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“Beautiful period building in an outstanding location, sadly run down.”

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KTDC Lake Palace Thekkady
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Reviewed 28 February 2010

Formerly a Maharajah's country retreat set on an island in a lake in the Periyar sanctuary, Lake Palace should be an outstanding hotel. Sadly, it is very run down. We had to get our mouldy bedding changed, the bathroom facilities were inadequate, with amaturish an quite inadequate patch-up jobs much in evidence, and the food, though good, was monotonously unvarying. The standard of Lake Palace is that of a government resthouse, but touted as a luxury resort and charged accordingly. A rip-off. Still, there is much to admire in the building itself and the period pieces, and the tranquility of the place, with wild animals going about their business across the lake, restores the soul. I must also mention the herioc efforts of one of the staff, who could not do enough to help us.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2010

heaven on water

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 January 2010

Being wildlife enthusiasts we have loved our stay at the lake palace.... If one visits periyar for wildlife and seeks peace and tranquilty there is no other place but the lake palace... With just 6 rooms its a hidden haven perched majestically on a island on the lake periyar.....

We have a great time idlying on the chaise lounge sipping our drinks and saying cheers to the wild life on the opposite side of the banks ....

We've witnessed so much action like a pack of wild dogs hunting an indian sambhal, and sightings have been extremely good...we saw indian ghor in abudance, giant malabar squirrels, otters, wild hogs ( pride of 20-25), sambhals, kingfisher bird, and the a tree filled with the beautiful blue tiger butterfly (100's of them)

The rooms are clean, not very big but i must say definately neat and clean....And the staff has done their best to make our stay comfortable.. All our dietary needs has been adhered 2..My special thanks to the chef for enquiring what we wished to eat and serving the same on our table... I have had a great time here and i wud ONLY stay the Lake palace for my next trip

No hotel can beat the Location of the lake palace....It was worth every penny we paid for...

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 February 2009

Don't expect the slick service and plush rooms of an Indian luxury hotel. This is a Government -run hotel, that hasn't seen much money spent on it recently.It has no pool, no aircon, and no choice of food in the dining room However the rooms ( only 6 of them) are large, comfortable even without aircon, and the bathrooms do at least work!. We also had a big plasmaTV with a digibox giving us the best choice of channels of all of our holiday hotels!
What makes this place so special is its position on an island in the middle of the wildlife reserve lake, and the wonderful staff, who may be a bit raw but are very keen to make your stay a good one. Sitting on our balcony at dusk watching the animals coming down to drink was magical. 2 days there worked their charm on us- we were totally relaxed and didn'r want to take the 20 minute boat-ride back to civilisation

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 December 2008

This place is worth spending time with family. This palace majestically located on a peninsula in Periyar lake inside the Periyar forest. The ambience of peace and calm is unlimited here. You will be disturbed only by the twitter of birds and the occasional cry of the wild. Worth staying, great time to relax and a hideaway from this fast world.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 October 2008

Everything about the place itself is in previous reviews - but the word 'palatial', used both by the hotel and some tour operators to describe the rooms is a major exaggeration.

The bedroom is big and very old-fashioned: the bathroom is pretty appalling. Not just old and tired, but really scruffy with big rust marks on the messy bath, filthy black grouting, and really not nice at all. It would be poor even for a 2 star establishment at a quarter of the price.

The staff are lovely, the food very nice, and it is indeed atmospheric - but it's a big pity (and really rather irritating) that this Government run hotel should have had so little investment. It needs some serious renovating.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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Reviewed 7 September 2008

From the moment we arrived at the boat jetty we were made very welcome. The palace is absolutely beautiful with very clean, well-equiped rooms and a highly efficient staff. During our tour of the small hotel, we were introduced to the chef, Mr Mohan, who cooked us wonderful meals and invited the foodie in our company to be in everybody’s way in the kitchen with notebook and camera to write some recipes down. Twice! We enjoyed our stay, did not do a whole lot, just relished the peace, the food, the birds - and the bottle of Indian white at dinner. At the end of our three nights’ stay, the entire staff came out to say goodbye, and to give us a pressing invitation to return. Which, if we ever hit Periyar again, we will surely do as we had a wonderful time there.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Thekkady 685536, India
Region: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
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Ranked #1 of 94 Speciality Lodging in Thekkady
Price Range: £195 - £294 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — KTDC Lake Palace Thekkady 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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