems to be present. My advice is see if you can get one of the friendly staff from the hotel to guide you on o the boat. Once on the boat things are fine all seating is PE booked and there is no free for all.

Would recommend taking the 11am boat getting off for lunch at the Lake Palace and take the 245 pm boat back. That way you get the boat ride and a good flavor of the superlatively pretty location of the Lake Palace. We were fortunate to watch a herd of elephants peacefully geazing away for more than an hour

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
Thank moth123
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