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“"Living in harmony with nature"”
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Aranya Nivas KTDC
Ranked #16 of 43 Hotels in Thekkady
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“"Living in harmony with nature"”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

This title is unique to Aranya nivas as it is the only three star hotel located deep inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, constructed with granite stones in the traditional plantation bungalow style, with minimum possible disturbance to the jungle life, over a century ago.The long list of celebrity guests of the hotel include the names of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Priyadarshini, whose picture adorns the wall of the lobby along with the photograph of the Mullaperiyar dam under construction. All essential amenities of a three star hotel are provided,with the clean swimming pool being the star attraction. The service of the staff and the food offered at the restaurant is excellent. This hotel offers an excellent getaway from the bustle of the city life.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Bengaluru, India
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146 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014

This property is clean, spacious and beautiful. It is located inside the Periyar wildlife sanctuary and run by KTDC. I had my apprehensions before going to the place and booked it mainly because of its location. However the staff, the property and food.. everything associated with the place is awesome. I had booked the premium rooms and trust me they are huge....A vacation well spent.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2014

Managed by KTDc its a good property quite close to the Periyar lake which is the most important attraction of Thekkady. The food was average nothing special at the property. be aware as this is in Jungle so there are lot of Monkey which keep jumping in and out of the property and Hotel is least bothered about that. You can't move out of the premise after 6 as its in Jungle and rules of the Jungle follow.

Room Tip: Hotel gives confirmed ticket of the boat ride in Lake which is a big plus for staying in this proper...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Chennai (Madras), India
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2014

Aranya Nivas is a property located inside thePeriyar Wildlife Sanctuary and is run by KTDC. It is one of the three properties inside the forest.

The main advantage of staying here is that you need not stand in the queue for the boat tickets and generally you are assured upper deck tickets for the safari. Further they have a lot of trekking/walking programs to choose from.

Stayed there for 2 nights on a holiday with Family in March 2014.

Pro's
• Friendly and helpful staff.
• Pretty clean and well maintained.
• Decent sized rooms.
• The suite room is very huge.
• Flat screen TV with satellite channels.
• Rate can be negotiated depending on the season and occupancy.
• Hot Water available at all times.
• Extra mattress/bed available.
• Bathtub available in the suite.
• Tea/Coffee maker and fridge available in the room.
• Split a/c in both the living and bed room of the suite.
• Lovely bathroom amenities.
• Suite overlooks the swimming pool.
• Few games available to use in the evening.
• Free library with a decent section of books that you could take to the room to read.
• Clean swimming pool.
• Decent spread for Breakfast and Dinner.

Con’s
• Expensive for the facilities provided.
• No view of the lake from the rooms.
• Food & Beverage - very expensive.
• Almost the same menu everyday for the buffet breakfast and buffer dinner.
• You cannot go out of the property between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. due to security reasons.
• No a/c in the rooms except the suite.
• Windows cannot be opened due to the fear of monkeys coming inside.
• Table games like pool charged per hour for usage.
• Nothing to do after 6 p.m. if you have hyper active kinds with you except watch TV.
• Swimming pool is also used by the monkeys apart from the residents.

Room Tip: The suite is the only room with air conditioning. Very useful as opening the windows for air is not...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Level 4 Contributor
13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2014

Location of the hotel is excellent. If you like forest, this is the place to stay. But remember market is 4km and you can't walk, either a auto or taxi. After 6pm hotel compound gate is closed. But the surrounding is awesome, deep woods, squirrels jumping, monkeys whooping, birds chirping, Periyar river flowing nearby. Food is EXCELLENT. No queue for boat riding, preferential treatment for KTDC guests, jeep safari arranged by hotel.

Only one complain. They should keep security guard in swimming pool. I have seen monkeys drinking water and kids are swimming in it. Totally Unhygienic.

Room Tip: Prefer forest facing room, not garden facing.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Miami Beach, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2014

This place is very basic. If you are looking for luxury or comfort this is not the place for you. Rooms are very average with cracks in the walls and the bathrooms need some repairs. Everything is really clean but really old and plain. The food is ok, the staff is ok. Keep in mind they lock you in at 6pm so you can't come in and out of this place after that time because its in the wild.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Malaga, Spain
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2014

Great location in the park with lots of wildlife around, actually in some cases a bit too much as the monkeys are really obnoxious and will get into the room if windows are not completed locked. Good food, friendly staff. Clean and large rooms.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Aranya Nivas KTDC
Address: Kumily, Thekkady 685536, India
Region: India > Kerala > Idukki District > Thekkady
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Thekkady
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Aranya Nivas KTDC 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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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Aranya Nivas Ktdc Hotel Thekkady
Aranya Nivas Idukki
Aranya Nivas Hotel Idukki
Aranya Nivas KTDC Thekkady, Kerala, India

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