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“An awesome stay at the bank of Thekkady lake bank”
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Aranya Nivas KTDC
Ranked #15 of 43 Hotels in Thekkady
Kochi (Cochin), India
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“An awesome stay at the bank of Thekkady lake bank”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Nothing can be compared with the premium lake view room stay. Premium rooms are really specious and private balcony with glass windows is awesome (better not to open those windows as monkeys may barge in!!) Beer parlour is available for chilling out alongside swimming pool. Nice food (mostly buffet) and very friendly staffs. They organize for boating passes. Suggest to take the first boat, which leaves around 7.30AM.

Room Tip: Premium rooms with lake view :)
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Worcestershire England
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Stayed here for one night so we could visit Periyar for the early boat trip. Nice hotel - pleasant restaurant. Keep your windows closed - monkeys everywhere. When I asked the guide what sort of monkeys they were he stated they were "normal monkeys" - they are in fact macaques.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2014

The Good Stuff:
-The hotel is one of 2-3 properties located INSIDE the forest. Quite exclusive and peaceful.
-The staff is pretty friendly and courteous.
-The hotel can arrange for your boat tickets and that saves you the hassle of standing in line (especially if you want to get tickets for the 7.30am ride!) HUGE PLUS!
-The pool is not deep but very attractive. The property is quite nice.

The Eh-Ok Stuff:
-Food was nothing to write home about. Average tasting and basic. Dinner buffet at 450/- was a joke.
-The rooms are clean and comfortable but nothing you haven't seen elsewhere. The approach to the property led us to believe that our rooms are going to be absolutely magnificent.
-There isn't much to do at the property really. There's an entertainment room but not a lot of videos. There's a small library with some games but it didn't look very inviting. There was no tea/coffee shop/cafe and the bar was closed the entire 3 days we stayed here.

The Are-You-Kidding-Me?! Stuff:
-The gates to the forest close at 5pm. That means you HAVE to return to the hotel by this time. The only way you can stay out a while longer is if you get a ticket for the Tribal Dance performance arranged by the Forestry dept. Then, you can flash that ticket and enter before 7.30pm (the tribal dance show runs from 6-7pm and you're given 30 mts to return to the resorts inside the forest). The tickets for the show are a neat 200 rupees. The show is interesting but nothing you cannot afford to miss. It is silly that you have to buy your way to spend a couple more hours out in Kumily or wherever. And you still cannot stay late.
-The breakfast at the resort was so-so. Lunch was COMPLETELY North Indian (A la carte) and the only Kerala dishes available were choices of fish. This was pretty ridiculous as I am a vegetarian and my friend is not. I expected to find at least some appams or aviyal (traditional Kerala dishes) on the menu. It is a shame that a KTDC resort serves no south Indian food for lunch. Dinner was again a huge let down with the buffet costing Rs.450/- and totally lacking any south Indian food whatsoever. I mean, not even a simple rasam or some curd rice. The choices in the buffet were so boring and bland that I chose to skip dinner on our second night.
-Room service is only limited to coffee or tea really. I was shocked that I couldn't order any food or an alternate beverage at 6pm. Is it impossible to throw some fruit in a blender and whip up some fresh juice?
-There aren't a lot of walking trails near the property so you really cannot wander around very far when there's light.
-The hotel can arrange a van service or some sort of pickup service for people who want to go into Kumily. Maybe a pick-up/drop off service every 2 hrs could work. Auto guys have probably never heard of a meter and they charge the first number they fancy.
-The wifi is only available in the lobby, not in your room.
-Did I mention there is NOTHING to do at the resort once you get back around 5pm?!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Hyderabad, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2014

we spend one night at this hotel. Located inside the forest. Very near to Lake Boating . Boating tickets are arranged by the staff only. Due to rain we are not enjoyed by roaming out side the hotel. Good to stay. pool is clean and clear

Room Tip: Suite room
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Thane, India
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Property is good but not a convenient location. One has no mobility before 6:30 AM and post 6:30 PM as property is in Jungle area. If one wants to take Periyar Wildlife Safari for full day you can not start early to have advantage of catching wild animals in natural habitat.
The courtesy and support of staff is average not suiting hospitality.
Poor ventilation in rooms which are non-air-conditioned.
Good location to take boat safari.
Food quality and choice is average.

Room Tip: Main attraction is periyar Wildlife safari to avail avoid staying at Aranya Nivas
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Indore, India
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2014

better to stay here in winters as no ac rooms n hv to keeep windows closeed due to monkeys.location of the property is exxcellent n inthe periyar wildlife reserve.only 1 ac room is there.swimming pool is good.any queries can be addresssed to dr anand bhagwat on 9826651096

Room Tip: better opt for the only ac room.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2014

The location of this hotel is right in middle of the periyar forest. however because of such location guests are not permitted to move out of the hotel after 6 pm. Not much activities around the hotel in the evening.

But do not miss the morning boat ride across the periyar lake.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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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 Idukki
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Aranya Nivas KTDC Thekkady, Kerala, India

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