We booked to stay for 3 nights here but we left early as the hotel is pretty poor. I felt really sorry for the staff because it seemed they knew the hotel was a bit rubbish but couldn't really do anything about it! It's a KTDC run hotel and like many KTDC connected activities we experienced - they don't keep things very well. The whole place is tired looking, the pool was a dirty brown colour (we reckoned the nearby lake was safer for swimming), you can't open the windows because of the monkeys, there's no AC, you are locked inside the park hotel from 6.00pm and, joy of joys, all the trekking activities need to be booked at an office OUTSIDE the park (as they say in the US - go figure). On the more positive side - we thought the food was actually great - very tasty, a good range and loads of it served! The staff in the restaurant were very nice too - attentive, not overbearing and with lots of personality. Overall - I would stay in Thekkady town.
- 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