This property is one of the few which is located inside the forest, which makes easy access to jungle safari by boating. However, you would not be able to access the town and enjoy other activities, as the gate closes by 6 P.M. The resort, though located amidst the jungle, does not give you a particularly 'wild' feeling. Rooms are decent and bathrooms are just O.K. It is well maintained in comparison to typical Government hotels. We stayed on the Christmas Eve and got a good dinner ( charged extra for the special dinner), but the breakfast spread was miserable. The only huge plus point of this property is that it ensures your easily accessible boating , as the boating starts right from front of the hotel and they issue tickets to the Lake Palace and Aranya Nivas guests in preference , before issuing tickets to other hotel customers. This is a big benefit , specially during peak seasons, as was in our case. Otherwise, there is nothing much to recommend about this property - it depends on individual taste whether to avail this hotel or stay outside the jungle area.
- 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, India